Death Sworn by Leah Cypess is a young adult fantasy of swords and sorcerers.
people and the Assassins have one thing in common: they both long for
the destruction of the corrupt Empire. By an old agreement, Ileni's
people send a sorcerer to the Assassins' Caves to train those with
aptitude in magic. Ileni is the first woman to be sent to the caves --
and also the first to carry such a heavy secret. Ileni's magic is
fading, day by day. She barely has enough power for the simplest spells.
Without magic, she will not survive long in the caves -- but before she
dies, she has an important mission: she must find out who is killing
the sorcerers sent to the caves. Two sorcerers have died by foul play in
the year before Ileni's arrival -- will she be the third?
of the way through this book, I was thinking it was a fairly good YA
fantasy: strong female protagonist, bad-boy love interest, a little
fighting, a little magic, a bit of a mystery -- but the twist at the end
elevated the book from just okay to quite good. It's not perfect by any
means (the romantic subplot is relatively weak, and the pacing lags in
the middle), but now that I know how it ends, I am eager to see where
the author goes next with this story. Recommended to fans of young adult
(Reviewed from a e-audiobook borrowed through my library system.)