Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review of Sworn to Conflict + Blog Tour for Sworn to Secrecy by Terah Edun

Sworn to Raise
Series- Courtlight Series #1 
By- Terah Edun
Genre- Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age 

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. 

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

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Sworn to Transfer
Series- Courtlight Series # 2
By- Terah Edun
Genre- Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age 

Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. The Ameles Forest lies unprotected and its inhabitants are dying.

As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.

With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city’s nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she’s given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.

To keep the Companions’ Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she’s faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.

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Sworn to Conflict
Series- Courtlight Series # 3 
By- Terah Edun
Genre- Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age 
Publication Date- December 6, 2013

Ciardis Weathervane fought for the living dead and won. But worse than taking on a mass murderer, was her discovery that she had been deceived by her friends. Now she needs to not only fight a war in the North and survive, but also decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides.

A threat to all she holds dear lies in the North and her heart is not the only thing she might lose. A massive army awaits in the mountain pass, surging closer to the gates of the southern lands. Nothing the Algardis army has done so far has dissuaded their march forward and Ciardis finds out that her powers to enhance are needed now more than ever.

As she faces her greatest fears on the battlefields and her heart is torn between her love of Sebastian and loyalty to her family, Ciardis must choose her fate carefully. For in her path, lies the destiny of the empire.

This third novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Transfer.


Another great transition from one book to another for Terah Edun! Ciardis Weathervane had so much happen to her in Sworn to Transfer from betrayal to blossoming love that the third book had to jump right back into the action but also provide some sort of way to get Ciardis back into the action with all the characters that I loved from the first two books since she was so removed from them. Having her be in a coma solved a lot of that! Being a fantasy book has it's advantageous ;)

Ciardis is thrown into wars and conflicts that seem so far over her head, until she shows you what kind of character she really is and that she has a back bone. I loved that we connected with her long lost family and that gave a sort of contrast to her life, from the beginning of the series where she is strong because of being alone and having to survive to the present were she not only is she falling in love but learning to have a family member to love. She maintained her innocent nature but also is turning into quite the young woman and I am happy to watch this progress unfold. 

The story is thickening nicely as well. There is so much going on in this world that it seems difficult that we are going to wrap so many story lines up, but I am very interested to see where we are going. As we got to know more about the conflicts within the kingdom, I thought this installment did a very good job of maintaining a clear picture about what these conflicts are and where they are as well. That can be difficult in a high fantasy novel, and can sometimes get muddled with so much information. Not so in Sworn to Conflict and I thought it paced itself nicely. Ciardis Weathervane is the kind of heroine that I can picture myself following into the biggest, scariest battle to end to the world.....and that might be where we are headed here!- My Opinion- ****5 Stars!

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Sworn to Secrecy 
Series- The Courtlight Series #4 
By- Terah Edun 
Expected Publication Date-February 28, 2014

In the heart of the Imperial Courts, Ciardis Weathervane knows that death is coming for the empire. With her friends by her side and the new triad of Weathervanes, she's in a race against time to convince the courts of the same. 

She must do her best to unite kith, mages, nobles and merchants under one cause - the fight to prevent a war. Soon she is forced to keep a secret that could exonerate her mother of the Empress's death, and is always one move away from stepping into diplomatic chaos. 

Throw in a Daemoni Prince who is showing interest in the youngest Weathervane, a jealous Prince Heir, and a irritated dragon with her own designs on Ciardis, and you have an Imperial Court in turmoil. 

This fourth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Conflict. 

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As they flew over the city, Ciardis was surprised to see the sky darkening with ominous clouds. Not the kind that predict heavy rains, but the ones that flashed and flared with clouds of purple and midnight blue full of thunder and lightning. The winds picked up and slammed into them above the city. In Thanar’s arms she felt the buffet of harsh winds tangling her hair, ice scraping her skin, and the feel of Thanar’s muscles bunching as he clutched at her desperately, trying to keep ahold of her and stay flying high.

“What’s going on?” she yelled into his ear. She tried turning to face forward and see what was in front of them but the wind and ice was too strong. They stung her eyes and forced them closed. She couldn’t imagine how Thanar was handling it. Determined not to bury her face in his shoulder and wish away her fears, she faced backwards, looking past his broad black wings to what lay behind them.
She almost wished she hadn’t. Because what she saw almost made her swallow her tongue down her throat in fear.

She screamed in his ear. “Thanar! Trouble!”

“What kind?” he snapped back.

“The fire-breathing dragon kind!”

He turned his head slightly in the air, too laden down by her weight while he fought the fierce winds to turn his full body. What he saw made him start cursing enough to set the air on fire in three languages.

“Hang on,” he snapped at her.

“To what?” she screamed as he suddenly dropped through the air.

Desperately she clung to his neck and prayed to the seven gods to deliver them from this evil. Because the dragon wasn’t just passing by. When Thanar dropped, so did he. The great horned beast, black of scale and fiery of eyes, smiled with rows of razor-sharp teeth as he gained airspeed on them with a leisurely pursuit. The dragon didn’t even look like he was breaking a sweat. If dragons could sweat at all.

Not that Ciardis was such a connoisseur of dragon physique. It could have been female for all she knew. The only thing she could say with definite certainty was that it didn’t look friendly and it certainly wasn’t Raisa.

“This isn’t working,” Ciardis screamed to Thanar. “He’s gaining on us.”

Thanar kept falling in the air. “I’ve got an idea.”

“Does it involve us bashing into a building at top speed? Because it looks like that’s what going to happen more or less,” she said. By this time Ciardis had her nails digging into Thanar’s topless shoulders, and she was fairly certain it would leave a mark if they survived.

About the author:
Terah Edun is a young adult  fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and has spent years living abroad in South Sudan and Morocco. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.

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