Children - Grade 4th-6th

Forgotten Oath

Category:Children - Grade 4th-6th

Author:Dorothea N. Buckingham

  • Publisher: Atmosphere Press
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 124
  • ISBN-13: 979-8-89132-148-9

Forgotten Oath by Dorothea N. Buckingham is a captivating middle-grade novel that blends elements of fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. The story follows Noah, a young boy who finds himself thrust into a centuries-old oath made by his grandfather to a Night Marcher, a supernatural being from Hawaiian folklore. As Noah travels back in time to 1834 Hilo, he must navigate a web of intrigue to prove his innocence and fulfill his promise. One of the most striking aspects of Forgotten Oath is its exploration of themes of honor, loyalty, and the consequences of breaking promises. Through Noah's journey, the author pulls readers into a world where ancient oaths carry grave consequences, and the bonds of family and duty are tested. The author crafts the protagonist's transformation from doubt to determination with cleverness and tact, offering a compelling arc that resonates with readers of all ages.

Buckingham's narrative structure is equally beautiful, with each chapter building suspense and momentum as Noah digs deeper into the mystery surrounding the Night Marcher's descendant. The interplay between past and present timelines augments the complexity of the story and builds suspense. Moreover, Buckingham's vivid descriptions of Hawaiian folklore and historical settings transport readers to another time and place, immersing them in the rich cultural tapestry of the story. From lush landscapes to eerie graveyards, the novel's setting serves as a vivid backdrop for Noah's quest, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative. The characters in Forgotten Oath are finely drawn and believable, each with their own distinct traits and motivations. From the authoritative Reverend Newhouse to the skeptical Little William and the enigmatic Lopaka, each character stands out and occupies a unique spot in the ensemble. The dialogues sparkle through the pages and the drama is persistent. Forgotten Oath is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that will capture the imagination of readers young and old. With its richly imagined world, Dorothea N. Buckingham has crafted a timeless tale of courage, redemption, and the enduring power of promises kept.


Reviewed By: James Farlow

Reviewed Date: March 19, 2024

Category: Children - Grade 4th-6th

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