Book Review

The Wicked Oath – Michael L. Lewis

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Wicked Oath, book two of the Oath series by Michael L. Lewis. You can read my review of book one, The Oath, here. Many thanks to Michael for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.

BLURB:

A wicked conspiracy. A diabolical offer. Survival: a matter of life or death!

Behind the walls of Blackleigh, a prestigious public boarding school in northern England, lurks wickedness and bullying. Those in power form a conspiracy to devise any means to expel certain boys. Surviving for their victims becomes a matter of life and death…

Jonathan Simon, in his second year, returns to school to find that ruthless prefects – Sleeth, Tunk and Miller – are in charge of his house. Things take a turn for the worse when the new Headmaster starts, and Jonathan and his friends are targeted.

As the pressure mounts, friendships become closer and scheming increases as unexpected revelations occur. For Blackleigh, the year is just beginning…

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon UK

The Book Guild

Blackwells

Waterstones

WH Smith

Foyles

Book Depository

9781913208844

REVIEW:

Picking up in the academic year immediately following the tragic events of The Oath, The Wicked Oath marks a return to Blackleigh, and Trafalgar House, for Jonathan Simon. Although Jonathan’s second year at the school starts on the promising note of a new head teacher, and a head prefect with a remit to clean up the school, it quickly became apparent that this year, in fact, was going to be even worse. My heart sank with this realisation and I was instantly on edge for the horrors that awaited the younger boys. With the knowledge that it is the prefects and not the faculty who are in charge of discipline at Blackleigh, I found myself with the image of Lord of the Flies in boarding school form.

It was somewhat cheering to meet new characters this time around in the form of seniors with a sense of decency. These characters gave me hope that perhaps Jonathan and his friends might just make it through another year at the school. That was until we were introduced to a character who’s behaviour is possibly even more chilling than that of Sleeth and Tunk in The Oath, someone who apparently has no conscience at all.

As with The Oath, this is not a book that always makes for comfortable reading, but there were some sweet moments running alongside the torment inflicted by the prefects, and I enjoyed the extra dimension that these added to the book.

With the changes that had occurred by the end of the book, I am curious to know what might happen in the final book of the trilogy. I look forward to finding out.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

51861119_2276958802625711_2368189991433011200_oMichael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

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