Title: DEATH MARKED
Author: Leah Cypess
Pub. Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
I wrote my first story in first grade. The narrator was an ice-cream cone in the process of being eaten. In fourth grade, I wrote my first book, about a girl who gets shipwrecked on a desert island with her faithful and heroic dog (a rip-off of both The Black Stallion and all the Lassie movies, very impressive).
After selling my first story (Temple of Stone) while in high school, I gave in to my mother’s importuning to be practical and majored in biology at Brooklyn College. I then went to Columbia Law School and practiced law for almost two years at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a large law firm in New York City. I kept writing and submitting in my spare time, and finally, a mere 15 years after my first short story acceptance, I sold my first novel to Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins).
I live in Brookline, Massachusetts (right outside of Boston) with my husband Aaron, a researcher and doctor at the Joslin Diabetes Center, and our three children.
1 Grand Prize pack signed copies of all 4 of Leah’s books (Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, and Death Marked), plus signed SWAG! US Only.
Those that did not fully enjoy the first book would likely not enjoy Death Marked. It is slow in the middle since it is all about giving the time needed for Ileni to recognize and then be forced to reconsider her perception of the Imperials. That said, this is the perfect two sides of the same coin – the view from the Assassins and the view from the Imperials as seen from a neutral third party. I appreciated the intelligent writing and heroine who actually thinks rather than reacts or overacts. Both Death books were an antidote to the silliness of the typical YA novel.
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