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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sword of Deaths by Christopher Mannino | Book Review

This book was awesome! If you liked the first one get this one and join the characters for some more adventures. The first book "School of Deaths" was really good. Okay with that out of the way I do have one beef with this book even though it was great. 

I loved this book, but not the ending. It ends with a huge cliffhanger. There is very little resolution, and it leaves you in the middle of the story. That's fine for the end of a chapter, but not the end of a book. There were loose story strings left dangling that should have been tied up. It feels like a cheap way to get you to read the next book where as the first book wrapped up in a good place and resolved a lot of things. I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars, but I gave it 4 because of the cliffhanger ending. Don't get me wrong, it was awesome and I can't wait to read the next one, but that's not how you end a book. Not cool man, not cool. :) Other than that it was just as good as the first book and was a really fun read that I still highly recommend.

You get to know the main character, Susan Sarnio, and her friends a lot more. They are tested even harder and face bigger challenges than in the first book. Mannino does a great job of raising the steaks a ton in this novel. A new school year starts up and with it come new characters and new adventures. Also there is a little romance in this book that wasn't there in the first one. I really liked the new characters and how they interacted with the ones I already knew from the last book. New powers are revealed, for more than one character, and that was really fun to see. Also we get to meet dragons up close and personal! I loved that. I also liked how we were introduced to new places in the land of deaths. 

The steaks are raised to the point in this book where the actions of the characters could change history. This made for a really exciting story—I just wish I could have gotten the whole story in this book instead of reading to the start of the climax just to have the book end on me.

The scenes where they play their sport with scythes called Boskery were really fun and well done. There were also many scenes in this book where they explore places other than the school in the world of deaths. Those scenes were awesome.

I'm excited to read the next book in the series, and even though I think it was a cheap trick to leave us hanging with the ending I really enjoyed this book.

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