Author: Leah Cypess.
Published: March 3rd 2015 by Greenwillow Books
Sort: Death Sworn #2.
Death Sworn #1. Death Sworn.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
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.
There are no spoilers for Death sworn.
In the first book we met Ileni and we found out that she was losing her power, so they send her away to the assassins. It seemed like an easy way to get rid of her, but the book ended with a dramatic note. Ileni she ends up with the Empire's magicians – once her sworn enemies. Her romance with Sorin makes it difficult for Ileni, because which side is she going to support in the upcoming battle?
The first things I liked were the characters. They all have their own reasons to work together with the Empire and I liked Ileni's struggle in the beginning. The problem was, towards the ending I got a bit annoyed by her constant switch of loyalty. Figure it out already! I felt like she was looking for people who were a 100% good, but nobody is. Everyone is a mixture of good and evil, so it seemed to me she wasn’t realistic. I thought Kara was great. I didn't always agree with her choices, but that made her complex and much more interesting than Ileni.
I really liked the addition of Evin. I was never a big fan of Sorin and I continued to feel that way. There is something bland about Sorin and he doesn't stand out to me. Evin felt more like a real person. The only thing I liked about Sorin was the fact he kept protecting Ileni, no matter what was going on. He always looked out for her and I think that’s an admirable trait.
”I don’t require people to like me before I decide to like them. That would be giving too much weight to their opinion of me.”
The story is written in a nice writing-style that made it easy to fly through the pages. While I would have liked more action and magic, there was still more of these elements than in Death Sworn. The plot wasn’t mind-blowing, but kept me engaged. What really worked for me was the ending. I didn’t see it coming and while it wasn’t completely satisfying to me, I thought it provided something more unique than most conclusions. It wasn’t clichéd and that unexpected twist is appreciated.
The overall series didn’t live up to it’s full potential, but I’m happy I read it anyway.