Saturday, February 15, 2014

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Ileni is a sorceress whose power is waning.  Sorin is a master assassin, assigned to protect her.  She's been sent to teach magic to the assassin students.  She's pretty sure more than one person is trying to kill her, but she doesn't know why...

Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to download this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published March 4th and is written for ages 13+.  Check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Ileni is hiding the fact that her magic isn't as strong as it used to be.  The previous two sorcerers sent to teach here were killed and she's trying to find their murderer.  She's also trying hard not to be another victim.  The assassins' building is underground and there are caves everywhere.  It's like a huge labyrinth.  She manages to make an enemy of one student the first day.  She befriends another.  And without trying to, she finds herself falling in love with Sorin.  It's not possible, she shouldn't do it, but her heart isn't listening.

Everyone does what the master tells them to do, unflinchingly.  Even jumping from a window and killing themselves.  When she stands there and tries to understand why but doesn't panic, the master suddenly becomes aware she might be a danger to him.

This is world of conspiracy, favors traded, and leaders gone amok.  Sorin tries to explain the assassins' way of thinking and how the master always has a plan, bigger than any individual.  Ileni doesn't buy it.  What she finds puts her in more danger than ever and it turns into a battle of wills.

This was a different fantasy and an exciting tale.  Ms. Cypess' words set the stage for the final confrontation.  I had no idea how that would go; she's not very kind to her characters.  The best news is that this story could continue on.  I'd like to see more of the budding romance and learn more about the hidden plot for anarchy.  I also think Ileni has more potential for power than she thinks.  More in this series would flesh out those areas and make me feel better.  

Do you think there's more to this tale or do you think Ileni's story is done?

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