Ahoy there mateys! As most of us on the East Coast are trapped in port from Winter Storm Jonas, I thought I would share a hearty blog to pass the time before we can sail once again . . .
death marked (Leah Cypess)
I was able to track down a copy of this sequel to death sworn at my local library. Overall, it was a fun and good ending to the main character, Ileni’s, story. This novel starts out with Ileni captured by the Empire’s sorceress. Ileni is offered a choice that will enable her to regain her magic . . . but at what cost? Again this author seems to focus on Ileni’s thoughts and growth and agony in her choices regarding the knowledge she obtains and what to do with it. Unlike the first novel, this one seems a little more disjointed in how the plot is laid out. The main character seems to waffle a whole bunch with no major events occurring. The new characters are fun but not particularly deep. The secrets of the Empire and its magic seem self-explanatory and predictable. I could have done without the love story choices in this book. But the choices that Ileni finally makes concerning her magic and role in the world were very interesting and not predictable. The ending of the novel made me feel better about how more realistic the ending was than the average young adult book. A happy ending for me. I am not sure if others would be disappointed. However the ending felt appropriate for the world the author created and redeemed the book’s minor shortcomings. I am glad I was able to read the conclusion of this story. That being said, should the author write more in this world, I would not be opposed to traveling to this port again.
The author’s website says the following about the book:
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.
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