Death warden by C. J. Stilling (Review)

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Here is my review of death warden by C. J. Stilling. Thank you so much for my copy of the book.


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Be good, or the death wardens will come for you. Walls cannot stop them. Blades cannot cut them. They will track you down, and when they find you, they will steal your soul. Reen thought they were only stories meant to scare children.

Then she became one.

Divinely selected to assassinate a few for the good of the many, Reen learns to jump from shadow to shadow and claim her victims without question. For a time, she even finds a sense of family amongst the Haven Isles’ most adept killers—something she’s never had before—though none of them can protect her from the parade of victims that haunt her dreams. If only the nightmares were the worst of her problems.

Someone is hunting God’s killers, and an ancient evil has returned, slowly turning the Isles’ inhabitants into nightmarish creatures. Fighting to stay alive and protect those around her, Reen’s faith is tested as her quest for answers uncovers sinister secrets that shake the foundation of everything she believes until all that remains is the edge of her knife and the certainty that death comes for all.

Can Reen stop the evil before it spreads beyond their borders and overwhelms the world.

My thoughts:

This book started off really slow the first 100-150 pages and I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it. But after a while the story really started to pick up and once I got used to the world and the intricate details and politics I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the fact that it jumped back and forth a lot was a little jarring but it was interesting to learn about the backstory and how the characters and world ended up in the situations that they where in.

Reen as a character was what kept me invested in the story the most. I loved seeing her grow as a character and a person throughout the story. I don’t want to spoil anything but she comes to terms with who she is and what being a death warden means. Her friends play a big part in her acceptance of herself and I loved how she tried to believe in herself the same way that they believed in her.

Whilst I loved Reen I really loved so many of the other characters within this book especially cron, erend and bastien. I stared this book only really staying for reen and stayed for all of the characters in the end and the dynamic between them and reen was great to read about. I was also really surprised by how much I enjoyed reading about her complicated dynamic between reen and Caspari even though I probably shouldn’t of liked him He was an such interesting character to read about.

I would recommend this book to any person who loves a good YA fantasy, political intrigue, romance, complicated friendships, an intriguing plot and intricate world building. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m hoping that C. J. Stilling writes more books!

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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