When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.
But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.
As a child prodigy, Ileni had received plenty of training to become a powerful sorceress. But when tests revealed that she was losing her magical power, she knew her life was over. No one would care if she died, as she was no longer useful. So, when the Elders sent her as a magic tutor to live among the assassins, she went, believing she’d be killed once the assassins found her expendable. Would her life be really over?
Probably because of what Ileni went through prior to being sent to live among the assassins, I found her bitter and a little too angry at first. She wasn’t reckless but because she could no longer feel much of the magical power that she once had, she chose to bury her true personality under the burden of her shame and frustration. It wasn’t until she started learning more about the life of the assassins that she began to question about what she could actually do with her own life.
I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to comment much on her transformation (as I believe it’s best that you find out on your own) but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to elaborate a bit by saying that Ileni was smart and strong. From the ways she dealt with the assassins, I could see how truly dangerous she could be if she had never lost her magical power. I honestly wouldn’t want to be on her wrong side as once she hated a person, she would direct all her anger at him. From what I’d gathered, I guess I could say Ileni had a knack for danger. She wasn’t as powerless as she seemed and those who underestimated her often ended up d**d if not fighting for their lives.
Personally, I think I’d find the story more engaging if more details about the world of sorcery were being offered but overall, I enjoyed the element of mystery.
I look forward to discovering more about the world of sorcerers and assassins in book two.