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Sworn to Raise Hardcover – February 3, 2016
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"Edun's complex magical system...and unpredictable plot twists set the stage for more adventures in this enchanted world."
~ Kirkus Reviews
"Teens will find Sworn to Raise a compelling saga of magic, romance, and one young woman's struggle to find and understand her role in her world."
~ Midwest Book Review
"Sure to whet readers' appetite for suspense and intrigue..."
~ RT Book Review - 4 Stars
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This was a fun, captivating read, and I am eager for more of Ciardis' adventures. She is spunky without being snarky; her position at the bottom of society in her hometown has neither broken her nor made her bitter. She is smart and eager to learn, knows that she has a lot to learn, and does not give up when she encounters small failures or things that, briefly, overwhelm her.
Grammar Patrol Report (Yes, I know this is a change; I just got a domain name! Watch my profile for more information.): Erin falls prey to some of the all-too-common comma errors, putting in one's she doesn't need and missing some she does, making for some kind of humorous sentences if you know where they are missing, but she handles her pronouns well and avoids using words she doesn't actually know the definitions of. There were a few split infinitive, but after Star Trek, it is hard to fault anyone for those. On the whole, a B or B-. I did give some extra credit for such a good story!
I was drawn to this story for the fantasy and mage aspects. I liked the differentiation between certain types of mages as opposed to everyone having the same types of abilities. The protagonist's magical ability is magnifying the power of other mages. I kind of questioned how that would play out, as at first glance it seemed a little lackluster for a power. But it worked very well, as Ciardis could basically reap the enhanced benefits of any mage she came in contact with.
I thought the author did a good job with world-building and imagery. I liked that the characters were flawed and multi-dimensional. I plan to continue the series and look forward to what it brings. *crosses fingers* Especially if that something is puberty hitting the prince full-blast. =D
There was a hint of love towards to end of the book (a little bit after the middle in my opinion), but otherwise it was romance free. It’s six books long, so it might not hold my interest for that amount of time, but we’ll see.
Because I liked this book and recommend it, I won’t reveal any spoilers, just in case you take my advice and read the book. It was a delightful read, took quite a while to read it, but it didn’t feel like a long time which I appreciated. It was an adventure with magic and mages, usually not the kind of thing that I read, but I had already started and didn’t want to leave. The heroine, Ciadrus, is charming and while she would curse every now and then, when it didn’t feel necessary, she was still a great heroine in my opinion.
Update: I finished the first three books of the series (there are six books, it had my attention, but not that much) and it was pretty good. Still had unnecessary curse words though which was disappointing. There is romance, still no love triangle, but it’s a nice subtle romance. It’s obvious that it’s there, but it wasn’t overpowering which I appreciated.
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