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Death Sworn [Hardcover]

Leah Cypess
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  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (4 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062221213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062221216
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Death Sworn 31 Mar 2014
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17 year old Ileni is losing her magic and with that everything she has ever wanted, her place as the most powerful sorceress in the Renegai, the man she loves and her purpose in life. The elders send her to be the magic teacher to the group of assassins who they have an alliance with, but her real mission is to discover what happened to the previous 2 magic tutors who died under unusual circumstances. The assassin’s caves are not how she imagined and neither are the young assassins, some of whom are hostile towards her but all of them will to anything to stop the Rathian Empire and obey their master, even if they will die. With some of the assassin’s out to get her, more twists to how the two teachers died and her growing feelings towards her protector, Sorin, Ileni has to find out what is happening in the caves before it is too late.

Death Sworn is a really good fantasy book which is fast paced and an interesting read. I liked this book partly because, unlike most other YA books about assassins, they were actually deadly and would actually kill people. However, there is not much world building in this book as all we really know about the world was the assassin’s caves and not much about anywhere else.

I liked Ileni as she was fatalist and depressed about her situation but instead of mopping around and waiting to be killed, she was determined to go out fighting and is willing to stand up for herself against a cave full of deadly assassin’s. Sorin is reserved, does not show much emotion and comes across as cold, but he is willing to bend the rules and is caught between his feelings for Ileni and his loyalty to the cause. I would have liked to have known more about Tellis as he was an important part of Ileni’s past but I knew nothing about him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent. 23 May 2014
Ileni had everything, a life most envy, but now its taken a turn for the worst. She is losing her magic a little every time she uses it and she also lost the man she loved. Magic users and non magic users don't mingle so when she is offered a chance to go "teach" the assassins magic, she takes it. She knows she was only offered it because she is now expendable.

The assassins follow the law of The Master to the letter! His word is law. When Ileni goes to the caves its with one mission in mind, to find out who killed the last two teachers. She has no idea what she is in for!!

Ok, I finished this a few days ago and cant stop thinking about it. It was amazing!

Ileni is a strong willed character. She has relied heavily on her magic and when she realises that she is losing it she doesn't have much choice but to accept the Elders offer. She goes to the caves with determination and dignity. She is in danger every day but never falters and always keeps a strong outer face. She is truly a heroine that you can look up to and I loved her character.

Sorin was so mysterious! He is assigned to watch and protect Ileni but slowly starts to fall for her. He is the epitome of the strong silent type and is a deadly assassin. He is unfailing in his faith of The Master. If his Master ordered him to kill he would do it in the blink of an eye and without a thought.

I loved watching the romance between Ileni and Sorin blossom. It was so subtle and slow building but so sweet. The chemistry was there straight away but both had trouble trusting the other at the start. It was nice to see it develop normally and not be one of the plethora of insta love stories.

Now on to The Master!! He was for me the best villain I've read in a while.
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay story, but lacked excitement for me. 9 May 2014
By Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Ilena is a sorceress, but she’s also losing her magic. Sent to live with assassins and train them as part of an agreement between the sorcerers and assassins, Ilena is sent because the previous two teachers have been killed, and she is seen as expendable.
Why is Ilena losing her magic? Who killed the previous two teachers? And will Ilena become the third casualty?

This was an interesting read, but I did find it a little slow in places.

Ileni was an interesting character. I could see why she was feeling a bit depressed over losing her magic, I think I’d be pretty fed up too if I had all that training and no power to make use of it! I also felt quite sorry for her due to the way her elders treated her, it can’t be nice to be told your expendable!

I liked the storyline in this book, but for some reason I found it quite hard to find the motivation to keep reading, I don’t know why, but I had to push myself to read this, which obviously is not good! I liked the idea of a cave full of assassins, and I liked the mystery over who was killing the sorcerers, the book just lacked excitement for me.
There were a few twists and turns, and I didn’t immediately guess what was going to happen. I do still have some guesses as to what IIeni will find out in the next book, but that remains to be seen. Again though I didn’t find the book all that exciting, even with the twists.

There was some romance, but it was fairly minor, and there wasn’t all that much of it. Thankfully the romance felt okay though, and there wasn’t any insta-love.
The ending was okay, but again for me lacked excitement. I’ll probably read the next one to find out what happens next, but I’m not rushing to read it.
Overall; okay story, but lacked excitement for me.
6.75 out of 10.
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