Published March 4, 2014
Even among assassins, secrets are deadlier than swords.
“A thoughtful exploration of identity and responsibility wrapped in a twisty, suspenseful mystery and set in a gorgeously realized fantasy world.”– Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)
“Death Sworn is YA fantasy at its finest. Intricate and clever world-building, heart-stopping action, and an unforgettable romance that left me breathless — I adored every single moment and never wanted it to end. This is Leah Cypess’s best book yet!”– Sarah J. Maas, NYT Bestselling Author of Crown of Midnight
“In a striking start to a new series full of magic and murder, Cypess has created a heroine at the intersection of Tamora Pierce’s Alanna and George R.R. Martin’s Arya Stark.”– Booklist
Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she’s losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins’ cave, hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other. Accidents? Or something more sinister? As Ileni navigates the dangers—both natural and human—of the caves, she’ll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she’ll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins’ next leader. With Sorin determined to protect her, sparks—magical and romantic—will fly. But will even he understand the choice she must make in the end?
Read the first three chapters here