Death Sworn

Death Sworn

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When a young sorceress is exiled to teach magic to a clan of assassins, she will find that secrets can be even deadlier than swords. Teen Vogue proclaimed, "It's impossible not to fall deep into the dark yet alluring world of sorcery and secret assassins." A dangerous and eerie fantasy about murder, shocking discoveries, and fiery star-crossed romance that readers of Cinda Williams Chima and Robin LaFevers won't be able to put down.

Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins' cave hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other. Accidents? Or something more sinister? As Ileni navigates the dangers--both natural and human--of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she'll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins' next leader. With Sorin determined to protect her, sparks--magical and romantic--will fly. But will even he understand the choice she must make in the end?

Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062221216
Characteristics: 346 pages ;,22 cm

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Maiya_Schmidt
May 20, 2015

I'm not really sure why I liked it, but I did. I didn't like Ileni very much, I guess because she was kind of naive, and I think the book took too long for that one mystery that they didn't even solve. Still a good read though. :-)

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katrinka28
May 30, 2014

Disclaimer: This book is a dystopian vaguely veiled in the pretty prom dress that is fantasy. Now don't get me wrong, I really liked this book. Clearly outlined in my Goodreads "read" list is a long history of loving both fantasy and dystopian, so this is no surprise. I was, however, surprised that the description of this book did not meet my expectations (but again, not in a bad way). This book was nice in that it slowly enveloped you in the story as well as the atmosphere of the fantasy setting. I look forward to read future installments and hope that the world building expands out of the dark cave (literally, the majority of this novel takes place in a dark cave). Ileni, our main heroine, is both likable and realistic with just enough sass and toughness. The male lead is aloof in a way that you are drawn to him (but also disconnected enough that the romantic tension can continue into future books).

Final recommendations: lovers of fantasy, lovers of dystopian, strained romance, sassy girls, "magic"

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