School of Deaths : The Scythe Wielder's Secret

  • by Christopher Mannino
  • Narrated by Joel Froomkin
  • Series: The Scythe Wielder's Secret
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail. Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who enslave a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons. Caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths, Suzie must uncover the reason she's been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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an unusual take on the Grim Reaper

What did you like best about School of Deaths? What did you like least?

I liked the surprising worldbuilding for this story. The Grim Reapers aren't actually dead, just abducted kids. That's weird.


Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Mannino? Why or why not?

I would like to know what the other groups in this universe want, and what the "living" scythes really do when they reap someone.


What about Joel Froomkin’s performance did you like?

I thought the performance was pretty good. There were a couple occasions where I missed a change from dialog to narration or vice versa.


Was School of Deaths worth the listening time?

I think the mysteries are intriguing, and I liked the strong female protagonist.


Any additional comments?

I got a little tired of the torments and callousness of the school staff and activities, which seemed unnecessary during most the story, but were a little more understandable when the school's background was explained at the end.

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- Krista Gimeno

The adventure of a Death-time.

I really liked this book and wasn't sure when I began... I was worried it would be another kind of Harry Potter/Hunger Games knock-off...but it's got great characters and some really interesting world building. Susie is whisked away from her high-school existence to the School of Deaths - the first female to be chosen in memory. The voicing is excellent - the narrator does a great job creating a credible female lead without resorting to cliche and the other voices are clear and really well performed. It's a theatrical reading that has a lot of energy and brings out the magic and mystery of the world. Imagine Harry Potter meets Dead Like Me and you're on the right track. I was impressed, cared about the characters and look forward to book two.
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- Comet22

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2016
  • Publisher: Christopher Mannino