Title: Blades of Magic
Series: Crown Service series book 1
Author: Terah Edun
Publisher: Terah Edun Publishing
Publication Date: March 29, 2014
Received: purchased from BN
It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.
On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.
There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it’s not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before – passion. The question is – can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn’t become the year she dies.
I just love Terah Edun’s books. I have read all of them and will keep on reading them. If you have read the Courtlight series Blades of Magic takes place in the same world however, it is before the Courtlight series began. Sara has had a hard life since her father was killed. She fights for everything she has and trust no one. But that will change as you read. Sara well still fight but she grows to have a friendship. She enlist to the military to unravel the mysteries surrounding the death of her father. Sara might always have to fight because of her magic but she knows right from wrong. There are issues that happen on this journey that shouldn’t have. Read it to see what all Sara Fairchild faces just to uncover the secrets.