Book One of the Courtlight Series
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. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on 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.
Sworn to Raise is fascinating. Ciardis goes from rags to riches. She grew up with nothing, working as a cleaner when she is noticed by a Court Companion. She becomes a initiate of the Court Companion's Guild. Court Companions are trained in many things, they have power and social standing, but they are not wives. Wives are property, Court Companion's are business partners with benefits. The Courtlight series takes place in a world different from our own. Our culture does not look upon women in the Court Companion's situation with envy. I can hear the literary snobs going on about how Terah Edun's book is a social commentary on the exploitation and power of women and sex. Maybe they are right, I don't know. I do know that this book was interesting and I enjoyed learning about Ciardis, Court Companions, and the world of the Courtlight series.
Forbidden Fruit Rating
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