Sworn to Raise (Courtlight Series #1)

Sworn to Raise (Courtlight Series #1)

by Terah Edun

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Sworn to Raise (Courtlight Series #1) by Terah Edun

It's time to shatter an empire - the successful high fantasy series that keeps readers on the edge of their seat...

The first book in New York Times bestselling author Terah Edun's sweeping fantasy saga now available in hardcover with a new look to match the tales of adventure and romance, magic and secrecy woven into a phenomenally unique and captivating fantasy world.

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis Vane grew up in a small village on the edge of the realm. Beautiful, destitute, and desperate she is looking to get out any way she can. She has worked her whole live as a laundress with no hope of escaping her fate anytime soon.

But then Ciardis's life changes when a strange woman appears with the key to Ciardis's escape. With an offer to take her to the capital and a life she'd never dreamed of, it's hard to resist. There's only one catch.

She wants Ciardis to become a companion: she'll be required to wear expensive dresses, learn to conduct suitable magic, educate herself on court proclivities, and - in the end - chain herself to the highest bidder. A Patron for life.

Ciardis knows that this is her one opportunity to change her life.

But what she does not know is that she will soon be at the heart of intrigues and power struggles, and that her new life in luxury demands a high price, perhaps even the life of a prince.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620512074
Publisher: NLA Digital LLC
Publication date: 02/03/2016
Series: Courtlight Series , #1
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 1,007,569
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Sworn to Raise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Vrose2 More than 1 year ago
I found this book free on "bookbud" & decided to try a new author. Boy was I surprised! I LOVED IT! I then decided to get the rest in the  series & can't wait for #6. My only complaint is the editing. There are numerous grammatical errors. However the series moves along quickly & there is a lot of action & twists in the plot.  
marree43 More than 1 year ago
This book was very entertaining. It kept me in supense until the end. Cannot wait for the next book in the series. If you like fantasy fiction, you will really enjoy this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book. It is well written with enough mystery to keep you reading. I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this story. Captivating plot with lots of twists and turns and interesting characters that fit together quite well to invoke reader interest. Great fantasy read
Angelwinges More than 1 year ago
Until now, I only had two urban fantasy writers who captured my imagination and sucked me in where I eagerly awaited their next book; Christy King and Laurel K. Hamilton. And then I stumbled upon Terah Edun. I was hooked right away and am chomping on the bit for book 6 to be released. This is a writer that I feel will always be given 5 gold stars. Her characters are well developed; quirky and conflicted at times, but brilliant. Her writing style is tight and fast paced, which I love. She needs a new editor though. There are double words and misspellings on almost every page of this series. That throws me and should be addressed as quickly as possible. It breaks the tension of the story line when you are reading. The stories though are well thought out and have plots, within plots, within plots. You rock Ms. Edun!! Please keep writing your wonderful books. I have read all 5 of the Courtlight series and can't wait for more.
KathywithaK27 More than 1 year ago
I'm sure you've seen this series up on my blog quite a few times lately and I am so glad I finally get a chance to read it because it really has intrigued me from all the posts about it. This is a High Fantasy piece at heart and as such the story to be told here is rather large. You have Royals and social structure to magic and other skills that really draw you into this fantastical world. Ciardis is a 17 year-old girl who has done nothing but launder her entire life. She is an orphan and from a very early age learned to take care of herself by working hard and long hours. However, that all changes when she meets Serena, a women of status known as a companion, and she takes Ciardis under her wing to become a companion herself. Sworn to Raise takes you on a poor orphan's journey through the court life of tricks and deception on her way to finding out more about herself than she thought possible. Ciardis is a great female lead in my eyes. She comes from literally nothing, no family or stature and has made a living for herself no matter how meager, through hard work. You have to love a character that knows that a little elbow grease is required in life and she flourishes into a real woman by the end of the book. Her growth is visible and not all of it is because she is suddenly in the middle of the highest class of people, but of her own qualities that get to shine because of the opportunity present to her. Plus, between her own accomplishments and problems cleverly solved , such as her reading problem, this story balances overcoming odds with getting some much needed help along the way. Pair her with the cast of characters around her in Sworn to Raise and they really lead you on this great journey around a fantasy kingdom with a lot of drama going down! That world is what my favorite part of the story comes from. Fantasy is a tough genre to write, I've said this before, simply because of all the world building that has to be done in order for a story to work. You can't be too vague because the reader can't understand what the environment that these characters are in is suppose to look like and if you just ramble on and on about scenery and other things around said characters, people find it boring. Sworn to Raise does this perfectly. I have to give the author huge props for showing me what this world looks like versus telling me. Little things like letting me know the carriages that Serena and Ciardis are traveling in away from her home are actually sleds let me know she comes from a where it is wintery or when they arrive at the Companions Guild, the fact that she mistakes it for the Imperial Castle makes you understand how high these woman are regarded. Subtle hints in a fantasy world without losing the enormity of it are what takes this story from being really good to great. These women are not to be trifled with and reminded me so much of the similar named companions of Sci-Fi fixtures like Dr. Who that I had a hard time finding this book anything but enjoyable to read! Sworn to raise will take you on a unique journey of a strong female character and show you a world you have never seen before.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Such a good book. I felt as if I could see the buildings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The depth of detail for each moment, character, pun, or plot twist leaves the mind wanting more. In order to not finish it in a day, forceful setting down is necessary to allow the mind absorb the spellbinding, hilarious, well written book.
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CathrineLake More than 1 year ago
Terah Edun is one of my all time favorite author. She is a true wordsmith. Once you read one you will want them all. Terah gives us an orphan girl won't be able to make it without something coming along and it does is the most amazing way. We watch Ciardis Weathervane grow and find herself in the best of ways. She really nerves learns when to not talk but that is just a quirk of hers. Sworn to Raise is the start of a wondrous adventure and we get to see most of the characters that will be there for most of the journey. This is the first book and it is free right now. Actually the first three, in a box set, are free on Amazon for a limited time. I highly recommend getting them while up can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a lot in this book about the world some explained some left very vague. Will read next book before I judge.
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I had a difficult time putting the book down. It is acton packed with new secrets revealed in every chapter! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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It was an okay read, not the best book I've ever read, but not the worst either. The main thing I didn't like was how fast the complexity of the magicial world is thrown at you, like the author was trying to cram in all possible information about magic into 172 pages. It went WAY too fast for me to follow, and at the end I still didn't quite understand it. This made it really hard to follow the plot, which was based heavly on magic. I basically finished the book and thought "well I know there was magic involved and a plot to kill the prince or something, but besides that I have absolutly no idea what just happened or how those particular people were involved or why they had to do this that and the other thing, or how whats-her-names related to so-and-so, and could somebody please explain to me WHAT exactly it is that they their doing." Just like that quote, it was all very rushed and highly confusing.
Jhnellorx More than 1 year ago
This book hits the ground running. From the first pages, I was interested in what would happened with the girl called Ciardis. The main character, a poor girl from a poor background, was really fun. Plus I really like the way scenes are described. I got a good feel of the world and characteristics from the descriptive flow of the passages. The story also moves with an easy flow – not stilted at all and Terah doesn’t drone on about politics or court scenes. A lot of action and a lot of characters. It's a really good story and one I enjoyed. Now I’m ready to move on to Book Two.
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
I can't remember if I was fooling around on my nook looking for books to read or saw someone talking about this one online and picked up my nook, but somehow I stumbled across SWORN TO RAISE by Terah Edun. The book is blurbed as being "ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder." I always take a closer look at books when they're recommended for fans of authors or titles I enjoy, and I decided to give SWORN TO RAISE a chance. The book centers around Ciardis, an orphan struggling to survive. When she's taken under the wing of Serena and brought to train as a prospective member of the Companion’s Guild, she realizes there's more to her--and her family history--than she ever realized. She is one of the last surviving Weathervanes, her power highly coveted as it can amplify other types of magic. When a fallen prince is interested in the way her power can save his kingdom, Ciardis finds herself involved in a deadly power for struggle that will change the outcome of her entire life. High fantasy is my favorite. I love books with kingdoms and royalty, with knights and adventure. I'm constantly fascinated by the nuances of political intrigue. I don't even need magic to be a happy camper, but in this instance, the addition of unusual magic works. There's even a little mythology thrown in for good measure late in the book when Ciardis must prove her abilities as she works her way through a dangerous maze. Whether the series is YA or Adult is still to be determined. The fact that Ciardis is training to be a Companion has me wondering, but I'm not convinced that Edun is using the more modern-day interpretation of the word. Instead, in this world, Companions felt more like the talented geisha to me than then do anything seedy, and there aren't any overly mature scenes in the novel, so it's very border-line. The rags to riches plot may have been done before, but who doesn't love a good Cinderella-esque tale? Edun's twists and world are unique and make SWORN TO RAISE an entertaining, fun fantasy to devour. At first, I didn't love Ciardis as a character, but once she left home to train, she really blossomed and grew. I'm looking forward to seeing where life takes her next month when SWORN TO TRANSFER releases. Other characters have varying levels of development, but enough unique history to keep me intrigued. Some started out strong and grew weaker as their importance to Ciardis diminished, while others became more developed as the story progressed. It will be exciting to see their development continue in the next book. I'm eager to know more about the prophecy and see the way Ciardis and the people in her life will fall into whatever plan Destiny has for her. While there were a few grammatical errors, this never became an issue for me because the story was captivating and I'd come to care for Ciardis and her plight. If you're a fan of fantasy involving court politics and/or teens coming into their previously unknown magical abilities, check out SWORN TO RAISE and look forward to its sequel in July.
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
Sworn to Raise by Terah Edum is a combination of a Cinderella love story, a story of magic, and a story of dominance and power. I enjoyed the twist on the rags to riches story. The special magical twist was both surprising and entertaining. In this story Ciardis is the Cinderella like character. She does not have to deal with evil step sisters or an evil stepmother, but there are plenty of others she needs to figure out. What are their motivations, what will her life be like if she chooses one or the other, and how do those decisions lead to the conclusion of the epic story? 
ssal3699 More than 1 year ago
The cover is really pretty.    There was things I liked about it and things I didn't enjoy. It was a fairly quick read, I sped through it, the end of it was a little too fast for me though. The last few chapters felt rushed.   I liked the magic in the book and also the originality of the idea but the story line was a bit choppy.  There was no romance, so it would be great for younger audience. And fantasy lovers might like this. The characters were a little detached, I didn't or couldn't connect with them.   It was a good story but needed just a little polishing up. I will continue to read the series.   If it sounds like something you'd like the Kindle edition on Amazon for only 3.00!   Thank you to NetGalley for providing me this ecopy for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
My first thoughts on this one?   What a phenomenally unique and completely captivating tale.  I couldn’t put it down for a second.  And my final thoughts?  Holy cliffhanger without actually being a cliffhanger.  And everything that came in between was amazing too.  I don’t think that I put this book down once.   This was a quick read that was very easy to immerse myself in.  I love this author’s writing style.  It’s smooth & approachable without talking down to you or becoming simplistic.  It’s eloquent yet not over the top.  Edun’s descriptions paint an exciting world in front of her reader’s eyes.  As a reader, you feel like you’re walking through a fantasy world while being caught up in an enchanting storyline.   I quite appreciated the vast array of characters that I encountered throughout this tale.  They cover many age ranges and walks of life, making the story even more interesting.  The female lead was definitely brilliant.  I appreciated the fact that although she went from rags to riches, she still stayed true to who she was at the core.  Not only did I feel connected with her in the present, but I found myself guessing at her future, where she’ll end up and who with.  Edun makes her characters even more memorable with their one of a kind names.  So many of them are unique or at least uncommon, but none are difficult to remember.   As a whole I was completely entranced by the story.  It was exciting, adventurous, and a brilliant way to get to know this author.  I would definitely recommend this novel to others and can’t wait to read more by this brilliant author.  
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
This was a stunning debut to a series that promises plenty of action and adventure. There were many exciting plot twists that saw a girl go from being orphaned and poverty stricken, to harnessing a unique power that was thought to have died off with her kind. Add to that the mystery of who was trying to overthrow the Prince Heir, and why, and I was enthralled. I was intrigued by the different types of power and magic found within the pages of this book. They were all very exciting and written in a way that made them unique to anything I've read before. The entire idea of the Patron Hunt seemed a bit barbaric, but again, it was refreshing and made this book stand out from the rest. Although this book was an action-packed, adventure thrill ride, I wish there had been more romance (because who doesn't love a bit of romance, right?!?); at least the budding of a romance between Ciardis and one of her patrons, or someone else entirely. I think things may develop a bit between Ciardis and Sebastian, but because he is so young I cannot see him as the gorgeous hero of this story. I'll have to dive right into the next book to find out. I have high expectations, and am looking forward to being pleasantly surprised. Who knows, the Prince Heir, now that he has control of his powers, may just grow into the swoon-worthy hero who sweeps Ciardis off her feet. Or they may remain friends who live an adventurous life together. One things for sure, there promises to never be dull moment where Ciardis is concerned and I'm looking forward to continuing the journey with her.
Tink1113 More than 1 year ago
Terah Edun left no stone unturned while writing Sworn to Raise the fist in The Courtlight series. The attention to detail was immaculate every description of color could be seen as if it were in HD. I was taken in by the way each scene seemed to flow seamlessly. I fell into this story and never wanted to leave. The characters were fascinating and intriguing. The main character Ciardis is a young woman who knows how to take care of her own self. She takes nothing from no one. She is a kind hearted soul who just needs a true friend. She finds herself in quite a few scrapes but somehow manages to make it through. As she enters the Companion's  Guild she not sure she has what it takes to become a companion but, it doesn't stop her from trying. Ciardis has become one of my favorite book characters. The magic that rides along the pages in this book may rival some of those in another series about a young wizard coming into his own. I look forward to reading the rest of this series with excited anticipation. 
The_Mad_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] Sworn to Raise had so much potential. It could have been one of the best books of the year for me, yet it fell flat in some respects. Terah Edun’s fantasy world was absolutely amazing, Ciardis was a pretty good character and the plot was exciting and believable and yet…there was something lacking. I can’t say it lacked heart, because it really didn’t. But what I think Terah Edun did here was try to cram too much information into only 176 pages. A lot happens in Sworn to Raise in a very short time and it’s exciting, but it’s at the expense of detail. Detail is everything in fantasy because the books take place either in an alternate Earth or a completely different fictional universe. Detail helps us understand the universe, but also get to know the characters and generally find our way around. Sadly, Sworn to Raise did not have enough detail because Terah Edun seemed to shy away from descriptive passages. Too much description is boring, but too little and you get confused. I wasn’t confused all of the time, but there’s still sort of that rushed atmosphere throughout the whole book that I really didn’t appreciate. This book should have been at least 300 pages and even that would be pushing it. Despite the rushed atmosphere, I did enjoy Sworn to Raise. Ciardis is an interesting character who tries her best to raise herself from her lowly station in life—even if it means joining the Companion’s Guild. While in training, she discovers who she really is and who she wants to be, making a few friends along the way. Her decision at the end of the book wasn’t surprising per se, but it was satisfying because in the beginning Ciardis would have chosen otherwise. Her character arc is fascinating, but a bit rushed because of the insane pace of the plot. Terah Edun’s fantasy world is fascinating and generally stays away from the tropes you often find in fantasy. There are a couple of tropes, but she put her own twist on them and made the plot pretty unpredictable. Some of the plot twists completely blindsided me—something that doesn’t happen often in fantasy. Yet, the rushed feel just didn’t do it for me. I like a fast plot, but sometimes it’s okay to slow down and let your readers catch their collective breath. Will I be continuing the series, though? Absolutely! Terah Edun has a great premise here and I think her writing will only improve with time. I give this book 4/5 stars.