Title: Sworn To Raise
Series: Courtlight series #1
Author: Terah Edun
Publisher: Terah Edun Publishing
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Received: purchased from BN
Seventeen-year-old Ciardis Vane grew up in a small village on the edge of the realm. Beautiful, destitute, and desperate she is looking to get out anyway she can. She has worked her whole live as a laundress with no hope of escaping her fate anytime soon.
But then her life changes when a strange woman appears with the key to Ciardis’s escape. With an offer to take her to the capital and a life she’d never dreamed of, it’s hard to resist. There’s only one catch.
She wants Ciardis to become a companion: she’ll be required to wear expensive dresses, learn to conduct suitable magic, educate herself oncourt proclivities, and – in the end – chain herself to the highest bidder. A Patron for life.
Ciardis knows that this is her one opportunity to change her life.
But what she does not know is that she will soon be at the heart of intrigues and power struggles, and that her new life in luxury demands a high price, perhaps even the life of a prince.
Terah Edun is one of my all time favorite author. She is a true wordsmith. Once you read one you will want them all. Terah gives us an orphan girl won’t be able to make it without something coming along and it does is the most amazing way. We watch Ciardis Weathervane grow and find herself in the best of ways. She really nerves learns when to not talk but that is just a quirk of hers.
Sworn to Raise is the start of a wondrous adventure and we get to see most of the characters that will be there for most of the journey. This is the first book and it is free right now. Actually the first three, in a box set, are free on Amazon for a limited time. I highly recommend getting them while up can.