Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess


Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
Death Sworn
(Death Sworn #1)
by Leah Cypess
March 4, 2014
352 pages


Goodreads 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

This was an interesting fantasy read with lots of magic! The book focused more on explaining the magical aspects of the world which was intriguing. However, considering the setting was inside a cave full of assassins, I was a little let down that we got few action scenes. I need to see some cool moves!

The romance between Ileni and Sorin was slow and not enough. Their relationship was forbidden so I was expecting heart-pounding moments. When things did happen, they didn't feel very natural so I was having a hard time believing in their feelings for each other. Though I did enjoy the few witty banter they shared. It was especially funny when Sorin said they were inevitable since Ileni is the only girl he's ever been around. What a depressing and rude thing to say but coming from Sorin, you can't help but laugh and accept it.

The mystery of it all kept me glued to the pages. I wanted and needed to know! So when all was revealed, the plot twist had me impressed. It was so obvious and simple yet you don't see it coming. Ileni definitely had guts, to refuse Absalm (and Sorin) and turn down that much power. I loved her clever acting that enabled her to slay the master. Smart move!!

I have high hopes for more action in the next book since Ileni is headed to the Empire (aka the outside world). Hopefully we will get to fully experience the Empire through her and I'm excited to see where the story goes!


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16 comments:

  1. I just love the cover on this! I am so glad this was more than a pretty cover. I love that the plot was simple but still kept you guessing. Great review Eileen!

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    1. The story was good but I really wanted more from the romance. I'm a sucker for romance haha.

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  2. Not my type of reads, but I'm glad you enjoyed it, Eillen. :) It sounds like she spent time developing the world.

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    1. The world was pretty neat but I can see why you wouldn't like this ;)

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  3. I'm quite curious about this one but I'm thinking I'm gonna wait till book 2 releases before deciding to read it or not!
    Great review Eileen!

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    1. Book 2 is soon, I look forward to possibly hearing your thoughts :D

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  4. This one looks promising! I love high fantasy and the cover art is mesmerizing; great review Eileen :)

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    1. I believe this is a duology with the second book coming out in March. I hope you pick both of them up then!

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  5. I really want to read this one and I might just pick it up now after seeing you enjoyed it. I am very wary of romances though, was it too centred on the romance do you think? I like a lot of action in my books so it is a little disapppointing that there wasn't more.

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    1. The romance was actually very in-the-background. The story focused mostly on solving the murders so if you like a good mystery definitely try it out :D

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  6. I really need to pick this one up, it sounds really interesting and I absolutely love that cover! That sucks about the romance between slow and not feeling natural though, I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy that aspect. Great review!

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    1. The cover of Death Marked is equally as beautiful! The romance was what I really looked forward to so how it turned out was a little disappointing. However, the story itself was really captivating so I hope you do try it :)

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  7. I've had this on my TBR for a while! Great review :)

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  8. I've heard some great things about this series so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it, too!

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    1. I can't wait for the sequel to see how it all ends :D

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