Saturday, 26 April 2014

Book: Blades of Magic by Terah Edun

I was a beta reader for Blades of Magic.

After the execution of her father, Sara and her mother ended up in the worst parts of Sandrin. Though as a battle mage, Sara has been training to fight for her entire life, she has now been banned from earning her living from fighting. When she takes a watcher position she meets Ezekiel, a curator for a black marketeer. But Sara wants to know why her father was executed, and the pair break into the mercenary guild, when it turns out that Sara needs to find someone on the front lines of the war, the pair find themselves travelling towards the war itself with the company.

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Blades of Magic is the first book in a new series by Terah Edum, Crown Service, which is set in the same universe as the Courtlight series, but in the initiate wars which are mentioned in the series. And it is a brilliant start to a new series, there are links things mentioned in the Courtlight series, but there was also a great deal of its own character to Blades of Magic and it did feel that it was set in a different time.

The two main characters, Sara and Ezekiel, have such a great relationship together, they seemed to be equals and had a relationship that was both caring and full of teasing, though not going into the realms of romance (though I will admit that I kind of hope it does in further books, I think they're good for each other!)

Sara is a very tough character, who softens throughout the book (particularly towards Ezekiel, not so much some of the other characters) and is singularly determined. What was interesting was that the world seemed to be pretty equal for her considering that she is a woman. In contrast you have Ezekiel, at first I thought that he was a bit of a bumbling idiot but actually there was much more to him. He was clumsy, but other than that he was smart, and there is definitely something more to him!

Basically, I'm loving the new series, and am looking forward to reading more!