Death Sworn

Death Sworn 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

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 plWhen 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.

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  1. I wrote my first story in first grade The narrator was an ice cream cone in the process of being eaten In fourth grade, I wrote my first book, about a girl who gets shipwrecked on a desert island with her faithful and heroic dog a rip off of both The Black Stallion and all the Lassie movies, very impressive.However, I took a few detours along the way to becoming a full time writer After selling my first story Temple of Stone while in high school, I gave in to my mother s importuning to be practical and majored in biology at Brooklyn College I then went to Columbia Law School and practiced law for almost two years at Debevoise Plimpton LLP, a large law firm in New York City I kept writing and submitting in my spare time, and finally, a mere 15 years after my first short story acceptance, I am going to be a published novelist I am very excited about this I live in Brookline, Massachusetts right outside of Boston with my husband Aaron, a researcher and doctor at the Joslin Diabetes Center, and our two daughters.

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  1. She might be about to die, but she didn t have to do it cowering 3 1 2 stars I must admit I didn t really expect to like Death Sworn I ve had my eye on it for a while but many of my GR friends didn t like it, especially with the limited world building.And I have to say that it doesn t fit into what I would normally expect from YA fantasy There are certain elements of the genre that pop up again and again, and we expect them in order to consider the book good kingdom empire in peril, or reclaimin [...]

  2. Actual rating 3.5Finally A heroine who s got her fucking head on straight Murder Magic Mayhem No insta love No love triangle A cave full of young men, assassins to be, their deadliness defies their age A young woman on a mission that will likely kill her An assassin assigned to guard her This was a fast read, an enjoyable book that is light on romance, with a realistic, complex heroine who has a fatalistic streak and who can blame her This is a fantasy book with elements of magic, there is a reb [...]

  3. How have I never heard of this book before It was SO FUN I just meant to read the first few chapters but could not put it down The girl MC is sent by her people to live in a cave of assassin boys and train them in magic for the remainder of her life The story had a ton of elements that reminded me of The Heart of Betrayal even the master was like the Komizar and the guy assassin guarding her was like Kaden ok, fine I miiiight love this story for those details And there was a river deep in the ca [...]

  4. Many of the reviews applauded the excellent world building but I really am wondering which world building There was absolutely no world building This story entirely takes places in a fucking cave Was it magical No Our TSTL heroine lost 99% of her magic due to reasons unknown and we were expected to accept it like that Magic apparently can go puff and the biggest sorceress can be cast out and send to her sure death as the new teacher to an assassin school There is an ominous emperor with dark mag [...]

  5. This was SO good I am so sad I waited a year after buying it to read it Death and peril and an uber protective overly protective assassin.what could a girl ask for RTC For of my reviews, please visit

  6. Oh wow, this was surprisingly fun This is definitely an under hyped series I m crossing fingers for the next book full review to come soon

  7. Actual rating A grudging 2.5 stars.Let s do a fun review today, I thought So here we go.Anchor Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the latest and greatest in magical and assassin related news, only on Fee Fi Fo FM Our guests for this evening are Ileni, a bright young lady with no future or magic, Sorin, a dark young man who doesn t want a future and the mysterious Master, who refuses to comment on anything Welcome, everyone.Ileni Erm, thanks Sorin Smirks Master Hmmm.Anchor Ileni, tell us, what dr [...]

  8. This review has also been posted on The Social Potato Actual Rating 2.5Death Sworn was a huge let down When I first started it, I thought I would fall in love The fantasy fan in me was fangirling and thought she had discovered a YA gem when it came to fantasy.The problem with this book stems from the fact that essentially nothing happened This book could have been condensed to a couple of pages for the amount of things that took place I feel like this book was a set up for the sequel rather than [...]

  9. An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.I picked this one up because it screamed fantasy Even that awesomely sounding title had my interest piqued But what went down was something else For me, it ended up being too much a romance and not enough of adventure, fantasy where our main characters are at war with another kingdom That was what I was expecting I felt like it dragged on and on and onAnd I wanted to know why her powers were fading, it both [...]

  10. Death Sworn, what the hell happened I m sorry, that s harsh You weren t the worst and at a few points I really did almost enjoy myself, but the fact remains, you put me to sleep Four times Once would have been highly unusual behavior for me, but four Something s wrong.The rest of my review can be found on Cuddlebuggery.

  11. I m a little torn by this book, but not in the way you might think It s very, very good on so many levels The plot is tight with well planned twists that still hang together once revealed The characters are fully realized and have strong motivations with deep undercurrents And the romance unfolds with a beauty only really possible in contrast to the devastation surrounding it.We pick up with Ilena in the throes of a crisis of despair She has lost the thing most important to her her magical power [...]

  12. 3.5 StarsI wasn t sure what to expect when I started this book I enjoyed that there was a bit of mystery in this plot I plan on starting the second book in this duology Death Marked soon.

  13. Fantasy fans prepare to have your hunger sated Death Sworn managed to hit all the high notes for me without nary a fumble Magic and Sorcerers and Assassins, Oh my In this world people are born with magic, almost as if it s a byproduct created within themselves, filling them up and just begging to be used But in most this is something that s not permanent and completely disappears once they are past puberty Those individuals that pass tests determining their magic to be permanent are taken from t [...]

  14. 3,5 PunkteGegen Ende hat es leider stetig abgebaut und der Schluss hinterl sst einen bitteren Nachgeschmackrtinabookaholic.wordpress.cMeine Gedanken zum Buch Das Buch war ein absoluter Cover Kauf, aber auch die Inhaltsangabe versprach geballte Action und Nervenkitzel Zum Teil habe ich das auch bekommen, aber eben nicht ganz.Irgendwie habe ich mir eine st rkere Protagonistin vorgestellt, auch obwohl es ein Jugendbuch ist und die Charaktere erst so um die 17 herum angesiedelt sind Doch Ileni ist e [...]

  15. Reading DEATH SWORN made me remember the experience, as a teenager, of first discovering Meredith Ann Pierce s DARKANGEL, Robin McKinley s THE BLUE SWORD and Patricia McKillip s THE CHANGELING SEA in other words, the first YA high fantasies that I fell head over heels in love with, that completely sucked me in and filled me with a sense of magic I felt the same way all over again as I sank into DEATH SWORN, which is utterly absorbing, eerily romantic, and deeply, deeply magical.In a reverse of t [...]

  16. 3 1 2 stars I m not gonna lie, this was a pretty typical YA fantasy If you re looking for a rich high fantasy story with heavy world building then you won t find it here.Death Sworn has the usual list of tropes there s the special chosen main character, a plot to take down an evil empire, forbidden romance, a strong female protagonist, and a plot twist that happens near the end.BUT Even though this book was far from original, it was still super entertaining And aside from the obvious cheesiness, [...]

  17. Rating 3.5Ileni is a young sorceress whose powers a waining Ashamed of her situation she flees as far as possible from her former life Her Elders send her to tutor magic for a secret assassins sect, situated in a system of caves under distant mountains This job is a life sentence, the termination of the contract in this sect means death, as the last two tutors died a mysterious death She takes the assignment willingly she has nothing to lose.This was my second reading of Death Sworn re read, to [...]

  18. I give it five hours and a bathroom break before I forget everything that happened in this book blandlyforgettable

  19. Rating 3.5 StarsWhile a countless number of hidden gems flit under my radar on a weekly basis, I make it a point to hunt out every fantasy novel I can get my hands on I thrive within the fantasy genre I ve grown up breathing the air of thousands of different worlds and I don t intend to stop not just yet Mistwood, Cypess s debut novel, similarly did not fail to come under my radar when it was first released an ambitious piece, for a debut, and not without its flaws, but also shining in its merit [...]

  20. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty Death Sworn is an unforgettable, engaging novel with a dark tone and an eerie quality about its setting This is a smooth blend of mystery, romance, and magic that makes for a story that will blow your mind.Opening Sentence The first step should have been the hardest.The Review Ileni is a sorceress who had once been extremely powerful, but her magic is fading rapidly The Elders gave her an assignment, one that she will fit because she is expendable [...]

  21. How can you know what your life is worth if you don t know what you would trade it for This is one of those books that I don t know how to rate The ones that I can t really tell how much I liked it Sure I enjoyed it but how much I don t know if its a 4 or a 3 or a 3.5 I just don t know So I ll say 3.5 because it s in the middle This is the story of Ileni, a powerless sorceress who is sent to teach magic at a school of assassins That is right Assassins The worst part is that the reason she has be [...]

  22. Pretty, isn t it he said Didn t the Elders tell you about this Of course, Ileni said stiffly, letting the magelight vanish What they had said, actually, was Parts of the caves are very beautiful, but don t let that distract you from the evil within them The good thing about losing everything, is that you ve got nothing to lose.Ileni had everything her magic, her society, a future, and even love And like anyone, she expected those things to be permanent.Until the day they weren t Until the day s [...]

  23. This and Grave Mercy made me think of the Study series Anyway, I had taken a break from this and got back to it One of my favorite parts in this was the growing friendship between the sorceress and the assassin.You have well, a sorceress whose power is slowly diminishing She s sent to teach assassins magic All the while looking into the death of the last tutor before her What had happened and what will she find and of course will she survive amongst teaching these assassins in the caves First of [...]

  24. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 201After reading this book, I just had to look inside myself and wonder if I m suffering from YA burnout But now I ve gone and painted a negative mood over this review, and that wasn t really my intention at all Death Sworn was in fact a pretty good book I just don t doubt for a second that I would have enjoyed it even if I hadn t already gone through so many young adult novels that displayed similar themes since the beginning of this year.I actua [...]

  25. This was a very compelling fast paced read, with characters that actually behave according to logic, despite their age Imagine that.The only negative point of this story, its the world building that is actually extremely vague to say the least.I was left with no idea of the time period in which the story takes place Yes, I know it is a fantasy tale in which certain people possess magic But besides thatThere s three factions _lets call them that _ in this world We have the Empire who are the bad [...]

  26. LOVE IT It was a murder mystery, assassin filled, stubborn love interests book that took place in caves How much cooler can you get And Sorin s last line Killed me That struck home, my friend Right in the heart Can t wait for the sequel

  27. Dark, thrilling, and full of secrets, Death Sworn was an absolutely amazing YA read I completely and totally loved this book The world was dark, the romance was lovely, and the story was brilliant Loved it The world building in this book was great I never felt confused, despite the entirely separate world that was created It was dark and magical and wonderfully done.Ileni was a strong heroine For most of her life, she trained as one of the strongest sorcerers in her society But, now her magic is [...]

  28. Initial Thoughts 2.5 3.0 stars I really liked this at first however I felt that the main character Ileni was very naive and reckless The Review After a promising start, Death Sworn kind of fizzled for me Let s start with the beginning Right away, I was transported to a world of magic and ruthless assassins Our main character Ileni is sent to the assassin s caves in order to train them in the art of magic It s basically a death sentence her predecessors both died mysterious deaths Ileni s magic i [...]

  29. 2016 Book Awards information about these awards on my blog First thing that I thought when this was recommended to me was that is a gorgeous cover oh, yeah, and the plot sounds kinda interesting.When I actually found it as an audio book, though, I had trouble starting it Mainly because of that it was quite short for an audio book, which has spelled some trouble for me before, and also because I felt like it might be too much like a lot of other books I d recently readY WAS I WRONGJeez, I absolu [...]

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