I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Death Sworn #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on March 4th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
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 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.
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!