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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder's Secret Book 2) by Christopher Mannino is the second book in a young adult fantasy series. Susan Sarnio is the only female Death. Because of her choice, she spent her first year at the College of Deaths bullied and alone. But when a ship is attacked that was carrying a load of valuable scythe metal, everything goes terribly wrong. Shadows lurk where they don't belong. Dragons circle in the air. Many of the students blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan believes in the Elementals' innocence. She and her friends take it upon themselves to seek the First Scythe and stop the war. But they aren't sure who they can trust and who is the true enemy. They aren't even sure if the scythe is real. They only know the danger of what will happen if they fail.
This is a very engaging book that blurs the lines of science fiction and fantasy beautifully. The mystery is intriguing, the adventures are dangerous, and the characters are colorful. Susan grows and matures a lot in the story and readers will appreciate the growth and change of a well written character. Frank is also a character readers will enjoy getting to know in this story, especially watching him come out of his shell. Even the villains are well written. Scary and evil and dark, but still relatable so that readers will understand their evil motivations. Nice job.