Review – Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun

Review – Sworn to Transfer by Terah EdunSworn to Transfer by Terah Edun
Series: Courtlight #2

Published by Createspace on September 17th 2013
Also by this author: Sworn to Raise
Pages: 255
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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.

Sworn to Transfer is the sequel to Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun. The story of Ciardis Weathervane continues in this surprisingly good sequel. If you haven’t read the first book, you might see some minor spoilers in this review.

Sworn to Raise had peaked my curiosity and I saw the potential in the story setting and worldbuilding. I didn’t expect Sworn to Transfer to honour that potential and now the whole series is on my recommended list. Edun has shown that there is more to her world than just the Companion’s Guild and court life.

What I liked most, was the change of environment. The story starts out in Sandrin, but the majority of the story takes place in the Ameles forest. The Kith are better introduced and the magic Ciardis and her allies use becomes more complex. The Kith are animals that have access to magic, but that doesn’t mean they are all humanoid. Edun did a great job of making the world feel more alive.

The magic used in Sworn to Transfer is more mature than what was shown in Sworn to Raise. More deadly, more complex, more elegant. Edun has done a great job in showing the differences between the different kinds of mages and aptitude. A mage who has had years of practice can manipulate their magic infinitely better than an apprentice mage.

Sworn to Transfer has earned 4 stars for the great worldbuilding and not just focusing on her existing cast of characters, but not forgetting them either.

If you liked this book, you’d probably like the Grimoire Saga by S. M. Boyce as well.  It starts with Lichgates.

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