Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sworn to Defiance by Terah Edun

Title:  Sworn to Defiance
Series:  Courtlight #5
Author:  Terah Edun
Published:  April 28/14
Length:  249pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  YA fantasy romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ciardis Weathervane returned to the imperial court of Sandrin to unite her foes. But her efforts hit a stumbling block. The imperial kind. She never thought that before rallying an empire, she'd have to fight the emperor himself.

An imposter sits the throne and the court she turned to for help is in turmoil. Ciardis hasn't survived assassination attempts, torture and really bad luck to be taken down by her own ruler. So she devises a plan. But first she needs to get Sebastian and Thanar to agree. Each seems to love her in their own way. But neither is listening to her. Pushing them to put aside their differences, in an effort to ward off catastrophe, might be harder than displacing an emperor who would do anything to keep his throne.

Butting heads at court isn’t Ciardis’s only problem. With the princess heir’s threat looming she is forced to travel to the mythical city of Kifar, where it is up to her small group to stop the destruction of the entire city while heading a rebellion that could foment a revolution. It wouldn't be the first revolution that Algardis has ever known. But with Ciardis Weathervane at its head—it would certainly be the last.

This fifth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Secrecy.

My Review:

This novel is intensely adventurous from the very first sentence. Action and adventure abound, keeping you completely immersed in the original storyline. The past and present collide in a thrillingly suspenseful manner. Intrigue abounds and allies are in short supply. You also get an in-depth look at various forms of magic in this novel. Edun demonstrates & narrates in a manner that keeps you captivated while still learning more about this remarkable world. This plays directly into the court intrigue & deception that will keep you on your toes. 

The personal growth in the main characters is remarkable in this novel. They’re really coming into their own. You can no longer see them as children or headstrong youth. They are becoming a force to be reckoned with. I appreciate the fact that Edun’s characters don’t grow stagnant. You continue to learn new tidbits about all of the major players in the story throughout.

This novel was well and eloquently written. It was captivating for readers of all ages. I definitely couldn’t put it down for a second, nor can I wait for the next instalment in the series.

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