Monday, 29 August 2016

Sworn to War by Terah Edun

Title: Sworn to War
Series: Courtlight (#9)
Author: Terah Edun
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 29th July 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Read the Books You Buy, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Ciardis Weathervane is facing a war on two fronts. One with the dragons. One with the deities. She is ready to face the god that they’ve known was coming for months, but the people that she thought would coalesce around her are faltering under the pressure, the lies, and the deceit. She knows that the very foundation between ruler, nobility, and commoner had fractured down to its core. Now the capital city and its people need to be reforged, bound in fire before they’re consumed by brimstone. But the citizens of the empire need more than a speech to believe in the rulers that betrayed them just days before. With their empire on the line, Sebastian lays out his first ruling edict which may be more than even he bargained for. As Sandrin comes together once more before the final struggle, the daemoni prince is struck down and the princess heir-in-waiting has doubts as to whether they can forge a more perfect union without the one that completes their souls. With Thanar trapped in purgatory while they fight to resurrect the city that gave them life—Ciardis and Sebastian are in a battle to the death against a god bent on living forever.

Sworn to War can not be read as a standalone as it relies heavily on events and relationships established in the previous books. In particular it relies on the events of Sworn to Sovereignty from which it continues. This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the Courtlight series. 

I definitely had a moment while reading Sworn to War when I thought about just how far Ciardis has come as a character. It was probably spurred on by both Ciardis and other characters, that I don't want to name to avoid spoilers, were thinking about and mentioning the girl she was when she first came to Court. 

The events of Sworn to War take place in a very short amount of time, but there was so much information and build up going on that I was glad that Edun decided to make this book about that and not squish the scenes down and put them in with another book. I felt like each moment was important, both for Ciardis and for the plot in general. 

I do still have questions though! And some theories about motivations and who unknown characters are. This book did answer a few of the lingering questions I had though, including a hint about Sebastian's father. 

As with the other Courtlight books the romancantic elements were subtle. Sebastian, Thanar and Ciardis now seem to have fit more comfortably into their bond, and there even seems to be a warming relationship between the two men. Though Sworn to War did significantly warm me towards Thanar, who I was a little wary of before. 

This was a great addition t the series and answered some burning questions, I just can't wait for more!