Title: Blades of Magic
Series: Crown Service #1
Author: Terah Edun
Published: March 31/14
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it.
She just doesn't know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.
On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.
There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before - passion. The question is - can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn't become the year she dies
Edun’s breathes life into this remarkable story. Her easy and fluid writing style allows you to immerse yourself fully in the story at hand. She creates a remarkable world that is larger than life at times. The mix of magic and humanity completes the picture for this unforgettable tale. It’s exciting and adventuresome, taking you a fast paced ride. The treasure hunting and mystical artefacts were an added bonus. It added an element of mystery and of history to the entire tale.
I love the main character in this novel. She is exceptionally well developed without being overdone. She remains approachable and likeable, even if you don’t always agree with her decisions or methods. Her partner in action is equally loveable. The contrast between these two characters is both revealing and inviting. The dialogue in this novel was also quite well done. It was natural and really added to the story.
Overall, this was a light, easy read with a kick. It is a must read novel for all lovers of fantasy.