Saturday, February 28, 2015

Death Marked by Leah Cypress - A very quick review.

Death Marked (Death Sworn, #2)

Published: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow 
Pages: 400
Copy: Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

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.

Curlypow's very quick thoughts:

One of the things I really enjoyed about Death Marked was Ileni's struggle to accept help in regaining her magic.  She knows that she shouldn't be using the stones to give her power, but the pull of the magic is so strong that it's hard to fight.  This made her seem very real and relatable.  We all know what it's like when there is something that we really enjoy, but we know is wrong, or bad, and it can be very, very hard to stay on the straight and narrow.

The story runs at a fast pace and held my interest very well.  There are several new characters entering the picture and several surprises to help the story along and all in all was well worth the read.

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