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4.10.2015

Blood Oath ~ Review with Excerpt

Blood Oath
The Seaward Isle Saga 3
By Joni Parker

Alex has a new mission a Blood Oath put on her by her elf cousin Prince Darin after Mellen's failed attempt on his life.  An attempt that would have succeeded if not for Alex and her abilty to hear Mellen's Elfspeak conversations.  Whether she wants to or not Alex must track down this danger to the Isle and kill him.

But tracking Mellen is dangeous as he has the ability to summon Shadows to either do battle for him or to enter him - strengthening him.  And he can also attack with a misuse of a Cranial thrust which can kill.

But Alex's quest for Mellen's death is constantly being diverted as the pirates attack and traitors within threaten thee stability of the kingdoms.  But Mellen is at the heart of all the unrest. Will Alex survive or will she finally fall to Mellen or her enemies?

I have to say I would not want to visit Seaward Isle.  The majority of the human men are major jerks. Though it was pleasant to see Alex's brother Beren actually turn into a decent human being who really seemed to care for his little sister.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author through PUYB in exchange for my honest review and blog tour participation.

*Please note that this book may contain subject/language that may be offensive to some readers (PG+). The sneak peek that online retailers offer will not show these scenes.

About the Author:
Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan. Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college. However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer’s Mate. After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy. As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree. She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband. When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job. Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion. She currently lives in Texas.

Her latest fantasy books are The Black Elf of Seaward IsleTangled Omens and
Blood Mission.

For More Information
• Visit Joni Parker’s website.
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• Find out more about Joni at Goodreads.
• Contact Joni.

About the Book:
Title: Blood Oaths
Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC
Pages: 323
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Format: Paperback/Kindle

While on leave from the army, Alex visits her cousin, Prince Darin of the Water
Elves, and arrives in time to thwart an assassination attempt ordered by the
rogue Elf Mellen. Although weakened by poison, the Prince assigns Alex a
Blood Mission to kill Mellen. However, Alex finds the Elf elusive as he organizes
and trains his pirates to take over the harbor at Agana, the best deep water
port on the island.

At the same time, Alex must deal with Colonel Jeffrey, a handsome young
man determined to marry her for her inheritance. Alex rejects his advances
and faces his wrath, becoming the target of several murderous plots.
Unfortunately, her path to success includes Colonel Jeffrey as she needs him
and his soldiers to stop the Elf Mellen before he takes over and destroys the
fragile civilization on the island.


For More Information
• Blood Oath is available at Amazon.
• Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
• Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Book Excerpt:

After she left Colonel Penser, Alex marched up to Major Jonnbo's
bedroom and knocked on the door. When he didn't answer the door, she
pounded on it harder and shouted at him.

"It's too early." Major Jonnbo yawned. "Come on in, Alex."

"Colonel Penser wants to talk to us."

"I'll get dressed." He sat up in bed, yawning and rubbed his head.

He stretched his arms and stood up. "So, what's going on?" He opened the
wardrobe, grabbing some clean clothes.

"The Commandant gave me a new mission to kill the Elf Mellen. Isn't it a
little late to be sleeping?" Alex turned around while he put his clothes on.

"That Elf again? You're an Elf, aren't you? You can use your Elfness and
locate him that way, can't you? I don't know much about them." He put on his

"Elfness?" Alex wrinkled her brow.

"You know, Elf stuff. Weird stuff."

"I'm not very good at that. I don't know how to do it like the Elves, but I
can hear what they say when they Elfspeak."

"What is that Elfspeak stuff anyway?"

"They can talk to each other with their thoughts. It sounds just like a
normal conversation, but it's private. They just don't know I can hear them.
It's a little weird. I'm still learning how to use it."

"When did the Commandant get here?"

"He's not here--I saw him at the Regiment before I left." Alex pointed
over her shoulder with her thumb. "I think he wants to see me dead."

"It's his job to assign tough missions to the best tracker, Alex. And that's
you. Let's go." Major Jonnbo pushed her out the door.