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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blog Tour- DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess and a Giveaway!

I am so excited to be able to host a stop on the DEATH MARKED Blog Tour! Leah is deep in her editing cave but we wanted to do something for this amazing book so a few of us bloggers and fans decided to do our own posts with Leah's go ahead of course!! I loved this book and am dying to get my hands on book 3! Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a copy of the book courtesy of Leah!

Haven't heard of DEATH MARKED? Check it out!

Author: Leah Cypess
Pub. Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 400
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.

Now on to the  post!

I decided to take some of my favorite quotes from DEATH SWORN so I don't spoil anything in DEATH MARKED and share them today!


"Arcaians truly know how to dance,” Sorin said, shouting now over the sound of the music—and the whoops of the others as they began to leap out on the floor. "Be glad you don’t know the words of this song, though.”

“Who says I don’t?” Ileni retorted. An Assassin whirled past them, launching himself off the rock floor and tumbling over twice in midair before landing lightly on his feet.
Sorin rolled his eyes and took her other hand. His hand was fine boned, but rough and calloused. He pulled her close with casual strength and grinned down at her.

“His dark eyes searched her face. "But you love me," he said finally.

She had no reason to deny it. Ileni lifted her shoulders. "I'll recover.” 

“His eyes met hers, cold and deadly, and the dagger's edge pressed against her skin. Then his expression shifted into horror. He lowered the dagger and stepped back. "Ileni. That was not smart."

"I know. I'm sorry. . . ." And this time, she didn't even try to stop the tears.” 

“Every person we assassinate dies to serve a greater purpose."

"I'm sure they would be happy if they knew it," Ileni said sarcastically, but her voice sounded weak even to her. "If you would explain it to them, perhaps they would volunteer for your knives.” 

“And then he hesitated. He turned his head and looked across the chasm at Ileni. Their eyes met, and his weren't deadly and focused at all. They were . . . afraid.

This thing between us wouldn't survive my watching you murder someone.” 

I hope you liked!!!

About Leah:
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.

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Giveaway Details:

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

Week One:
2/23/2015- A Backwards StoryOriginal Content
2/24/2015- Crossroad ReviewsReview
2/25/2015- Fiction FareOriginal Content
2/26/2015- Reading with ABCOriginal Content
2/27/2015- Si, se puede - Review

Week Two:
3/2/2015- FiktshunReview
3/3/2015- Fall Into BooksOriginal Content
3/4/2015- jrsbookreviewsReview
3/5/2015- Two Chicks on BooksOriginal Content
3/6/2015- Mundie MomsReview


  1. So excited to read this, I've heard NOTHING but amazing this about this series!

  2. You chose some great quotes. I feel a connection to the characters and am hooked already! Thanks for sharing this series and author.

  3. Wow! What an awesome giveaway! This series sounds fantastic - but I hadn't heard of it until I saw your post. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Morgan ~ drewblythe2004@yahoo.com

    I love fantasy books and this is one that I have been dying to read!!!


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