Thursday, 30 June 2016

Sworn to Sovereignty by Terah Edun

Title: Sworn to Sovereignty
Series: Courtlight (#8)
Author: Terah Edun
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 25th June 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Ciardis Weathervane has one simple rule – win the first fight, then move on to the next. But she’s finding out that the citizens of Sandrin have other plans in mind.  When she returns to the imperial capital city, she finds that nothing is as she left it. Only a week has passed and yet chaos reins. Vana Cloudbreaker has been attacked and surprisingly, she did not come out on top.  The woman Ciardis thought was invincible stands a broken shell of what she once was and Ciardis isn’t entirely sure what or who was the cause of the fabled assassin’s derailment.  To top it off, the revolutionary party is determined to make itself known, starting with a call for an impostor emperor to vacate his throne. They couldn’t have chosen a worse time to start their revolution. Right when the noble societies at court are ready to throw their support to the prince heir and princess heir-in-waiting against the blutgott itself.  Now revolutionaries and courtiers are at odds, but even stranger—the duchess of Carne stands among the revolutionary guard. Ciardis is faced with the predicament of saving an empire and sacrificing a revolution, all while facing down a clock that has run out of the time.  The gods are here and there’s nothing that she nor anyone else can do to stop them.

Review may contain minor spoilers for previous books in the Courtlight series. Sworn to Sovereignty is definitely not meant to be a standalone book (nor would you want it to be because Edun's writing is so good!) It definitely relies on events from the previous books, and as there are no new characters (major players in the plot that is!) you need to know them already! (However if you've never read Sworn to Raise - book 1 - then go do it! This is an amazing series!) 

While reading this I couldn't help but think how much Ciardis has grown as a character (though through 8 books that was going to happen!) the best bit was that she herself realised it as well. She'd always been an independent character, but I thought that she really gained her strength and her voice in this book. There's a lot resting on one woman. 

There were several mysteries added in this book...I had a theory about what happened to Vana, and then I carried on reading and now I'm really not sure, but I love the way that the story twisted and turned to get me to that point. In fact I actually have several theories about various characters, but am too nervous to share most of them! 

The love story is sort of a background plot in Courtlight, but provides a source of strength for Ciardis and her Princes (it's complicated, but I don't want to ruin anything!) The three of them now seem to have reached an accord and working together seemed more of an option. Saying that I definitely still have a decisive way that I want it to end for Ciardis in the love department. 

Sworn to Sovereignty does have a pretty big cliffhanger. I'm now desperate to find out what happens and can't wait for the next book! This is definitely worth a read if you love fantasy!