Sworn to Raise
Author: Terah Edun
Published: April 2013
Length: 265 Pages
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Source: provided by Netgalley for Honest Review
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.
I was originally drawn to this book because of the cover, it looked magical as well as elegant, The synopsis was also very intriguing for me.
I would like to state that I am not a huge fan of Magic novels, I really need to be in the mood and they really need to get me involved and keep me intrigued to keep me reading.
Sworn to Raise I found to have good promise in it’s story line but unfortunately I just could not keep interested in this novel, But It was good enough that I did struggle through with finishing it.
The story follows Cardis who is a lowly poor worker trying to survive, along the way she meets a Companion, who is pretty much a prostitute, the young girls are chosen and trained to please gentlemen that wish to have a wife, and or companion. To be a good companion Magic is a must, Cardis being an orphan doesn’t think that she has any magic, but with the help of another, Cardis finds out that she is special the last in line of one of the most powerful magical families that were thought to be extinct.
I did not connect with Cardis character, I just could not become emotionally involved or deeply connected with Cardis, which is a must for me to enjoy reading a book.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys novels based around magic, but it just not for me.