Thanks to Edelweiss and Greenwillow Books for giving me this book to review.
Ileni discovers that losing her powers and ending up with the assassins is all part of a plan for her to destroy the Empire. The only problem with this plan is that she does not want to be a weapon, all she wants to discover the truth. She is now in the heart of the Empire, at their academy for sorcerers, yet she is more confused than ever. Some of the people are not as she had been lead to believe, and she is tempted by the empires evil magic. On top of all that, her budding romance with Sorin, the assassin’s leader, is being threatened by their differences in beliefs. Will Ilena become the weapon she was designed to be or forge her own path and find another way to bring down the empire?
Death Marked is the enjoyable sequel to Death Sworn but is not as good as the first book. This book has action and suspense but not as much romance. I could not get into to this book and it didn’t hold my interest as much as Death Sworn.
Ileni is really indecisive in this book and I wished she would just make up her mind, but she has grown up since the start of the first book. Sorin is not in this book as much, yet we did get some of his POV which means we get to understand him better. There are also some new characters which were interesting as well as some ones from the last book.
I am not sure if there is going to be another book in this series but I would be interested in reading more about Ileni and Sorin. I would recommend Death Marked to fans of the first book Death Sworn.