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.
Sworn to Transfer focuses on Ciardis and her family this time around – why her mother left the Weathervanes, does she have any other family out there and what did it mean for her when she entered court. She is in for plenty of surprises and shocks. The fact that she can enhance other mages’ powers makes her a pretty powerful ally but also a dangerous enemy. Most of the book, people are out to get her because she is powerful but untrained. I actually got frustrated in the start with how much they underestimate her – she has so much potential but spends it most of the time being bratty. Yes, she is still a bit juvenile and I still don’t feel any particular endearment towards her. Sebastian was better this time around and all the new characters really gave it a fresh life.
The story progressed well, though, and was interesting enough to keep me entertained. At first, it felt there were two plotlines but they get weaved together towards the end. There were some things unexplained as to how the Shadow mage got the other Weathervane away from his guardian but I suppose that will be explained in the next since that is where Ciardis landed. The writing was good and I especially loved how the magic cores and building up the magic was described. The secrets being kept from the people in power and the Shadow Council add good backstory to the series. I, however, feel that the first book in the series was better and had much more to offer. Here’s hoping that the next one is even better.
Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review