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 Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess Author: Leah Cypess
Series:(Death Sworn #1)
Published: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow
Categories: High Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.

Review: Well, all things considered, Death Sworn by Leah Cypess was still an entertaining read. I’m not really a huge fan of this genre but I like taking risk, getting out of my comfort zone from time to time. And while this particular book wasn’t completely a fruitful experience for me; needless to say I still enjoyed what I read.

Ileni is a sorceress who lost her magic but now the new tutor to this group of assassins. She knew her life was in danger when two former instructors that were sent before her were dead. Upon her arrival in the assassin’s cave, she was greeted by one of them (with flying knives no less), the guy’s name was Sorin and he was given the task to guide her. But teaching these assassins a thing or two about magic was not the only thing that will occupy her time. She wanted to find out the reason why the people before her died. Because there was more to the death of the former tutors than meets the eye. And she will learn that someone she knew has a connection to their deaths.

I liked it, and sometimes it reminded me of The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark (not because they both have assassins), but the whole vibe of the book was somewhat similar to it. If I tread the YA Historical pretty carefully, I’m very cautious with High Fantasy. This genre is so hard for me to digest. It’s too…high? Ok, I’m not making any sense—again, but it is so technical for me that I need to understand the mechanics of the world whereas ordinarily I just need to read it and just pick up the pieces as I progress. But I’m happy to say that this time, grasping the idea of this world they living in were kind of easy for me. Of course there were several instances that I’m scratching my head, asking the whats, but overall it wasn’t a difficult ride.

I also liked both Ileni and Sorin. Despite being sent to something like her deathbed, she still went with it. It was, since she was there she might as well do it sort of thinking. She didn’t lament on her situation, she actually did something else instead. But what I really like about her is she thinks. She might be developing feelings toward Sorin but she was still cautious of her environment. She considered her moves. Sorin on the other hand was fine. I couldn’t draw a solid impression aside that he is mysterious and quite dedicated to his mission and responsibilities, whether it was for his master or even for Ileni. I’m not overly fond of the romance (though I liked it enough) but since it wasn’t a major aspect of the story, I kinda slide that one a bit. So yes, it was ok with me.

Generally, I did like it. I guess the conspiracy and secrets that was out in the open is tempting me to read the sequel, although I don’t desire it as much as I wanted to. But I would like to know more about Ileni and her magic. With bits of information that were revealed and that Ileni is now actively seeking answers, I’m pretty sure there’s more to it and I wanted to know that “more” part.

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Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote:  “All she cared about was putting physical distance between herself and all the people who thought she was worthless. No one here would look at her with pity.” (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)

2014 / 03 / 04

4 Responses to Review: Death Sworn

  1. I know what you mean – sometimes high fantasy can be really hard to digest. It’s one of my favorite genres, but also a really complicated one. But that makes your review that much more interesting! Great read.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Aw, thank you Amanda, it’s like a double edge sword, it’s either that aspect will make the book strong or the one that will drag it down. :D

  2. High Fantasy is my favourite genre!!! :D Well, now it is xD But of course, a high fantasy must be done well and it must unfold well in order for us to enjoy it, and like you said, it can be at times hard to digest if it’s not carried out well… I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews for this one, but I’m glad to see that you still enjoyed it nonetheless! :) Love the new cupcake raters by the way ;D
    Fantastic review, Mitchii!! <33

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Exactly, it’s hard for me since there world building should be strong, if not the rest will fall flat, leaving disinterested. Thanks Emily. :3

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