Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sworn to Secrecy by Terah Edun

Title:  Sworn to Secrecy
Series:  Courtlight #4
Author:  Terah Edun
Published:  Feb 28/14
Length:  254pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

I love how Edun’s writing style never changes but the storyline never stays the same. This brilliant fantasy world and the players within continue to evolve from story to story, never leaving the reader bored. At the same time, Edun’s descriptions remain vivid and visual. I feel like I’ve walked through the world of Sworn to Secrecy. Edun is also a master at writing intrigue. The undercurrents throughout this novel are so pronounced that you cannot fail to feel them permeating the storyline as a whole. It drew me in like no other, trying to unravel the strands and determine who was working with whom. This extra element on top of the already brilliantly crafted storyline puts this story in the realm of unforgettable.

Edun doesn’t simply develop her characters as individuals, but she created entire races and new species throughout her novel. We really get to know the ins and outs of the various races with this novel. I really enjoy how she develops this. It is not through long narratives, but rather through their actions and reactions during certain events. Individual characters are developed in a similar manner, but on a much larger and more personal scale. Also, the dialogue in this novel is always natural. Even the royals, who are all haughty, still speak like real people rather than a textbook.

Overall, this was a fantastic read. Edun continues on with Ciardis’ story while leaving her open to future instalments of the series.

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