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Posted February 9, 2014
Not as good as the first book.
Did I enjoy this book: I didn’t like it as much as I liked the first book in the series. I suppose I was hoping for round two to involve some deeper character development (and DEFINITELY some better editing). I wanted Ciardis to mature a bit and while she certainly had several chances, she didn’t. I guess I wasn’t expecting such a dramatic shift in book 2; I kind of feel like I read a completely different book – the characters just had the same names.
I admire Edun’s attempt to move the storyline in a more serious direction, and I have every intention of reading the other two books in the series (my reviews for Sworn to Conflict and Sworn to Secrecy will be posted in March 2014). I just, I don’t know. I was expecting more of the fun, light-hearted magical mayhem I got in book 1, and though I’m not disappointed (exception: Edun STILL needs to do some serious editing & grammar work), I’m just a bit wary of the rest of the series.
Would I recommend it: You know? I’d really like to discuss this series with someone, so, yes. I’ll recommend it.
Will I read it again: Nope, but I’ve got the next two books in the series queued up for March!
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
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Posted March 23, 2014
I absolutely love how this author writes. She’s so descriptive and melodic. You’re drawn right into the story at hand. I feel like I was right there with the characters. The author’s breathtakingly beautiful descriptions leave you with an image of the scene at hand. Edun mixes intrigue with action and suspense to create a very heady combo. This novel is definitely more intense and action packed than the first in the series, yet loses none of the beauty that we found there. The powerful storyline keeps you guessing and hopping throughout. I found myself wrapped back up in this world before the end of the first chapter. I definitely couldn’t put this down, nor could I stop thinking about it.
The main character in this story is absolutely perfect for her role. She keeps growing with her role, even if it isn’t always willingly. I found my heart breaking for her while at the same time knowing that she’d make it thru. She’s also backed up by an amazingly diverse yet well-developed supporting cast that both help and hinder her. The well-rounded cast really helps to make this amazing story even better. One of the best parts about this cast is the fact that many of them are coming of age and are still growing into their own. You get to see them morph and change based on the situations that they face, and 9 times out of 10 they become better people because of it.
This story was absolutely breathtaking. It was a very intricate and multifaceted tale that definitely left me wanting more. I can’t wait to get back with the 3rd instalment in the series.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 22, 2014
I was super excited to continue with this series, and it did not disappoint one bit. It was even more exciting and action-packed than the first book.
I really loved seeing the changes in the characters. Sebastian seemed to have transformed in the blink of an eye. He was no longer the young Prince Heir first introduced in Sworn to Raise. His confidence had grown and he matured into a fair and noble prince who I could finally see as the hero of this story. Of course, Ciardis was still constantly getting into trouble or finding mischief. She was still battling with the control of her powers and it caused more harm than good.
There was quite a bit of intrigue thrown into this story with the Duke of Cinnis out for blood, and the threat of war between humans and kith due to a strange being who controlled the shadows and so much more. The Shadowwalker was wicked and felt no mercy for those he slay. Even more intriguing was the sudden appearance of another Weathervane. Who was he? Why was he with the Shadowwalker? And then there was The Shadow Council. What was their purpose? And what did they want from Ciardis?
It was really strange that Maree Amber suddenly took over Ciardis' training and then for her to send her off to the Ameles Forest, I had to wonder if it was just a way to get rid of her for a while, or if she really believed she served a purpose and could be of great help. The trip to and through the forest was a fantastic fantasy adventure that introduced a variety of strange and fascinating creatures. Some wild and vicious, and others a little more subdued.
This was a wonderful story filled with mythical beings and plenty of mysticism. I enjoyed watching as Ciardis learned to wield her mage powers; how to manipulate them and use them for good, rather than causing the chaos she had in the Courts. The ending left me enthralled and I am eager to dive right into the next book.
Posted December 4, 2013
As I began to read this the second book in the Courtlight Series I realized that as mush as I had loved book one and all of it's properties book two was so much more. Born to Transfer was not going to be a disappointment. Just the opposite this book was one magic ripple after another. As Ciardis begins to learn how to control the magic inside her all hell breaks lose and everything get turned upside down. All that Ciardis thought to be true may not be as the darkness creeps in light is shed on truths that no one was prepared for leaving Ciardi questioning her entire existence and not knowing who she can truly trust. Will she learn the truth before it's to late? Only time will tell. As you will get no spoilers from me. I am head over heels in love with this series so far and can only hope that it continues to take me into a magical realm like none has ever seen before!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2013
Sworn To Transfer (Courtlight #2)by Terah Edun
When companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane helped the royal heir, Prince Sebastian, regain his throne, they unintentionally released a threat that imperils the Kits and humans of the Ameles Forest. Now with the help of some old friends and some new they must help the realm’s inhabitants.
Terah Edun continues to successfully develop her characters making them multidimensional and convincing. The story is mysterious making Ciardia (and the reader) not know which of her friends are trustworthy. I enjoy Ciardia behavior and that she doesn’t let people walk all over her. She questions authority and has a knack for getting I trouble.
Terah Edun has done a fantastic job continuing the Courtlight Series. She has created an intriguing fantasy world with interesting characters. Her story has attention-grabbing sub plots that make the book hard to put down.
ARC provided publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 2, 2013
Amazing sequel to first book. I love the story and characters. It's interesting read and great plot. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2013
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook from Terah Edun in exchange for an honest review.]
Some authors never improve, but Terah Edun is not one of them. Instead, in Sworn to Transfer she fixed pretty much everything that was wrong with the last book. The pacing was much better because everything was slowed down to a manageable but interesting speed and the villain wasn’t such a caricature as in Sworn to Raise.
What I liked the most about Sworn to Transfer is how Ciardis’ character has developed over time. You can tell that although she keeps getting in trouble with the Companions’ Guild for breaking protocol, overall she’s far more sure of herself and her powers. At the same time, things are a little more awkward between Ciardis and Sebastien. You can tell they’re starting to develop feelings for each other, but they’re still not sure just how to express them. At least they’re not falling in Insta-Love, but rather their love is growing organically.
What I really liked were the plot twists. The huge jaw-dropping twist at the end was completely unexpected but made sense. In addition to that shocker, there were several little turns of events that kept me reading late into the night. I don’t want to give anything away so let’s just say that every character has their secrets and they aren’t exactly eager to share them with Ciardis, the wild card in the Imperial Court.
If you enjoyed Sworn to Raise you’ll love Sworn to Transfer even more. The extended world-building, the character development and the evenly paced plot make it a huge improvement over the last book. And although there are some moments where the plot drags, when you finish the book you’ll be begging for the next one to come out.
I give this book 4.5/5 stars.
Posted October 12, 2013
Sworn to Transfer is an amazing read set in a complicated, vast fantasy world with well-crafted characters and an unique plot. I didn’t read the first book in the series, which made this one a little tough to follow, but after a few chapters, I got the hang of the story. Ciardis has been born believing she held no magical talents, but apparently she’s a Weathervane, and her magical talent is quite impressive. She’s trained as a companion to the royal heir, Sebastian, who, unfortunately chooses to ignore her most of the time.
Ciardis is sent on a mission to protect the home of the kith in the Ameles forest. With her abilities being tested at every turn, she has trouble finding out who she can trust. She must find out what is plaguing the kith, before her own life and that of her friends and new-found family are at stake.
I liked Ciardis. She managed to act independently most of the time, but listened to advice when needed or helpful. She had a bit of a stubborn streak, and was usually quite impulsive. I also liked how her talents can be a bit wonky at times, it shows she’s far from being a Mary Sue character. I also liked Sebastian. He was mysterious enough to be intriguing, and he seemed to have a lot of depth to him.
The world building was very impressive. The world author Terah Edun has created is magical, original, surprising, refreshing and most importantly, very vast. You never know what to expect, or what’ll come next.
The writing style was descriptive. At the start, I had some trouble getting into the book because of this, but once I got to know the characters, this didn’t form as much of a problem, and I actually began to enjoy the vibrant descriptions of the forest, the towns and characters.
If you like high fantasy for young adults, then Sworn to Transfer can’t be kept off your to-be-read list. It’s an imaginative, suspenseful, intriguing read.
Posted October 5, 2013
Sworn to Transfer definitely exceeded my expectations. If you've read my review of Sworn to Raise, you'll know that I felt it didn't live up to its potential. Well, its sequel clearly did. Terah Edun stepped it up for this book, and it captivated me. The writing is vivid and detailed, and the plot was well-paced. I also loved getting to know the characters better. After this book, I'm incredibly impatient for Sworn to Conflict!
This book picks up a couple months after Sworn to Raise left off. Ciardis is comfortable in her role as Companion trainee, but things soon start to go wrong. Not only is she meant to protect Prince Heir Sebastian, but herself, too. Attempts are being made on her life, and the kith of the Ameles Forest are being killed off. The atmosphere in this book is laden with mystery and suspense as Ciardis strives to figure out who this enigmatic yet powerful murderer is.
Ciardis has really grown into her character, and I loved seeing that. She's impulsive yet kind-hearted, and she'll do anything to save the innocent from dying. She's tough as rocks, and won't let anything stand in her way. I love her brazen attitude towards everything. It's definitely different from the other women around her. Ciardis also learns a lot about her powers as a mage, and the fact that she can do more than just enhance the powers of others.
I wish there was more of Sebastian in this book, though. I missed him for most of it. Sebastian has grown too, but in a different way. He's becoming more of a man than a boy, and as a result people have begun to respect him. Even Ciardis sees him in a different light. There wasn't any romance in this book, either, but I think there surely will be in the next. I feel like Ciardis's and Sebastian's relationship has strengthened, and may become something more soon. I hope it does! Their age difference didn't matter to me in this book, not like it did in Sworn to Raise. Maybe because Sebastian seems older. Either way, I'd love to see a romance develop between the two of them in the third book.
I loved the world building in Sworn to Transfer. We get to see exactly how mage powers work, and how Ciardis is trained to control hers. The detailed description of the mage cores put a clear picture in my mind, and I love it when authors can do that with something as abstract as magic. World building like that is difficult in a fantasy novel, and Edun has definitely pulled it off in this book.
If this series keeps getting better, I can't wait to see what's in store for us in Sworn to Conflict! The action in this book is as riveting as it was in the first one, and there was more of it. I loved the danger streaked throughout, with the kith murders and the enigma of the Shadow Mage. We are introduced to some new characters, too, and I'm looking forward to getting to know them more in the next book. Overall, this was an awesome read, and if you're a fantasy lover, this is one world you don't want to miss out on.
*Thank you to Terah Edun for providing me with a copy for review*