Review Tour: “Sworn to Secrecy” (Courtlight #4) by Terah Edun


Oggi vi parlerò del quarto libro della serie “Courtlight” di Terah Edun, arrivata quasi alla fine. Eh già, “Sworn to Secrecy” non è l’ultimo libro della serie (come era stato anticipato), ma il penultimo, perché ci sarà un quinto libro, “Sworn to Defiance”, che uscirà presto.

Se non conoscete Terah, ecco le mie recensioni dei primi tre libri della serie:
Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1);
Sworn to Transfer (Courtlight #2).
Sworn to Conflict (Courtlight #3)
Se non avete mai letto i primi tre libri, questa recensione potrebbe contenere alcuni spoilers.

Today I talk about the fourth book in the “Courtlight” series (arrived almost at the end) by Terah Edun. Yeah, “Sworn to Secrecy” is not the last book in the series (as was anticipated), but the penultimate, because there will be a fifth book, “Sworn to Defiance”, which will be released soon.
If you do not know Terah’s books, here are my reviews of the first three books in the series:
Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1);
Sworn to Transfer (Courtlight #2).
Sworn to Conflict (Courtlight #3)
If you have not read the first three books, this review may contain some spoilers.

Title: Sworn to Secrecy (Courtlight Series #4)
Author: Terah Edun
Date of Publication: February 28, 2014
Language: English
Source: Publisher E-ARC – Blog Tour
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Coming of Age

In the heart of the Imperial Courts, Ciardis Weathervane knows that death is coming for the empire. With her friends by her side and the new triad of Weathervanes, she’s in a race against time to convince the courts of the same.
She must do her best to unite kith, mages, nobles and merchants under one cause ­ the fight to prevent a war. Soon she is forced to keep a secret that could exonerate her mother of the Empress’s death, and is always one move away from stepping into diplomatic chaos.
Throw in a Daemoni Prince who is showing interest in the youngest Weathervane, a jealous Prince Heir, and a irritated dragon with her own designs on Ciardis, and you have an Imperial Court in turmoil.

This fourth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Conflict.

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At the end of “Sworn to Conflict” Ciardis was finally reunited with her family, now consisting of three persons: herself, Caemon, her twin brother, and her mother Lillian, who until then had known in the guise of her sponsor. Ciardis had also discovered the existence of a dark entity, the blutgott, “the god of death and destruction”, which weighs down on the fate of all the Empire’s inhabitants. In order to fight and to find out more about this looming threat, the Weathervanes and their entourage go to the Imperial Court.
This novel, then, opens with this new change of setting, no longer the cold and dangerous North, but the even more dangerous Imperial Court, where threats are hidden with beautiful dances and glitzy clothes. Soon Ciardis, in fact, finds herself defending her family and all those she cares about, making an agreement with the Emperor in person. Besides him, many enemies want Weathervanes dead for many different reasons and certainly do not wait for their attacks. This time, however, Ciardis is not alone against the world, but with an entire family and many friends who support and help her during this journey.

Besides the already mentioned Weathervanes, in fact, the young woman will be assisted by fellow adventurers, who we have already known, and by those who will be revealed as new and unexpected allies, like Thanar. The beautiful, and even more fearsome, Prince of Daemoni, with who Ciardis will tighten an agreement, will be by her side for most of the novel. With the arrival of the Prince Heir Sebastian from the North, Ciardis finds herself having to deal with the attentions of the two boys, forming a kind of love triangle.
On one hand, I was pleasantly surprised by this new love rival of Sebastian: I’ve always loved the bad guys, so I really like Thanar. But on the other hand, I am still undecided about this, because the love triangle is a double edged sword: it introduces motion in a stable couple, but must be managed in a great way in order to not tire the reader, who in certain series have to read books and books about the protagonist undecided until the last minute about who is the right person for her. However, I have confidence in Terah and her ability to manage everything very well, knowing that I will not be disappointed.

Returning to the novel, the reasons why Lillian has been hidden during these years will be clarified and finally we get to know her story of the day when the Empress died (an event that is consistently at the heart of it all). The time frame that covers the book is quite short, less than a week, and there are very many other revelations that are made in this period, between internal attacks and dragons’s ones.

In conclusion, “Sworn to Secrecy” is a very well written novel, which finally provides the answers to many questions and leads the reader to a worthy conclusion to the saga.

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About the Author

Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and has spent years living abroad in South Sudan and Morocco. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.

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