Title: Death Sworn
Author: Leah Cypess
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fantasy adventure that is fit for anyone looking for a book loaded with everything, I loved, loved, loved Death Sworn and couldn't put it down!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ileni has left her tribe, the Renegai, hiding a dark secret: She has lost the magic she thought she would have forever, losing her home, her lover, and her place in life. Sent to the assassin's caves to tutor brutal killers in the way of her tribe's magic, she discovers a cult of people all under the leadership of the mysterious Master, and in trying to solve her predecessor's murder, she might just risk her own life..
What I enjoyed:
-Ileni, the protagonist--she was inherently relatable as the girl who lost her place and was struggling to find a new one, and I love the way Cypess didn't hide her darker, less feminine impulses
-The pacing of the novel was breakneck--there was one thrill after another throughout the novel and the action never stopped
-The way the book genre-jumped so well--there really is something in this book for everyone: a romance, a murder mystery, magic, high fantasy, political intrigue
-Sorin, the boy that Ileni ultimately finds friendship with, enigmatic and strong and full of contradictory convictions--he was a great character as well
-The twists and turns that I never saw coming throughout the novel
-The ending--that was one of my favorite parts of the whole novel--I loved the way that it ended and it really did justice to the entire book
What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this book--it was amazing!
Death Sworn was awesome--definitely a favorite of 2014! Wonderful! Next on deck: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott!