Title- Sworn to Secrecy
Series- The Courtlight Series #4
By- Terah Edun
Expected Publication Date- February 28, 2014
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.
~~~ Kj Says ~~~
Ciardis, Ciardis what are we to do with you? Always wanting to believe the best of people and being fooled more often than not. Such a bad habit of jumping in where others fear to tread. Now she is at court, with all the intrigue. Never a dull moment is there? Soon she must try to find out what is going on and discover what the Princess Heir was up to before her death. Kith, dragons, royalty, family, what a cast! Yes, throw into the mix Sebastian, the Prince Heir and the Daemoni Prince both wanting Ciardis for themselves. Crazy world, a death threat hanging over their heads, can Ciardis & crew pull it all together?
Oh Terah, you make my heart stutter. I truly love this series, but MORE!!!! Really people, this entire series is one big fantasy yayyyyy!! You should definitely get the books they are well worth it and Terah Edun is a fantastic author. Intrigue, fantasy, mystery, romance, it truly has it all. Now, pretty please get me more?
Prince Heir Sebastian Athanos Algardis held out a cold and distant hand to Ciardis Weathervane. She accepted it silently. Because she couldn’t be petty. Not now. Appearances were everything. Unity was everything. Strength in the face of their enemies was everything.
They walked down gilded hallway after gilded hallway. Always in unison. Watchful eyes ready. Taking notes of the courtiers who took note of them. The courtiers who turned away or made no attempt at recognition would not support them. The courtiers who were careful to nod in their direction or catch the eye of the approaching prince were allies. And still more watched and waited, calculating, assessing, and preparing for what was to come.
She sighed silently when they reached the enormous golden doors that marked the emperor’s audience chambers. She had been here once before with Sebastian. Then they had just met and emerged together from the aether realm as well as the renewed land wight’s presence. Then as now they waited on the emperor’s verdict.
They stood in front of the doors, waiting for them to open, while the noble court tittered behind them as they gossiped about whatever it was that was the latest rage among their group. A liveried footman wearing the Algardis crest soon approached them. He bowed deeply from the waist to the prince heir. As he rose, he stated, “His Imperial Majesty Emperor Bastien Athanos Algardis requests a private audience with Ciardis Weathervane, companion trainee and scion of the Weathervane family.”
Disturbed, Ciardis looked with wide eyes at Sebastian, who glanced back at her, perturbed as well. The emperor’s request had been specific and final. If he hadn’t ordered anyone else to attend him, then no one else would enter the chamber.
Sebastian grimaced. She knew he couldn’t gainsay his father in front of the entire court. Instead he let his mental barriers down. Be careful, Ciardis. My father isn’t to be trifled with. Tell him what you found out but make sure you maintain the upper hand. This may be our only time to gain leverage.
I know, she replied back. I will do my best. Sebastian—
Her voice halted.
Yes? he said. He couldn’t hide the anxiety and wariness in his mental voice.
Nothing, she said. It doesn’t matter.
She straightened her shoulders and he stepped back, his shields snapping closed. A cold mask descended over his face so fast that she almost flinched. She took a step forward to the opening audience chamber doors.
As she entered through their golden vista, she whispered in her thoughts, Just like old times.
Don't forget the first three books!!
Sworn To RaiseBlurb-
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.
Sworn To Transfer
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. The Ameles Forest lies unprotected and its inhabitants are dying.
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 Conflict
Ciardis Weathervane fought for the living dead and won. But worse than taking on a mass murderer, was her discovery that she had been deceived by her friends. Now she needs to not only fight a war in the North and survive, but also decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides.
A threat to all she holds dear lies in the North and her heart is not the only thing she might lose. A massive army awaits in the mountain pass, surging closer to the gates of the southern lands. Nothing the Algardis army has done so far has dissuaded their march forward and Ciardis finds out that her powers to enhance are needed now more than ever.
As she faces her greatest fears on the battlefields and her heart is torn between her love of Sebastian and loyalty to her family, Ciardis must choose her fate carefully. For in her path, lies the destiny of the empire.
This third novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Transfer.
Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and has spent years living abroad in South Sudan and Morocco. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.