Today I'm reviewing a book provided by Netgalley called Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun. Sworn to Raise is the first in the Courtlight series and set in the magical kingdom of Algardis. Orphaned Ciardis Vane is a laundress in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom and is going exactly nowhere. That is until she's handpicked to train as a court companion with the elite Companion's Guild. From there it's a whirlwind of of culture and etiquette lessons and just as Ciardis adjusts to her new life, she discovers her shocking heritage and that her gifts may be the only thing keeping the kingdom from destruction.
On to the review!
I enjoyed Sworn to Raise, the plot was intriguing, the characters likable, & the world building was compelling. That being said, it did have a few issues. For example, before leaving to train as a companion, Ciardis includes her favorite book as she is packing her belongings even though a few pages prior she wishes she were able to read. Also, the book moves at light speed and while I normally like that, I feel like it glossed over some of the important parts of Ciardis' training. Because it's a little unrealistic that if she's lived in the country all her life, she would be able to adjust so quickly to life in the city with all of the luxuries at her fingertips. Overall I would recommend it and will probably read the next book, but I hope that in future books that the author will give some of the other characters beside the main characters a little more to do instead of serving as background fixtures.
Check back tomorrow for my review of Hush by Stacey R. Campbell