Death Marked

400p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062221247; ebk. ISBN 9780062221261.
Gr 7 Up—In this thrilling sequel to Death Sworn (HarperCollins/Greenwillow, 2013), Ileni has been separated from the dreamy and dark-eyed assassin Sorin in order to fulfill her destiny. In the midst of dangerous spell weavers, the formerly powerful sorceress has returned to the Empire that exiled her to infiltrate the Imperial Academy. The institution is where the best enchanters in the land train and hone their skills under the unforgiving hand of Karyn and the strongest learn to wield their power and serve the Empire. The protagonist hopes to destroy the Empire from within. But in the middle of her enemy's heart, she starts to doubt everything she's been raised to believe. Appealing to fans of Robin LaFevers's "His Fair Assassin" series and Kristin Cashore's Graceling (both Houghton Harcourt), there is some violence, but nothing too graphic. This novel will especially be appreciated by readers who enjoyed Cypess's previous volumes.—Clair Segal, LREI, New York City
Seventeen-year-old sorceress Ileni finds her morals and her magic abilities tested as she goes undercover in the Imperial Academy of Sorcery, ready to signal assassins to attack. When Arxis, another assassin spy, also infiltrates the Academy, Ileni doesn't know whom to trust. This second volume extends the first's compelling magical world–building; political intrigue, double-crosses, and romantic tension round out the novel.

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