Death Marked

Death MarkedTitle: Death Marked
Author: Leah Cypess
Series: Death Sworn #2
Publisher: Greenwillow
Date: March 3, 2015
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars


"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."

I really never thought I’d enjoy reading books about assassins. Throughout the last 5 years, though, I’ve realized that some of my favorite books have murderers for hire in them. The Death Sworn series is such a good fantasy and while it has assassins in it, I just freaking love it.

My favorite part about Death Sworn was far and away the romance. I love the world building and I adore Ileni, the main character, but there was always something about Ileni and Sorin together that just made me so happy.

Since Ileni is no longer at the assassin’s keep and is instead in the heart of the empire, we don’t get to see Sorin as much. That didn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought it would! Ileni’s quest to find out the truth about the world she lives in captivated me. We know what the assassin’s and the Renegai think about the Empire, but I love that Ileni has decided not to trust what she’s been taught and instead decides to seek her own answers.

If you liked Death Sworn, you’ll love Death Marked. And if you haven’t started the series yet, but enjoy a good fantasy than you need to pick this one up. Great characters, fantastic world building, and just a hint of love – Death Marked essentially has everything you need for a good book!

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