In the heart of the Imperial Courts, Ciardis Weathervane knows that death is coming for the empire. With her friends by her side and the new triad of Weathervanes, she's in a race against time to convince the courts of the same.
She must do her best to unite kith, mages, nobles and merchants under one cause - the fight to prevent a war. Soon she is forced to keep a secret that could exonerate her mother of the Empress's death, and is always one move away from stepping into diplomatic chaos.
Throw in a daemoni prince who is showing interest in the youngest Weathervane, a jealous prince heir, and a irritated dragon with her own designs on Ciardis, and you have an imperial court in turmoil.
This fourth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Conflict.
Ciardis Weathervane returned to the imperial court of Sandrin to unite her foes. But her efforts hit a stumbling block. The imperial kind. She never thought that before rallying an empire, she'd have to fight the emperor himself.
An imposter sits the throne and the court she turned to for help is in turmoil. Ciardis hasn't survived assassination attempts, torture and really bad luck to be taken down by her own ruler. So she devises a plan. But first she needs to get Sebastian and Thanar to agree. Each seems to love her in their own way. But neither is listening to her. Pushing them to put aside their differences, in an effort to ward off catastrophe, might be harder than displacing an emperor who would do anything to keep his throne.
Butting heads at court isn't Ciardis's only problem. With the princess heir's threat looming she is forced to travel to the mythical city of Kifar, where it is up to her small group to stop the destruction of the entire city while heading a rebellion that could foment a revolution. It wouldn't be the first revolution that Algardis has ever known. But with Ciardis Weathervane at its head—it would certainly be the last.
This fifth novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Secrecy.
Ciardis Weathervane is officially engaged to one man and bonded to a second. She should be planning the wedding ceremony, bearding the nobles of the imperial court in their dens, and exposing an imposter emperor. Instead she's spending her engagement on the lawless road to the western lands.
Now with the help of a guide from a tribe of seers, Ciardis is traveling to the ancient city of Kifar. Rumored to hold the only device capable of stopping the blutgott, Ciardis, Sebastian and Thanar must break a half-century's old quarantine in order to enter the fabled city.
But the collar of Diamis is not the only thing they seek. The princess heir's pet wyvern lurks in wait for them and the emperor, who has done everything short of challenging the new triad of Algardis outright, wants its head on a platter upon their return.
If the unscrupulous bandits don't make short work of them, Ciardis knows that when they return she and Sebastian will have to a face and unmask the man who has stolen the imperial throne. The only question that remains...will that be before or after they're forced to battle a god?
These books! Oh, man, they were so freaking fantastic! I enjoyed the, so, so, so much! And then it was over! Which was so freaking sad! I wanted more! And yeah, we get more in Sworn to Vengeance, gah that it isn't out yet!
On that note, this isn't a write faster demand, but a please, please relive the pain of wanting the next book for a little bit until done reading the most recently released book plea, because gosh, I could've read the first 5 books in less than 3 days, but put off the 4th and 5th since I didn't have the 6th. That's how much I got addicted to this series! So freaking amazing!
Each of these books picked up pretty quickly after the events of the last book! Like, Secrecy starts at the ball that the Weathervanes entered at the end of Conflict. Defiance started with Ciardis, Sebastian and Jason SaAlgardis' and the later wanting the former on the throne. Ascension is the only one with a bigger gap, just the morning after the funeral. So great to read!
I think some of the best moments in this half of the series thus far, were about Ciardis and Sebastian's engagement and upcoming wedding. From Ciardis proposing, to the negotiations that went on with the Companion's Guild, yeah, freaking hilarious!
So much happens in this book, like the impostor Emperor, and how he's replaced Sebastian's dad since before the events of Sworn to Raise (which raises the questions of when did the replacing happen? And maybe, could the impostor be Sebastian's dad, just maybe? And how does it all work out with the events of the first book, if the impostor has power? Questions!) And learning about the Princess Heir's plans. And so much more! There was a lot going on in these books, and a lot of attempted assassinations!
It was so freaking great to be able to read these books, I'm so thankful, and I just really, really, really, really want Sworn to Vengeance! I've already read the first two chapters that are on Terah Edun's blog, and I just want more!
Author: Terah Edun
Series: Courtlight #4, 5, 6
Read: August 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 2015
Source: Tuebl, Author for Review
Reason Why: Loved the first 3 books in the series, and they're Historical Fiction 2015 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books!
Published: February 28th 2014, April 28th 2014, January 28th 2015
Sworn to Secrecy:
Sworn to Defiance:
Sworn to Ascension: