Review: Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Death Sworn has been in my TBR pile for a long time, so when I saw Death Marked was available as an automatic download on Edelweiss, I knew I needed to read both of them ASAP, and now that I've finished this book I can't believe I've waited this long to read this series.

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publish Date: March 4th, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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 a 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. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Likes:
I devoured most of this book within 48 hours. That should tell you something all on its own. I'm a sucker for anything that is fantasy that has to do with assassins and magic. I mean sign me up for all the books that are like that, and I promise that I will be rarely disappointed. And this book was no exception. I really liked the setting and the danger of it all. It fascinated me and drew me into the world of lies, dogma, and death.

My Bookish Mehs:
Part of me wishes this book was just a tad longer. 50-60 more pages would have done it for me. I would have liked more interaction with the Master, because I found him to be such an interesting character, and I would have liked a few more scenes with Sorin that wouldn't have faded to black so prematurely. I mean, nothing explicit, but I would have liked more of tie to Sorin, because I really enjoyed his character.

I had a problem with Ileni's ex-boyfriend Tellis. She talks about him all the time in the book, but we never get any time to know him first hand. I'm curious if this is purposeful work of the author or an oversight. I'm hoping that he comes up in the next book with a bigger role to play. I have high hopes that he will.

My Bookish Loves:
She knows how to write action scenes! Leah Cypess is a fantastic writer. With living in a mountain full of assassins, there's a lot of description of movement, and Cypess did a fantastic job of making that real to the reader. I felt like I was watching everything on the big screen.

And those twists! Ah the twists! I thought I had everything figured out, but then this huge twist happened, and I figured out that I actually knew nothing! Ah, brava, Leah, brava!

Final Thoughts:
This book is definitely a worthy read that will keep you guessing and eager for the next installment. Don't pass this one up in the bookstore.

I gave this book 4.5 stars on my Goodreads.


  1. Nice review! I have never heard of this book but it sounds awesome! I've been reading mostly fantasy lately so I'm excited to check this out! *adding to Goodreads immediately*

    1. Thank you! I really enjoy it! I hop you have the opportunity to read it soon!

  2. The action and good writing sounds wonderful. Great to see a positive review :)


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