Book Review: Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun

Sworn To TransferTitle: Sworn to Transfer

Author: Terah Edun

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating:  4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. With the death of the Princess Heir, the Ameles forest – the home of the kith, is dying.

The inhabitants of the forest, magic-wielding non-humans, are defiant. They have not forgotten their long struggles nor are they content to watch as the last of their lands perish. As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.

With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city’s nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she’s given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.

To keep the Companions’ Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she’s faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.

Sworn to Transfer is an amazing read set in a complicated, vast fantasy world with well-crafted characters and an unique plot. I didn’t read the first book in the series, which made this one a little tough to follow, but after a few chapters, I got the hang of the story. Ciardis has been born believing she held no magical talents, but apparently she’s a Weathervane, and her magical talent is quite impressive. She’s trained as a companion to the royal heir, Sebastian, who, unfortunately chooses to ignore her most of the time.

Ciardis is sent on a mission to protect the home of the kith in the Ameles forest. With her abilities being tested at every turn, she has trouble finding out who she can trust. She must find out what is plaguing the kith, before her own life and that of her friends and new-found family are at stake.

I liked Ciardis. She managed to act independently most of the time, but listened to advice when needed or helpful. She had a bit of a stubborn streak, and was usually quite impulsive. I also liked how her talents can be a bit wonky at times, it shows she’s far from being a Mary Sue character. I also liked Sebastian. He was mysterious enough to be intriguing, and he seemed to have a lot of depth to him.

The world building was very impressive. The world author Terah Edun has created is magical, original, surprising, refreshing and most importantly, very vast. You never know what to expect, or what’ll come next.

The writing style was descriptive. At the start, I had some trouble getting into the book because of this, but once I got to know the characters, this didn’t form as much of a problem, and I actually began to enjoy the vibrant descriptions of the forest, the towns and characters.

If you like high fantasy for young adults, then Sworn to Transfer can’t be kept off your to-be-read list. It’s an imaginative, suspenseful, intriguing read.

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