Written by: Leah Cypess
Series: Death Sworn
Sequence in Series: 2
Page Count: 400 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Teen | Fantasy
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A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.
At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.
Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.
Death Marked by Leah Cypess
Ileni was a powerful sorceress who lost her magic. In the first book, she was sent on a suicide mission by her elders deep into the assassins lair. Now she is running for her life. The man she left behind, Sorin, should want her dead, but she has been thrust into a new enemies camp, The Empire, and the allure might just be too much.
The Empire doesn't have many magic users but what they do have is everything Ileni has been taught to hate. It is the chance to regain her power but at what cost.
It all comes down to power. Can she accept the power taken by another's death or will the temptation might be too great? Will she forgo the love she knew for power? Will she discover the truth behind the powers that be? Its all answered in the conclusion of the Death Sworn series.
I absolutely was riveted to Death Sworn but had a hard time with Death Marked. The story seemed to have a lot of excess that distracted me from the main plot. I understand the author's right to direct a character to what they see in their minds eye but boy was this direction a hard pill to swallow or work for me.
I did missed the Sorin we got to know in Death Sworn even though he still plays a minor but pivotal role in Death Marked.
The decisions laid on Ileni's head are insurmountable. How do you choose between two wrongs and make one as right as you can? Maybe that accounted for all of Ileni's indecision and vacillations.
In the end, Cypess provides a vivid and detailed fantasy. You can't help but visually see the sorcery academies cliffs and take in the plunges over said cliffs. I liked it, but wasn't riveted like I was with the first installment.
I received this ARC copy of Death Marked from Greenwillow Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 3, 2015.