Title: Sworn to Raise
Author: Terah Edun
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Courtlight, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Despite some flaws--editing errors and slightly off the mark worldbuilding--I enjoyed Sworn to Raise--it wasn't a bad story!
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ciardis is an orphan girl, trying to make ends meet in her village. When she discovers her lover has been unfaithful, she is soon approached by a companion--and she finds herself thrust into the complex world of politics, training for her craft, and magic. When she meets a young, headstrong price, Ciardis realizes that her country might be at stake if she doesn't move quickly enough..
What I enjoyed:
-The narrative was well-paced
-Ciardis, the stubborn young woman who wants nothing more than a better life and finds herself in quite the sticky situation
-Sebastian--he was a key point for me, and he provided a lot of comic relief when the novel got heavy
-The way the novel flowed well, and I couldn't put it down
-Many of the characters at the Guild, especially Lady Sarah and Lady Serena
-The constant political and romantic tension throughout the novel, at times mixing together
What could've been better:
-There were quite a few editing errors--at one point a paragraph was completely cut off
-The world-building was slightly off--at times it didn't make sense for me, especially when it came to explanations of magic, but it was only slight
-I wish there had been more explanation on Ciardis's family
I enjoyed Sworn to Raise--it wasn't bad! Next on deck: The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal!