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So I loved Sawbones. And Blood Oath is no different, I still love Laura and Kindle's fun banter, and I'm still in complete AWE of the incredible narration, and the writing, where this world is absolutely believable and on point. So why is this only 4 for me? A couple of reasons. First, I Do honestly equate the books with Outlander, the characters and their stories are that strong(not the time travel part). As I said in the Sawbones review, the books aren't as long. So this book felt incomplete to me. I don't know where we are going. There is a big cliffhanger. I'm fairly certain Book 3, coming out soon thankfully, will solve that for me. So I feel like I just digested the middle third of Outlander, if that makes sense. I don't like being left like that.
Also, the narrator does make some glaring mispronounciations that I thought would be corrected here. I want the world to know this land, and how to say Kiowa (Ky-o-wa, like Kyle- definitely not KEEowa. And Palo Duro, like Pal-o not Paul-o, you know like Palo Alto. And Washita. -- wash-i-tah not washy-ta. And travois -- tra-voy. If you don't believe me check your Meriam-Webster app and both listen/look. The book and narration, and frankly the country itself, they are all just too brilliant to get these big little things wrong.
So that's why. Otherwise, bravo and I'm lining up for the next! Definitely makes my best #beachreads list!!!
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This was not an easy book to write. It is a rollercoaster of emotions - happiness, fear, anger, terror - as Laura and Kindle come to terms with everything that happened to them at the end of Sawbones (no spoilers!). After listening to Suehyla El-Attar read SAWBONES, I knew she would bring all of the roiling emotions to life and oh my gosh did she ever. These characters are flawed and complicated and Suehyla brings them to life in a stunning way. I recommend this audiobook no only because it's my work, but mostly for you to experience a book truly come alive.
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