Review: Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

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Title: Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1)

Author: Leah Cypess

Release Date/Publisher: March 4th 2014 by Greenwillow Books

Finished: December 16th 2013

Pages: 352-ARC eBook-for review from Edelweiss


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When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

What I thought:

I did enjoy reading this book, but I think high expectations based on the description are why my rating wasn’t higher. That’s not to say that I didn’t like it though! It just didn’t surpass other favourites I have.

There were lost of awesome things about this book too, such as the magic and the world of the assassin’s that Ileni has to go live with. I couldn’t imagine living underground though, since I don’t really like close spaces.

She goes through her day training them and interacting, and for a while the actual hunt for who killed the two tutors before her goes in the background. I think I just wanted a bit more adventure in the middle of the book. The ending was pretty good though so that made up for the slow parts.  Her own past took a while to piece together instead of telling us right away, or at least I thought so anyway. It did make me feel sorry for her because of the dwindling magic.

Ileni kept waiting for her death, and wanted to not get close to the assassin’s because of what they do. She was so against murder, which makes me wonder how they were planning on using the Renegai’s magic in the first place, if not to fight and possibly kill people in the Empire. She does start getting close to Sorin but keep reminding herself what he is and changing her mind. I just hope she finds more of herself as the series goes on, especially since it sounds like the next book could be really good based on where it left off.

This is a good start to a new series, and I’m looking forward to what happens next with the plot and Ileni.

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