Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Death Marked by Leah Cypess [Joint Review!]

  3 out of 5 Robots!

Death Marked By Leah Cypess

Series: Death Sworn #2

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release: March 3, 2015
Hardcover:  400 Pages
Publisher: Greenwillow
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
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. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review! 

1. In a sentence or two, how'd you feel after reading Death Marked?
Shannon:  I really enjoyed Death Sworn and I was excited to get into this sequel.  But, unfortunately, it was lacking for me.  I felt it somewhat disjointed from the first, given that we had a new locale, new characters, and a new purpose.
Julia: I felt ripped off after reading Death Marked. I feel there is build up, and we're going to see this epic battle between the Empire, Assassins and Renegai... We don't. Actually, I'm disappointed we never really visited the renegai villages. I am okay that the book is disjointed, and that we get new characters, as long as this book intertwines with the plots/histories of the first. It doesn't really.

2. How would you compare Death Marked to its predecessor, Death Sworn?
Shannon:  I just didn't like it as much. I didn't care much for the new location at the Empire's sorcery academy and I didn't really care for the new cadre of characters.  I felt we spent much of the time treading water as Ileni spars with the other sorcerers.  At the end of it, I'm not sure what the point was.  But I think the biggest thing is that I just didn't like that basically everything changed and a lot of the plot and characters from the first book are moot.
Julia: They don't really compare, Death Sworn is more compelling, thrilling. Death Marked leaves you scratching your head. The build up from Death Sworn, the character relationships, nothing matters...

3. Now we're introduced to the Empire, is it everything you thought it would be? 
Shannon:  I still don't really understand anything about it.  I was willing to forgive it in the first book, hoping that we would get a better understanding in the sequel.  But no, we don't.  
Julia: No! I thought it would be a bunch of badass sorcerers. I set myself up for disappointment. I knew Ileni would discover the Empire wasn't as she thought, but come on. All they do is train and train, and for what?

4. Character chemistry. Go!
Shannon:  Character chemistry is one thing this series lacks a bit.  We spend the whole first book trying to believe in the chemistry between Sorin the Assassin and Ileni.  But then, Sorin is hardly in this book!  And while I guess there is a "rival" love interest, I wasn't feeling it.
Julia: There isn't any character chemistry in Death Marked. Not in a romantic way. The only chemistry that I enjoyed was that of Ileni and Arxis. I'm not even sure why I did, I don't think they actually liked each other - just respected? Blah!! 

5. Are you satisfied with the ending?
Shannon: The ending was a little off for me.  You find out some things that barely make sense.  Look, you can't just randomly introduce someone or something at the end and then be like "it was this all along!"  Because then I just don't care about the person or thing.  That's kind of what happened here.  It frustrated me that THIS was the ending we got.  I feel like the two books were two separate books and not a part of the same series.
Julia: The ending made no sense to me. I would have been okay with the "solution" if we had more time after discovering the solution. This book had so much potential, the story could have been a great ride. It fell flat. 

6. Rating and recommendation?
Shannon:  I would give this 3 stars.  I'm hesitant to recommend it because it frustrated me.  But really, you should make up your own decision on that one.
Julia: 3 stars. Read this if you read the first one, but don't go into it with high expectations. 

1 comment :

  1. Congrats Shannon! This entry in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge: July Wrap up won the giveaway for July! Please contact me within 48 hours at hollyraeharris(at)gmail(dot)com with your ebook prize selection, please specify Kindle or other, valued up to $10.

    Thanks for participating!
    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love



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