Author: Terah Edun
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4,5 stars
Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. With the death of the Princess Heir, the Ameles forest – the home of the kith, is dying.
The inhabitants of the forest, magic-wielding non-humans, are defiant. They have not forgotten their long struggles nor are they content to watch as the last of their lands perish. As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.
With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city’s nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she’s given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.
To keep the Companions’ Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she’s faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.
This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.
I was particularly amazed by this novel. Sworn to Transfer is the sequel to Sworn to Raise, which I haven’t read yet, but it’s easy to follow, and after a few chapters, I got the hang of it, and could keep the characters apart, and had an idea of the events that transpired in the first book.
Main character Ciardis, who by the way has one of the coolest names ever, is a powerful mage. She’s a little on the vain side, especially when it comes to her powers which are, at times, still uncontrollable. She’s sent on a solo mission this time around, and then there’s also her job to protect the royal heir. The solo mission involves her venturing into a magical forest where she must find out her own strength and learn to truly trust her powers.
The book was very original, and it had so many unexpected twists that it was impossible to get bored. Another great bonus was the romance. There’s barely any – there is some hint of it, but it’s not crucial to the plot, nor does it overwhelm the story. Instead, the romance blossoms slowly, with hints of attraction here and there, which is the way I would like all romance stories to go.
The main character was easily relatable, and I really liked her, even if she was a little girly at times. She had good and bad sides, which made her intriguing. The setting and world building were impressive as well.
A decent read if you’re looking to read a fantasy novel.