Though The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood is told with multiple narrators, I thought it was the story of a young woman, Zhorzha, who has a temper, a messed up hip from an accident, bills to pay, a housebound hoarder mother, and no home, so she stays with whoever she can until they get tired of her. Then her life gets even more complicated when her sister is kidnapped while volunteering at a prison by two inmates. Zee then adds to her list, care for her five year old nephew and trying to get her sister back, which becomes more difficult when she loses her job, can’t stay at her sister’s and the police take her car. Help comes to Zee in an unlikely form. Her stalker. Gentry is an autistic young man who hears voices that guide him and tell him what to do. He also is a knight who speaks only in Medieval Middle English. Two years ago the voices told him to be Zee’s champion. So Gentry has been following Zee around with the only purpose being to serve her.
I quickly found myself rooting for Zee. She has had a hard life to navigate. Things have never been easy for her and many of her decisions come because of her childhood and the affects that has had on her. She is tough and has a terrible temper and cusses up a storm which are all qualities that usually turn me off on a character. But I understood why she was the way she was and though I cringed at some of her decisions and felt so bad for her, I just wanted so badly for her to learn from life and her past and have her life become better.
Gentry was the perfect character. I’m not sure I have ever read a character like him before. He is not his autism. It is not him but what makes him who he is. It felt more like a part of his character than a handicap and I really loved autism being shown in that way. Gentry only wants to serve and I so very much loved reading about a character whose only purpose was service.
Zee and Gentry are so very different. I loved their interactions and how they come to help one another. They each grow and make their lives better and I love a story where flawed people become even a little better.
This is a story of promises and broken promises, forgiveness and loyalty.
My copy of The Reckless Oath We Made was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review