Death Sworn by Leah CypessDeath Sworn by Leah Cypess

Death Sworn

byLeah Cypess

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

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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?

Leah Cypess wrote her first short story—in which the narrator was an ice cream cone—at the age of six. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Maryland. She is also the author of the acclaimed fantasy novelsDeath M...
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Title:Death SwornFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062221213

ISBN - 13:9780062221216

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada 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 on..And I wanted to know why her powers were fading, it bothered me sooo much. A good world building read that was wholly interesting, but there was one big problem for me. I still didn't believe the Empire was such a threat. We were told it was and it wasn't even shown. This huge threat was absent. I was thinking there was going to be this huge war and Ileni and Sorin would fight to the death, but there wasn't. I'm not sure if this was made to be part of a trilogy or series, but I was rather disappointed. A good start to a magical fantasy read, but for me, I didn't enjoy the romance being a main focus. I recommend skipping this one if you're looking for more of an adventure!
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Ileni has known her life's path since she was first tested for magic as a child. She was trained for years and showed great promise. Until the day the elders told her that her magic was fading and she was being sent to tutor a group of assassins who lives underground. The two previous tutors died suspiciously and Ileni is tasked with finding out why, keeping herself alive, and training the deadly assassins in magic, all while keeping her own lost magic a secret. First, I absolutely love the cover of this book. The detail is amazing. Second, the concept is what drew me into this book(besides the cover). Magic and mystery and a character rebuilding a life in new surroundings. These are things I like. This turned out to be a faster read than I expected but I still enjoyed it. I ended up really liking Ileni as a character. At first I wasn't sure since I had a hard time connecting with her, but as the book went on, the connection came. I liked her determination not to show fear in front of the assassins even though any one of them could kill her. And I really liked how she used other assets to teach her students so as not to train what little magic she had left. She definitely had a good head on her shoulders. Sorin was hard to get a read on, but I liked that. That was who he was. He was an assassin but he never came off as a jerk. The romance between him and Ileni was slow and nowhere near the focus of the book. The world-building was where the book lost me the most. I was left with so many questions, especially closer to the end when things were happening so fast. A lot of the world information was stated as facts as characters were speaking and it didn't really give a clear picture. Hopefully the next book will have more solid world building and keep everything that was good about this book. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-04-22

Editorial Reviews

“Death Sworn is YA fantasy at its finest. Intricate and clever world-building, heart-stopping action, and an unforgettable romance that left me breathless—I adored every single moment and never wanted it to end. This is Leah Cypess’s best book yet!”