Out Now – Oathkeeper (Schooled in Magic XX)

18 Jul

The Allied Lands are in mortal danger. Three of the most powerful necromancers in the Blighted Lands have banded together into an unstoppable force, one capable of breaching the Craggy Mountains and laying waste to the lands beyond. If they cannot be stopped, they will tear the Allied Lands apart. Nothing will survive. And so Emily, the Necromancer’s Bane, is called upon once more to stand in defense of her adopted homeland and stop the necromancers in their tracks. Her presence may be the only thing keeping the Allied Lands from shattering as the war turns hot once again.

But there is a complication. Six years ago, Emily made a promise to the Unseelie Court, swearing to give them whatever they wanted in exchange for their help. Now, that promise has been called in. The Unseelie want her to travel into the Blighted Lands, despite the risk, and carry out a mission for them. And if she refuses, she’ll die.

Emily has no choice. Gathering an army, recruiting old friends and foes and preparing new weapons, she sets out to challenge the necromancers in their lair, to complete the oath and win time for the Allied Land to prepare their defenses, to face the true horror of the Blighted Lands …

… And aware, all too aware, that the necromancers know she’s coming.

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53 Responses to “Out Now – Oathkeeper (Schooled in Magic XX)”

  1. Jared July 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

    I loved this book !! I can’t wait for more!!

  2. benbailey12373 July 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm #

    This book is A-MA-ZING!

  3. Warren The Ape July 18, 2020 at 11:44 pm #

    I just got the latest Dresden Files. “Peace Talks”

    …but I haven’t started reading it yet. So, I am going read Oathkeeper first!

    Oh yeah!

  4. G July 19, 2020 at 1:57 am #

    Amazing sequel!! I just hope Emily doesn’t regret giving out the secret of the battery as it could easily be used against her and other powerful sorcerers—she should begin thinking about how to defend against it!

  5. Jack Hudler July 19, 2020 at 2:54 am #

    Excellent read. It completes an arc started in the first book.

  6. Gordon July 19, 2020 at 5:07 am #

    Yeah baby! Another SIM book, bought, read and reviewed. First class as usual! I loved the twist with the nexus points at the end! Our girl Emily does not do things by half measures! LOL!

    • Jared July 19, 2020 at 11:44 am #

      I enjoyed that as well, hopefully Chris will eventually, reveal who is inside the nexus. And if it’s the same guy in book one who caught her.

  7. Fleeced July 19, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Awesome. Look forward to reading… I’m bloody exhausted tonight though, so will have to wait.

    Ok, maybe one or two chapters.

    • Fleeced July 21, 2020 at 11:03 am #

      Read it, loved it, want more.

  8. Derek Haig July 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

    Hi How do I buy it in the U.K.? Derek

    Sent from my iPad


  9. Rene de Visser July 20, 2020 at 9:54 am #

    A good read. I look forward to the next one!

  10. William Ameling July 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm #

    I just got it.

  11. Erin July 20, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

    Spoilers for Oathkeeper Ahead/Discussion


    Alright I just finished Oathkeeper and I really want to discuss some aspects of the book here.

    I really, really want her nuke spell to have magical consequences. Emily always tries to detect radiation post spell but doesn’t find any. I want that fallout to be magical, maybe in the unseelie court realm. I want the fallout to empower them or render the spell useless against them somehow because they learned how to counter it.

    Also, I really want to know if Penny is Nanette. Void didnt send Silent with her but an older, less experienced sorceress shows up with Lady Barb for training? And she wasn’t previously mentioned before. I think Void messed with Lady Barb’s mind to influence her to take Penny as an apprentice.

    And lastly, Emily is now the most powerful people’s public enemy number one. She is the most powerful being in the world. And has proven to be unstoppable. She has the moral compass, but for how long? Did the nexus point rip away some of her soul? Is she losing her soul slowly because Void is leeching it away from her? He has no more “supposed” purpose. What is he going to do now?

    I’m quite fascinated to see what is coming in these books

    • Jared July 21, 2020 at 1:27 am #

      I don’t agree with your desire for consequences with the nuke spell.

      I think Silent is Nanette not penny

      • rhino July 21, 2020 at 2:15 am #

        Yeah, nukes and all effects should belong to Emily. Literary license, if you split atoms by magic and start with non radioactive elements-then no radiation. Works for me. The mimic seems like the more useful solution anyway. Do you really think Nanette could slide under Void’s nose. Remember he employs soul magic, has them sewed tight with oaths

      • Jared July 21, 2020 at 5:51 am #

        No I don’t think she could slide under Voids noise. Lol

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 21, 2020 at 3:12 am #

      Hint, Penny has met Nanette. 😉

    • Fafnir July 21, 2020 at 4:23 am #

      I believe there was a short story on Laughter that had Nanette tricking Penny, so Penny is legit…

      While Emily has become powerful, she has also shared many of her best ideas widely–including guns and the battery. This makes her vulnerable, as her own inventions can now be used to defeat her…There is also that spell mentioned in book 3 that strips a sorcerers powers from her–and Chris tends to drop things into stories to use later…I now think it likely that Silence is Nanette, and Void her teacher.

      I would think being immersed in a powerful Nexus point would change her magically in some ways…but we shall see. Finally, if Emily created wards around the nexus point that governs other nexus points, does that mean she now unknowingly controls the re-awakened nexus points? Including the one under the White City? This could trigger numerous attempts on her life, as many would not wish her to be that

    • benbailey12373 July 21, 2020 at 1:12 pm #

      Penny is in Nanette’s tale, a novella

      • Fleeced July 23, 2020 at 3:30 am #

        Where do we read that?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 23, 2020 at 3:43 am #

        IIRC it will be in “Fantastic Schools, Volume Two” but it hasn’t been released yet.

    • Tamara July 24, 2020 at 12:58 am #

      My own humble thoughts on the book…

      1. I don’t trust Penny… might be wrong with that but she’s kind of suspicious and the original Penny could have been replaced. I read in here that there should be something in Fantastic Schools but well I haven’t read that one.

      2. She got reborn in the main Nexus of this world… What does this mean? Do the Nexi only strip “evil” energy and hers was considered clean? Or is she something like a Goddess of this world now with command over all Nexi?

      3. What happened to Aurelius? It would be sad if the little snake is gone.

      4. It might be Lucknow pulling the strings in the background. He behaved a bit odd sometimes.

      5. I expect most of the involved countries will try to claim land. It might be not much worth now but there are several Nexi in the blighted lands alone.

      6. … and I expect the Fae to contact her again

      I guess we’ll see what will happen in the books to come

      • gbarbay00 July 24, 2020 at 1:15 am #

        3, The book said it re-united with her. It didn’t mention it going away again, so I assume it is back where it belongs on Emily’s wrist.
        4. Yes, it does seem that Lucknow is heading in the antagonist direction. How much so we’ll see.
        6. I don’t know if the Fae will show up again, but if they do and they are demanding Emily do something for them, I think she should tell them to go pound sand. After this book, the balance sheet should be even between them. However, there is still that demon she owes…

      • Fahnir July 24, 2020 at 4:35 am #

        I’d like to see Emily have to get involved with demons again, and perhaps rescue the old grandmaster’s soul (who we now know was Void’s half brother) from hell…

      • Charles Anderson August 12, 2020 at 8:41 pm #

        2nd paragraph of chapter 38, right after Emily teleports to the castle. Aurelius crawls her leg and wraps around her wrist.

  12. rhino July 21, 2020 at 12:26 am #

    I was reading the book when I got your email. I liked it quite a bit, its neck & neck with Sergeant’s Apprentice. In some ways, even better. But the best part was your footnote on plans for Emily, very happy Emily has a future. Curious, what happened to the hostage image of Emily the Unseelie was keeping. I need to read it again, late night & interruptions – I could have missed something. I assume the batteries will become a staple of life available to everyone, improving the standard of living for all. If you have a loaded battery and a programed wand, you can always have light, heat, clothing, maybe even food and healing. Excellent direction and development. A bootleg battery/valve could beat the hell out of a Derringer or knife against anybody, so peasants can even the field with abusive nobles AND magicians. Well done

  13. rhino July 21, 2020 at 2:15 am #

    Yeah, nukes and all effects should belong to Emily. Literary license, if you split atoms by magic and start with non radioactive elements-then no radiation. Works for me. The mimic seems like the more useful solution anyway. Do you really think Nanette could slide under Void’s nose. Remember he employs soul magic, has them sewed tight with oaths

  14. Dani July 21, 2020 at 2:59 am #

    Emily keeps talking about the good they can do once the nexus is reignited. She seems to keep forgetting that reigniting the nexus wasn’t her idea – and that her idea of a good outcome my not align with the Unseely idea of a good outcome.

    Is it possible that Void is a Necromancer? We’ve seen three examples of Necromancers who can pass for human. We know, or at least suspect strongly, that he’s in the habit of draining lifespan from people.

  15. stephen July 21, 2020 at 4:38 am #

    Is it possible that Void has done a bilocation spell and forgot. So there’s a good void and a necromancer void? That would be a wild ride.Oh by the way the book was great please don’t let this series end anytime soon. Must ask was the book title a wee bit contrary or is it just me missing something important

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 21, 2020 at 5:07 am #

      Ah Stephen, part of the story was Emily Keeping The Oath she swore to the Fairie. 😉

  16. Tinla July 21, 2020 at 10:26 am #

    I thought Oathkeeper was quite well paced and structured. The switches between the two points of view worked perfectly for me. One of the best in the series.

  17. William Ameling July 21, 2020 at 6:22 pm #

    I doubt that there is a bilocation version of Void that is a Necromancer. I do consider it a reasonable possibility that there is alternate version of Void who is a lot more interested in getting power and might even be Nanette’s boss, although that does not quite fit with the idea of Silent being Nanette, since Emily’s version of Void should know what is going on if Silent is Nanette.

    There is a small chance that Penny is Nanette, but I consider that a small chance.

  18. SPINDOC July 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

    So Cat finds Emily in her birthday suit after the final battle. Wonder if Cat thinks the songs of Emily defeating necromancers with the power of love to be true…

    All jokes aside, book was pretty awesome, I thought the bilocate spell would be used differently. I can see the next book with be the fracturing of Allied Lands, without necromancers, every kingdom will jockey for power and try claiming the blighted lands.

    • ACYoung July 22, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

      In the short term the blighted lands will be a significant drain on the resources of the White Council (until the remaining necromancers are dealt with) and on whoever ends up ruling over them (limited farming capabilities, limited-to-no tax base etc.). This may lead to an initial aversion on the part of many of the kingdoms to claiming territory within the blighted lands. Once the adverse effects of the nexus points’ inoperation diminish sufficiently then things could change significantly (particularly if one of the kingdoms has been foresighted enough to claim as much as it could and the others have let it on the assumption that the additional territory will be a white elephant).

      In practice a significant shift in the balance of power can result in war. (The classic historical example is the War of Spanish Succession: The union of the crowns of France and Spain would change the balance of power in Europe in ways that none of the other European powers liked, so they went to war to prevent it.) Hence if one of the kingdoms does claim much of the blighted lands it is likely to find itself attacked by its neighbours as soon as they realise that the new territory is very valuable, and said kingdom is now significantly more powerful than them.

      • Fahnir July 22, 2020 at 11:47 pm #

        I would think the very high mountains which still exist between the Allied Lands and Blighted Lands will eventually result in them being their own countries–geography creating destiny, so to speak…the most immediate effect is the need to confront the necromancers was the only thing holding together the Allied Lands–they will now fragment–and many of the sorcerers and knights of the Allied Lands–which gave them independence and power from the various monarchies–will know hate Emily…

      • Hanno Frerichs July 27, 2020 at 9:03 pm #

        It is also much easier for the counties close to the boarder to claim territory, then for example Zangeria. On the other hand i doubt that the blight will go away in just a few years. And even if it does. the soil is likely less then ideal. and there are supposedly a lot of high magic zones. So new countries and magic houses expanding into those areas seem more likely in my option.

    • TINLA July 23, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

      I think the next book will involve more time travel, back further this time. There are still several unanswered questions, some of which were teased in Oathkeeper. Who built the original castles? Who placed the advanced traps in Whitehall that Emily disarmed when she went back in time? What is up with the legend about pulling down the moon? What happened to Master Wolf and in the Fae Wars? Why did the godling that was created in Beneficence seem to be sort of an advanced mimic spell, similar to what Master Wolf did to himself?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 23, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

        IIRC the “legend of about pulling down the moon” was a “practical joke” by the wizard involved.

        IE He made it look like he had pulled down the moon to a group of non-magic users.

        Lord Whitehall told that story about the wizard at the wizard’s wake.

      • chrishanger August 31, 2020 at 10:52 am #

        Yep. It was a joke created by an illusionist.


    • chrishanger August 31, 2020 at 10:50 am #

      Yep. That’s a major part of the rest of the series.


  19. Fleeced July 23, 2020 at 4:01 am #

    Oh, I forgot to ask something about the ending of Oathkeeper.

    Spoiler space – if you haven’t read it yet, scroll no further or be ye forever poiled.

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    OK, that should be enough.

    OK, so… she was naked. Was she still wearing the bracelet? It wasn’t mentioned.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 23, 2020 at 4:07 am #

      Chris has said (when I asked him) that Emily’s death viper did survive. Chris forgot to mention it. 😉

  20. Ron July 26, 2020 at 9:32 am #

    Just finished the book. A great sequel !

    Some plot-lines were closed, but some new cliffhangers were opened:
    – WHY do the faeries want the nexus reignited ? They also are humanity’s enemy after all
    – Who are Silent, Penny and Lucknow really ?
    – White City politics

    At least three books to go, says Chris. Good !
    I never finished Harry Potter, but SIM is great.

    • Tarun Elankath July 29, 2020 at 10:25 pm #

      I suspect its the Nexus Points that keep the faeries alive and the Empire initially shut them down to win a war it was closing. Unfortunately, the Necromancers most took over.

  21. Jared July 26, 2020 at 11:01 am #

    You know something I don’t think has been touched on is why where so many nexus points dead in the first place? Would the necromancers even be able to kill a nexus point? I mean I understand why hearts eyes nexus was killed a manavoure must have sucked the point dry. But what about all the others? And why was the nexus point in the white city dead?

    I think this is something that probably has been forgotten.

  22. Reader July 26, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

    Question: during Zangarian civil war someone kept trying to assassinate Emily. Was this plot line resolved, or is it still dangling? I can’t quite remember…

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 26, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

      It was resolved in Cursed.

    • benbailey12373 July 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

      It was Tobias I think his name was. The brother of the guy that tried to rape Emily. He also attacked Emily at the fair in Cursed

  23. William Ameling August 4, 2020 at 12:19 pm #

    We have been told that the Necromancers were created as weapon to defeat the Fairies during the great war that brought down the last Empire, and then the necromancers then became a major threat to what was left of the Empire.

    I wonder, because of the events in Oathkeeper where Emily reactivated all of the inactive Nexus points when she activated that one Nexus point (there may have been something special about that one particular Nexus Point and it’s location in the net work of ley lines that connects the Nexus Points), if there may have been a somewhat different sequence of events. Perhaps it was the inactivation of so many Nexus Points (in what are now the Blighted Lands) that played a major or decisive role in the defeat of the Faerie, followed by the Necromancers defeating the Great Faeries who now had considerably less power available to them to use because of the inactivation of the Nexus Points. Also the inactivation of the Nexus Point under the White City, the Capital of that Empire, may have played an important role in the breakup and fall of that Empire, because it had a lot less power to use to hold the Empire together as well as defend against the Necromancers.

    This raises the interesting and threatening possibility, that the reactivation of the dozen plus Nexus Points, may enable the Faerie to become a major threat again. So Emily may end up being blamed for bringing back the Great Faeries as the next major threat against humans on the Nameless World. The War against a revived Great Faerie threat against humans is likely to be a major theme of a future Book Series by the author after the conclusion of the Schooled in Magic Series in the next 3 Books

  24. William Ameling August 4, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

    Quite possibly, it was the deactivation of that particular Nexus Point that deactivated so many of the other Nexus Points in the Blighted Lands and elsewhere, e.g. under the White City. That Nexus Point might have been delibrately deactivated in hopes of weakening the Great Faerie in their War against the humans.

  25. fredericmora August 13, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

    Hello Chris.

    I recently finished SiM 16 and I am happy to see you are writing almost as fast as I read!

    I was unable to find SiM 17 (“Cursed”) on Kobo.com. They don’t seem to sell any of the SiM books after #16. Is this a know problem?

    • chrishanger August 31, 2020 at 11:07 am #

      It should be up now.


      • fredericmora September 4, 2020 at 7:05 am #

        I just tried searching for Cursed and Mirror Image on Kobo. Your books don’t show up. So I think this problem persists.

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