Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1) by Terah Edun
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 10, 2013
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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 for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.
But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.
This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.
Blades of Magic (Crown Service #1) by Terah Edun
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: March 31, 2014
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It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it.
She just doesn't know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.
On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.
There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before - passion. The question is - can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn't become the year she dies.
When Inga finally finished her meal a half-hour later, Ciardis was fairly bursting with questions. She knew very little about frost giants but she did know the human mantra: They were deadly, they were evil, and they were stupid. For a stupid, deadly, and evil creature, Inga ate with a delicacy that rivaled that of most villagers.
Picking her teeth clean with a sharp bone and tearing bread neatly to soak up the broth weren’t exactly high court manners, but her behavior certainly beat the ravenous, bloodthirsty beasts Ciardis had always assumed a frost giant to be.
And it wasn’t just Inga. The frost giant warriors surrounding her ate, laughed, and sharpened their weapons just like a normal group of soldiers. They also didn’t appear to be cannibals with sixty claws like daggers on their hands. As she snuck glances around as she finished her meal, Ciardis was flummoxed.
She continued to search, but there was one thing she didn’t see: frost giant men. Every single warrior in the encampment was female. It wasn’t hard to tell with the skimpy leather and fur outfits they wore; weapons weren’t the only things on display.
Terah Edun's next YA Fantasy novel, BLADES OF MAGIC - Crown Service Book #1 (set in the Algardis Universe), will release on March 31, 2014.
Book Five of Courtlight, SWORN TO DEFIANCE, will release in April 2014.
Her favorite writers include Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb and Maria Snyder.