“Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful, Madly cast its spell on me from page one, and is the most fun I’ve had reading in ages! Reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle, readers will instantly wish they lived in the magical, modern world of Nova and fall in love (no potion required!) with the down-to-earth, resourceful, and relatable Samantha. Do not miss out on this book–you’re in for a real treat!” – Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series


Longlisted for the Brandford Boase Award
Spring 2015 JLG Library Selection 
Nominated for White Pine Award 2015
Nominated for Manitoba Library Association Award 2015
Nominated for CLA YA Book award 2014

Honourable Mention Sunburst YA book Award 2014

“Exotic lands, cool magic and high adventure –  has it all. Set in a stunningly realized world where broken promises literally come to life, it’s the most compelling new fantasy I’ve read in years.”
Jonathan Stroud, internationally bestselling author of the Bartimaeus sequence and Lockwood & Co

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology. Unusual magic set in an exotic location and nomadic culture lures the reader to total immersion in Raim’s world”
Robin Hobb, internationally bestselling author of the Farseer trilogy
“Brilliant. Absolutely gripping from the start, a complete joy and a great new voice”
Conn Iggulden, International #1 bestselling author of the Empire series

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow’s a rare, rare thing; something new in fantasy. At last we’ve got a story without all the tropes of elves, ogres and knights but a high adventure inspired by Mongolia. McCulloch’s story is rich with life, real, vivid and utterly compelling”
Sarwat Chadda, author of Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

“In The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, Amy McCulloch weaves an intricate coming-of-age tale of the consequences of broken promises and betrayal, set in a rich world of magic, desert sands, and hidden cities. A page-turning debut from a talented new author”
Laura Lam, author of Pantomime

“The writing reminds me of the early Alanna books by Tamora Pierce, making the book suitable for younger readers while still providing more than enough to keep older YA and adults interested … There’s a wonderful cast of strong, flawed and evolving characters here, and some truly marvellous magical/mythological details”
Zoe Marriott, author of The Swan Kingdom

“McCulloch’s world building is fantastic”
Demitria Lunetta, author of In the After

“Overall, then, this is a very strong YA debut, and I can not wait for book two. I think a lot of people are going to love this book, this world and these characters … Definitely recommended”
–  Civilian Reader

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is an assured debut from a writer who’s going to be one to watch. Amy McCulloch has created a fantasy world that doesn’t seem too far from our own, one that ensures disbelief doesn’t have to be suspended too much, allowing the reader to concentrate on reading an inventive and exciting story. A splendid book, one that has this not-so-young adult looking forward to the next instalment”
Starburst Magazine

“I think Ms. McCulloch has done something really special here – there are hints of Robin Hobb and George RR Martin … the traditions and lore that we are introduced to feels fresh and different”
– Liz de Jager, What I’m Reading

“Adventure, combined with interesting world building and meaningful thematic touchstones, makes Oathbreaker’s Shadow the kind of important ‘Young Adult’ novel that will appeal to readers of all ages”
Justin at Staffer’s Book Review


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