Release Date: 10 April 2013
Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’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.
My Opinion 3 STARS
**ARC Provided by Netgalley and All Night Reads for an honest review**
It wanted to give this book higher marks but due to the amount of spelling mistakes I just couldn't. Also I found the length on the short side, we could have had more description.
On the whole I was sucked into this story. This kind of fantasy just does it for me, however a few things could have been explained better, such as why two characters hated each other.
I liked the idea that Sebastian was two years younger than our heroine. Will they get together eventually, or will they just stay friends?
A gypsy girl, Ciardis has been taught hard life lessons, especially as she is an orphan. She has a kind heart, but can be a bit shallow.
I did not think much of Serena. She was very shallow and bitter and it always seemed like she had an ulterior motive for taking Serena in. I did not actually find her very pleasant. We never heard much about her sponsor or met him.
Damias was a good character although it did seem like he lacked a bit of backbone. We only got one mention of his companion and he always seemed to be there with Serena.
With a bit of editing and filling in some gaps this could easily have been a five star review.