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The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
Contemporary fiction

The Reckless Oath We Made

Repeat author
Bryn Greenwood is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.

by Bryn Greenwood

Quick take

Strong Don Quixote vibes, from the author of 2016 Book of the Year winner All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Better brush up on ye Olde English.

Good to know

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    400+ pages

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    Multiple viewpoints

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Why I love it

Liberty Hardy
BOTM Judge

Get ready to call in sick so you can devour one of the most imaginative novels of the year! Its wildly original story full of achingly real characters will have you turning the pages like you’re competing in an Olympic reading event.

Zhorzha Trego has a world of problems. She lives with her gullible older sister and five-year-old nephew in Kansas. She waits tables (and sells pot) to try and make ends meet; she is in chronic pain; her mother is a recluse who has filled their family home with junk; her father died in prison; and now there has been an abduction that hits close to home. Enter Gentry, a neurodiverse young man who thinks he is a knight—he literally speaks in Medieval English—whose voices have told him to save Zhorzha. Together, like the characters in Greenwood’s last novel, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, they will change each other’s lives forever.

Three words: What a book! I loved these characters in all their sweet, damaged glory. And you can tell Greenwood does, too. As soon as I started reading this book, I couldn’t wait to see where she was taking them. I will be 100% honest with you—it took me a page to get used to Gentry’s way of speaking, but then I found it added so much more to the story. This is an unusual, beautiful novel, and I was sad to see it end.

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Zee is nobody's fairy tale princess. Almost six-foot, with a redhead's temper and a shattered hip, she has a long list of worries: never-ending bills, her beautiful, gullible sister, her five-year-old nephew, her housebound mother, and her drug-dealing boss.

Zee may not be a princess, but Gentry is an actual knight, complete with sword, armor, and a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee's champion. Both shy and autistic, he's barely spoken to her since, but he has kept watch, ready to come to her aid.

When an abduction tears Zee's family apart, she turns to the last person she ever imagined—Gentry—and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to one another forever.

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Get an early look from the first pages of The Reckless Oath We Made.

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4775 ratings
  • 57% Love
  • 33% Like
  • 8% Dislike
  • Seattle , WA

    A lot of people saying this isn’t as good as her debut. I hate those kind of reviews! It can’t be compared in my opinion. I LOVED this book. Maybe just as much as “All the ugly and wonderful things.”

  • Reno, NV

    I absolutely love Bryn’s books! She crafts such amazing stories that are so different from anything I’ve ever read. She had a talent for making awful scenarios fascinating - I can’t wait to read more!

  • Washington, WV

    It took me a while to get used to the Olde English, but I can’t imagine this story without it! I love the unique characters. They don’t care that their relationship doesn’t make sense to anyone else.

  • South Easton, MA

    I absolutely loved this book. I could not wait to find time to read. I love Bryn Greenwood’s characters so much that I ordered any other books that she had written that I did not read. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Raleigh , NC

    A thought provoking novel that makes you question “love”, and gives you insight to the power of trauma. You will never hate and love a supposed protagonist more than you do in this tale of adventure.

  • Montclair, NJ

    I absolutely love Bryn Greenwood’s raw and vulnerable writing style and this book did not disappoint. I wasn’t prepared for the Shakespearean English and was a bit nervous at first but got used to it.

  • Helena, MT

    This wholly original, modern-day-medieval adventure juxtaposes Zee’s harsh, flawed reality with Gentry’s k-nightly chivalry to render a true, if unlikely, portrait of sacrifice, forgiveness, & love.

  • Lake Jackson, TX

    I finished this book a few days ago & I’m still thinking about it. The story built up at a good pace and the characters were all unique. I couldn’t relate to any of them but I enjoyed their journey.


    Didn’t think I’d like this but I LOVED it. Gentry is such a gem. I adored his Old English. Didn’t care for Zee much but she turned around at the end. There’s so much more than the synopsis gives!

  • Dandridge, TN

    I loved the rawness of it. The brutal honesty on how the characters lived. My son is on the spectrum, so this hit home to me as well. Loved how it wasn’t the typical love story, and I could not put it

  • Oak Harbor, WA

    Bryn Greenwood has done it again. I didn’t want to ever finish this book. All the characters were well rounded, and the plot was beautiful but heartbreaking. Gentry has become my new fictional crush.

  • Mount Horeb, WI

    I loved this book so much. The characters in this story and the relationships between them are so tangible and, just like her previous book, I loved every one of them, even the ones that aren’t easy.

  • Carlsbad , CA

    Loved this story, wasn’t at all what I was expecting but they were such interesting characters. Such a great ending considering everything that is packed into this book: exciting, sad, happy/difficult

  • Broken Bow, NE

    I enjoyed the narration by different characters in this book and the development of Zee and Gentry’s relationship. I was inspired by Gentry being himself, unapologetically, and was drawn in by that.

  • Brewerton, NY

    Anything by Bryn I’m there for it. I just am obsessed with her writing style and her mind !!! All The Ugly and Wonderful Things is my favorite book of all time so I had to read this one! It was great

  • Plankinton, SD

    Greenwood writes in such a way that I am both apprehensive and can't wait to pick it up, all at the same time. She reminds to not be judgmental and remember there's always a root to someone's behavior

  • League City, TX

    Absolutely loved this!! Zee's character gives me hope, to keep trying to do what's right, even when things fall around you, and to love your family the best you can. It was hard to put this book down!

  • Olathe, KS

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found myself thinking about the plot and the characters all day (I don't usually do that). Gentry is charming and Zee is so strong - I'd read more books about them!

  • North Canton, OH

    Though it took a bit to get into, once you get the background of Gentry & Zee you cannot help but wish the best for them. At times you want to throttle them but in the end its another wonderful story.

  • Lisbon, OH

    A fantastic, easy read you will not want to put down. I immediately rooted for the main character and her champion. I loved that Gentry had a DX of autism and was a true, Olde English speaking, hero.

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