And the story did progress and get more interesting by the end of The concept and world-building were interesting enough that I was willing to overlook the blatant and sometimes jarring grammatical mistakes - which says a lot because I am a grammar snob and often abandon books for lesser grammatical issues than what I found in this series. And the story did progress and get more interesting by the end of the third book. And there wasn't a "surprise" cliffhanger for me because I was aware that there were more volumes to follow and by the time I got to the end of the third, I just didn't care any more.
All in all, I was willing to overlook a lot of issues and even initially willing to pay for the volumes to complete the narrative; however By the end of the third book, while other characters had grown and developed in the face of the challenges in the book, I do not feel like Ciardis grew, developed, or changed as a person.
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That was the main factor that discouraged me from reading any further. She had developed skills and gained powers, she even made a few "friends" and allies, but throughout all three stories, I found her personal character and sense of appropriate behavior to be lacking. She just seemed to careen from event to event without learning anything really meaningful, without contemplating the repercussions of her own behaviors.
There was no desire to change, just ego. By the end of the third volume, I honestly had zero investment in her outcome in the narrative - so why would I care to continue?
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The plot revolved around her so completely that once interest in her was severed, there was little else compelling me to continue. It feels more plausible that the supposed "mentor" has multiple personality disorder than that she is someone else don't want to spoil it in disguise. So it was hard for me to empathize with any of Ciardis' decisions and reactions relating to that big reveal.
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It may have driven the plot and added intrigue, but it felt forced, fake, and quite unbelievable. And, honestly, just as an aside, I find Ciardis to be one of the worst names I have ever read. It reminded me too much of Cialis the erectile dysfunction medication , which might suit her vocation just fine, but I don't think it's very pretty and makes for a very distracting name.
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Feb 02, Lenora Good rated it liked it. I 'bought' the boxed set for free. I got what I paid for. Terah Edun has a great imagination, and with a good editor, she'd have some terrific stories. She gets 3 stars from me because that's the average of an almost 5 star storyline and a 1 star grammar line. The books almost read like a first draft, though I'll give her the benefit of the doubt on that one.
Ciardis, our heroine, is an orphan and grows up scrappy in order to survive. A Companion comes to town and takes her to the Guild to be tra I 'bought' the boxed set for free. A Companion comes to town and takes her to the Guild to be trained as another Companion. The training fell flat in many areas, Ciardis was always being told to watch herself, but no one ever explained HOW or WHY she needed to act, only that she needed to change. No one really explained to her or the reader what a Companion was, either. Someone to accompany the highest bidder to the ball?
Lots of hints but nothing concrete.
She reads the dossiers of her 'suitors' but what is she looking for? On her 18th birthday, her magic powers come to fruition. She is a powerful mage, and again, is not given the training she needs, just told she needs to behave herself. Outside of the grammar mistakes on nearly every page, the biggest problem for me was there was no cost to any of the mages for the use of their magic. Only the Prince Heir, at the last, paid a price for his magic.
Magic was so freely used in these stories it became, well, mundane. There were characters introduced who disappeared, characters I would have enjoyed seeing more of, especially the dragons. A lot of action, but not all of it explained well. A lot of Ciardis acting like a snot-nosed brat, a lot of her going off on her own. She doesn't grow much, and she doesn't pay much of a price for it. Oh, she's on the death list of someone, but we know she'll survive. Some romance, but not a novel of romance. Ciardis, the orphan discovers she has a brother, and then discovers her mother still lives, but has lived while hiding in plain sight.
If you like high fantasy, don't mind some of the plot holes, and can deal with the grammar errors, I'll recommend this set, especially at the price. I think this author has a lot to offer, especially if she teams with a good editor. Jun 18, Douglas Cook rated it liked it Shelves: First sentences Book 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Ciardis Vane watched the townspeople jeering as the local Gardis strapped the highwayman into the stocks.
Frowning Ciardis wormed her way closer to the front of the crowd, straining to get a peek at the criminal. She felt no pity for the condemned man; he would die tonight, regardless of her feelings. The nightwolves were already pacing, their shadowed forms just visible in the dense tree line, waiting for darkness to fall. Without the protection of the ho First sentences Book 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Ciardis Vane watched the townspeople jeering as the local Gardis strapped the highwayman into the stocks.
Without the protection of the house wards, the highwayman would be defenseless locked in the stocks. I wish I could say it will be a quick death, she thought with clinical detachment, but they'll probably go for his guts first. The man deserved no less than death in any case; he had done nothing but steal from— and sometimes kill— those who traveled the Imperial coach roads.
Ciardis pushed back her heavy brown curls with a sun-bronzed hand. Turning slightly to the side she whispered about his crime with the other washer maids who'd come to see the spectacle. Suddenly, she felt a sharp pinch on her wrist. Turning to see who had interrupted her entertainment, she looked over and frowned down at the younger woman who now stood by her side.
Wringing her hands anxiously, Margaret looked up at Ciardis and gave a quick jerk of her head to the side to indicate they should speak outside the crowd. To Ciardis, a good piece of gossip was as welcome as spun gold Oct 05, Heather rated it liked it. The Courtlight series by Terah Edun transports you to a world of magic and adventure. Ciardis is an orphaned girl living in a remote village. She has to fight for everything she has in life, until one day Selena comes and whisks her away to train to become a companion.
Ciardis begins to discover powers in her world that she could have never dreamed of. The most surprising power she discovers is the one within herself. Ciardis seems to always get in trouble by either running her mouth o 3. The adventurous side of her surely would have gotten her kicked out of the Companions Guild if not for her rare powers that everyone seemed to need. I really enjoyed discovering her world in the first book but by the third I did not like her a much, luckily I liked her companions much more to keep me reading.
Ciardis was a cocky girl but she was also naive. She did not understand things that people would try to explain to her and often needed to be told multiple times. It was a frustrating quality when paired with her cocky attitude. I guess all teenagers seem to know everything even when they are clueless. I enjoyed Sebastian the most. He seemed to have the most level head on his shoulders and always tried to make the best most ethical decisions.
His strength and understanding complimented Ciardis and provided her with what she lacked.
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Overall, I enjoyed the world created. I enjoyed the story lines, but wished that they had a little more depth and surprise. The ending of the third book was very interesting, and leaves room for a very exciting fourth book. I love stories with a happy ending and this seemed to have everything you would look for in a happy ending. The book set was free for my kindle. I love reading and the more free books I get the better.
I am not a harsh reader, if the book keeps me entertained long enough to want to finish it then I will generally say it was good. However, when I found myself constantly checking to see where I was and how long I had left in each chapter I should have permanately closed the set. I am unsure if it was some kind of publication error or if was becuase of the author but all three books are 1. I am unsure if it was some kind of publication error or if was becuase of the author but all three books are FILLED with typos, grammatical errors, and formatting issues that drove me absolutely crazy.
There are so many that after the first book I was forced to assume something went wrong rather then poor editing in publication and author. It only gets 2 stars becuase the story itself was not terrible. While predictable, it carried a sense of originality that. This magic was different, each character given a specific trait. There were humans and magical creatures and bad people and good people. The books all started decenly and slowly got worse and worse, it was almost as if the writter had nothing left to say and threw in a wild event to conclude the book.
Each one aburtply ended with a wild activity that took barely more then a couple of pages. Teen fiction at its worst. Sep 07, H. These books have an intriguing storyline, but there are so many errors. Grammar issues, funky comma usage, incomplete sentences, strange word usage words that don't mean what the author is trying to say. One minute, Ciardis is angry at the prince for having allowed people Interesting storyline, but One minute, Ciardis is angry at the prince for having allowed people to torture her, and the next she is falling into his arms.
Ciardis's character is inconsistent, and I really don't like her. The "bad guys" in this story keep being changed. One minute it's the kith nonhuman creatures , the next it's the emperor. Two sentences later it's suddenly the kith again. The story kept flip flopping constantly. The Daemoni are evil, oh wait, they are suddenly good again, but hold on, they are still super evil and you need to watch your back. I understand that the author is trying to keep the reader on their toes, and that a little mystery is important, but some consistency would be appreciated. One thing that I thought was funny was the "old language" in these books is German.
Bluttgott, however, is Luxembourgish. So maybe it's Luxembourgish, which is close enough to German anyway.
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