My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I got this book from NetGalley as a ARC book to review. I loved the cover so much, that I didn’t even read a summary about it before I started it. Man oh man was I surprised. I didn’t know what I was getting into and now I’m glad I did. This book is about Ciardis who grew up as an orphan. She always knew she was gypsy but didn’t remember who here parents, or where she came from. After working as a laundress for many years, she meets a Companion who offers her a place at the Companions Guild to train as a Court Companion. Ciardis agrees to go. At the training school, she realizes who her family is. As a last survivor of her family Ciardis is a big hit for the Lords, Vice counts, and royalty looking for companions. However, fate has something else in store for her. A few trips to the Ather-world, some mishaps, and few cruel school mates Ciardis grows into a beautiful woman. This book surprised me at the way the Court Companions where highly regarded. I will definitely be reading the next book.
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.