Review: “Sworn To Transfer” (Courtlight #2) by Terah Edun

Ero molto curiosa di leggere questo libro, soprattutto perché il primo si era chiuso con un bel finale, ma lasciando numerose domande nel lettore. Detto questo non assicuro la mancanza di spoilers riguardanti il primo libro, per questo vi consiglio di leggere prima “Sworn to Raise” (libro che avevo recensito, qui!). e poi successivamente questo.

Ho ricevuto una copia di questo libro grazie a NetGalley e alla All Night Reads in cambio di un’onesta opinione.

I was very curious to read this book, especially because the first ended nicely, but leaving many questions in the reader. Having said that, I do not assure the lack of spoilers about the first book, so I recommend that you first read “Sworn to Raise” (book I had reviewed, here!) and then subsequently this.
I received a copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and All Night Reads in exchange for an honest opinion.

Title: Sworn to Transfer (Courtlight #2)
Author: Terah Edun
Date of Publication: September 17, 2013
Genre: YA fantasy

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.

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Review

If “Sworn to Raise” seemed sometimes hasty in regard to the development of the plot and characters, “Sworn to Transfer”, is much balanced.
The events take up to narrate the life of Ciardis, a young companion trainee that has not only been recognized as the only descendant of the Weathervane family, but it is also the unofficial companion of Algardis Empire’s Prince Heir, Sebastian. It’s been a few months since the end of Patron Hunt and the two do not speak to each other ever since. But the problems of the Empire are more important and they are now set to face a new threat together. With the arrival of the ambassador of Sahalia and the mysterious deaths of kith, the original inhabitants of the magical realm, the fronts on which to “fight” multiply and mysteries grow.

Ciardis is grown, now she is a young woman, witty and insightful, a character well built and in marked contrast to that of the first book. In this book, we talk a lot more of her abilities and her family and details of the life of her mother will be discovered.
On the other hand, we have Sebastian, the young Prince Heir, more and more aware of its responsibilities and duties associated with his position. He also grew up and the relationship with Ciardis has become much deeper. I see them very well together, despite the age difference, and I do not mind the thought of a happy ending for them.

Another strong point of the novel is the setting, in the first I had been pleasantly surprised by the details of the city of Sandrin, now I appreciate very much the information about the Empire and Forest Ameles. The world in which Ciardis lives is enriched with new people and dragons (yes, you read that right, dragons!), which can take the human form.

I’m always skeptical about the second book in a series, sometimes they are “middle” books that are used exclusively to ferry people from one situation to the final conflict, however I have to say that “Sworn to Transfer” is a significant step forward compared to the first book in the series: a well-written novel, highly recommended, that immerses you in a fantasy world detailed and consistent.

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