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Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,340 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train
Paperback, 265 pages
Published April 10th 2013 by Amazon Digital (first published January 1st 2013)
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Summer ✿
Sep 24, 2013 Summer ✿ rated it did not like it
There are those books that you just love to hate. You quote them, you have fun mocking the book, et cetera. And there are those books that blow you off your feet from the incomprehensible amount of beauty, minimal flaws, and the most perfectly written characters.

And then there are books like Sworn to Raise.

You don't hate them, you don't love them, and they don't really affect your life in any way. You're kind of indifferent to everything that occurs and could care less about any of the character
Mathew Walls
Nov 19, 2014 Mathew Walls rated it did not like it
Kind of like a poor man's Harry Potter, but every flaw in the Harry Potter series is magnified here, and there's just nothing unique, interesting or worthwhile about it. Especially egregious are the bizarre inconsistencies in the setting and tone. For example, it's very obvious from the way characters talk and act that there's no kind of gender equality, but then the author goes out of her way to point out that there are female soldiers and male prostitutes escorts "companions", like she wanted ...more
'"You know," said Prima with a hint of cruelty in her voice, "If you really wanted to learn how to pay respect to the ground, I would have had Teachene show you."
Going stiff with ire at the girl's dig at her friend, Ciardis retorted, "It takes a dirt kisser to know one, Prima. Perhaps you should teach me."'

This book was an interesting combination of court intrigue, medieval-esque politics and complications, ancient magic and the painstaking trials of etiquette involved in becoming a true 'lady'.
Apr 27, 2015 Abigail rated it it was ok
I was initially very excited to begin this book, I had read praising reviews and looked forward to another exciting adventure set in a alternate universe. My excitement was unfounded.
The editing of this book was not great, contingency errors counting. I know that I am OTT about grammar and spelling but when I am constantly finding missed words(pardon the pun)or letters, sometimes even misspelled words (no spell check?), it can be distracting.

Anyway that is not to say the story and concept was

Decent ideas, but terrible execution.

There was a core of a good story in here, but sadly the horrible writing muted and muffled it. The heroine, in one paragraph, went from huddled dejectedly to smiling happly because she got a new haircut.

The timelines were illthought out. Far too much was cramed into far too short a time for it to be in any way realistic. Three months to go from illiterate laundress to polished courtesan (even with "transfers") is literally incredible.

Interpersonal relationsh
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Apr 07, 2013 Olivia (Bookcomet) rated it really liked it
Shelves: cool-protagonist, r2r
I loved how unique the story was, in almost all aspects as well.

The Characters:
I loved the main character! She was a very strong lead who was in afraid to stand up in what she believed in, whether she was talking to other people her age or princes. She has an awesome power, how cool would being a weathervane be?

The Good:
-the story was very unique.
-companions a unlike anything I have read before, I am definitely interested in learning more about them.
-the protagonist was likeable and better tha
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and All Night Reads for giving me this book to review.

Ciardis has grown up with the people in her small vale always looking down on her, however, after all the plans she has made begin crumbling around her, Ciardis’s luck changes as she is chosen to train at the Companions guild, a position which a lowly laundress should not be available to her. Now she must learn and discover skills to be able t
May 12, 2016 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison by: NetGalley.Com
I'm going with the Goodreads description of 'It was ok' for two stars on this fantasy I picked up at Netgalley. It really is 'ok' and has potential, but it is still very rough around the edges, even for a galley. There are a lot of typos, and several times I got lost in sentences - run-ons are writing problems, not typos. So it could use some good editing.

The story itself is interesting, but feels disjointed or random at times. There's a makeover story, learning of magic and history, a bachelore
Saruuh Kelsey
Why did I wait to long to read this? Short answer: it got buried under a tonne of books on my ereader. Long answer: I kept overlooking it because I'm a dumbass and judgemental of self published books, regardless of being a self pubbed author myself. I mentioned I was a dumbass, right?

Sworn To Raise is about a girl, Ciardis, who is taken from her ordinary life as a poor washerwoman, and elevated to life as a Companion, a life partner to a rich and powerful suitor. Along the way she discovers a co
Jonel Boyko
Feb 07, 2014 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
My first thoughts on this one? What a phenomenally unique and completely captivating tale. I couldn’t put it down for a second. And my final thoughts? Holy cliffhanger without actually being a cliffhanger. And everything that came in between was amazing too. I don’t think that I put this book down once.

This was a quick read that was very easy to immerse myself in. I love this author’s writing style. It’s smooth & approachable without talking down to you or becoming simplistic. It’s eloquent
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I can't remember if I was fooling around on my nook looking for books to read or saw someone talking about this one online and picked up my nook, but somehow I stumbled across SWORN TO RAISE by Terah Edun. The book is blurbed as being "ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder." I always take a closer look at books when they're recommended for fans of authors or titles I enjoy, and I decided to give SWORN TO RAISE a chance.

The book centers around Ciardis, an orphan str
Whitley Birks
This book had a lot of potential, but it needed a lot more spit and polish to make it shine. The plot and general idea of the book appealed to me a lot; I love fantasy stories like this. New worlds, high magic, poor farmboys girls finding out they have awesome powers, princesses, political machinations, intrigue, AWESOME! It's the kind of story that has very familiar bones, but you don't care because the rest of the dressing can be made interesting in a million different ways. The dressing in Sw ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
I got this book from NetGalley as a ARC book to review. I loved the cover so much, that I didn't even read a summary about it before I started it. Man oh man was I surprised. I didn't know what I was getting into and now I'm glad I did. This book is about Ciardis who grew up as an orphan. She always knew she was gypsy but didn't remember who here parents, or where she came from. After working as a laundress for many years, she meets a Companion who offers her a place at the Companions Guild to t ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Krutula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, para-fan
Sworn to Raise is a fantasy book set in the kingdom of Algardis where mages exist along with the mundane, with them being trained in a Guild to become Companions to nobles and other high ranking people. This Companion thing is some sort of employee/spouse/bodyguard sort of thing, and consists mostly of female mages. Ciardis is an orphan Gypsy living in the village of Vale as a washermaid when she is selected and sponsored by Lady Serena (a Companion) to become a trainee at the Guild. Training us ...more
Laura Greenwood
Aug 05, 2013 Laura Greenwood rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-netgalley
Review posted August 5th on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Book 1 of the Courtlight series.

I received an ARC of Sworn to Raise from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Ciardris Vane is the orphaned 17 year old daughter of a gypsy, she struggles to put food in her belly and a place to live. Making a scant living as a washerwoman, when one of the members of the Companion's Guild comes to her town and sees her she is swept away into a completely different life. At first believed to
Aug 04, 2013 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

This had an interesting premise, but unfortunately, it fell flat.

At times i was confused, and through out the book, i was bored.

It took quiet a long time for the pace to pick up, and when it did, it felt quite jumbled and rushed.

There's a few things that aren't explained either. Quite a few times, it was mentioned that Ciardis's sponsor wasn't very fond of another sponsor, but we never found out why. While it's not important to
Aug 21, 2015 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
Such a great book! I enjoyed rereading this book, so fantastic! Now to read more of this series!

*First read April 10th 2013*
Great book, a bit short for my tastes, but a compelling story, very interesting, can't wait for book 2!
Sep 14, 2015 Montse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Juramento de Crianza' es la primera parte de una saga, que es introductoria, pero que no te deja con mal sabor de boca. A pesar de quedarte con ganas de seguir, la trama central de esta parte queda cerrada, lo que hace que no sientas esa necesidad imperiosa de seguir con el siguiente, aunque tengas ganas de saber como continua la historia de Ciardis y el príncipe Sebastian. Con algunos errores de edición, la pluma de la autora es sencilla, de esas que te invita a leer una página tras otra. Una ...more
Verity Brown
Sep 02, 2014 Verity Brown rated it it was ok
More of a 2.5 rating. Aside from some missing words here and there, the grammar and editing were competent enough not to bother me. And the story certainly wasn't hard to continue reading--the ideas behind the story were actually pretty engaging. But the plotline was depressingly lacking in tension until very near the end. Everything always turns out right for Ciardis. Not in a painfully Mary-Sue way (thank goodness!), but definitely in a way that leaves the reader with no doubt whatsoever that ...more
Kirsty Vizard
Despite the fact that I am not a big reader of high fantasy books I have always been attracted to the covers of The Courtlight Series and once I started reading Sworn To Raise I was immediately enthralled. Terah Edun's world-building is powerful and vivid, transporting the reader into Ciardis' Empire.
I enjoyed the fact that from the moment we meet Ciardis she is not meek, or even perfect; she has many flaws and is constantly in trouble, but she is witty, loyal and caring; attributes all readers
Mar 26, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I love about the book: It's not too long, the narrative is en pointe and well-paced without needing to get too important or too involved, letting the series unfold naturally like Alexander Gordon Smith did in the Escape from Furnace series. I enjoy the entertaining main character whose fallibility is going to be enjoyed by readers as she overcomes them. I like that it's about her and while the secondary characters are just as enjoyable, they don't take away from her as with many of my oth ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
Not bad! I look forward to the next book.
J.C. Cauthon
Jun 06, 2015 J.C. Cauthon rated it it was ok
The best thing I can say about this book is that I did manage to finish it, but that is only because I do my very best to always read the entire book before I review it. I trudged through it--through all the run-on sentences, horrible grammar errors, and flat characters--so that I could get to this point--the review.

If I had to summarize this book in one word, it would be "awkward." The writing was not smooth in any way, shape, or form. I had to put my reader down several times and rub my temple
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}

I don't rate & review books I DNF. I only review them if I have a lot to say, which I don't so.
This is an Overall Series Review

I got these books from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author and the tour organizers for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this series.

Great characterization and well execution of concept. I also liked the plot very much and the good writing of the author connected me well with the story line. There are some grammatical mistakes and typos but other than that I liked the con
Anny hernandez
Dec 28, 2013 Anny hernandez rated it really liked it
**** I received an ARC copy of this book an honest review ****

First let me just say that this is the first book I read from this author.

I really like this book, at first I was a little out of it cause I did not know what this book was about, but I am so glad that I end up reading it I love the characters and how this book turned out to be.

Love the character of Ciardis, she is a young woman who became and orphan on an early age, ever since that she became working as a launder, but with everything
Kathy Horsman
Dec 20, 2013 Kathy Horsman rated it it was amazing
I'm sure you've seen this series up on my blog quite a few times lately and I am so glad I finally get a chance to read it because it really has intrigued me from all the posts about it. This is a High Fantasy piece at heart and as such the story to be told here is rather large. You have Royals and social structure to magic and other skills that really draw you into this fantastical world. Ciardis is a 17 year-old girl who has done nothing but launder her entire life. She is an orphan and from a ...more
Steven Erickson
Apr 04, 2014 Steven Erickson rated it really liked it
Sworn to Raise is the story of Ciardis, a cleaning girl who is noticed by a member of a group known as the Companions Guild. Despite being from the equivelant of the boon-docks, her sponsor, Serena, takes her in and prepares her to be a Companion (more on this in a bit). During the course of the Companion training it is discovered that Ciardis posses what was thought to be a lost talent – the ability to magnify other magic users abilities. This makes her a much more desirable Companion and also ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of Sworn to Raise.

Sworn to Raise is the beginning of a tale of young Ciardis. Her journey as an orphaned laundress to training to become a Companion. Discovered in her small village she is brought to the Capital. She is given new clothes, opportunites to learn, and to discover who she is, and what she can become.

Terah Edun does a good job building a fascinating world, having an inventive plot, and introducing a fun sysytem of magic. I really do look forward to
Stina Zombean
Apr 10, 2013 Stina Zombean rated it really liked it
Sworn to Raise was a refreshing sojourn in to the YA genre. Far too often now can you pick up a YA book of the Fantasy or Sci-Fi persuasion and feel like you are getting the same insta-love heartbreak make me wanna bash my brains into the wall love triangle of tragedy. Terah Edun throws all that away and gives you a heroine with more than one emotion, who doesn’t immediately fall for the boy at first sight, and who tries to make herself useful and help others as much as she can.

Ciardis has the n
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Terah Edun's latest YA Fantasy novel, SWORN TO VENGEANCE, published in February 2016.

Courtlight Series:

Book 1 - Sworn To Raise
Book 2 - Sworn To Transfer
Book 3 - Sworn To Conflict
Book 4 - Sworn To Secrecy
Book 5 - Sworn To Defiance
Book 6 - Sworn To Ascension
Book 7 - Sworn To Vengeance
Book 8 - Sworn To Sovereignty

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Other Books in the Series

Courtlight (7 books)
  • Sworn to Transfer (Courtlight #2)
  • Sworn to Conflict (Courtlight, #3)
  • Sworn to Secrecy (Courtlight, #4)
  • Sworn To Defiance (Courtlight #5)
  • Sworn To Ascension (Courtlight #6)
  • Sworn To Vengeance

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