Sword of Deaths : The Scythe Wielder's Secret

  • by Christopher Mannino
  • Narrated by Joel Froomkin
  • Series: The Scythe Wielder's Secret
  • 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the only female Death. Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet, something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.
Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?

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Good second book.

Following on from what happened in book 1, Suzie is finally settling in at the school and feeling like not everyone hates her. There are still some who hate her and there are still some who give her grief, but for the most part, they have finally realised that she is the only girl in their world!! She's getting into her stride and even seems to be mastering the use of the Scythe, well sort of. Anyway, this edition sees boats that are carrying the precious metal that makes their scythes being attacked and burned. Most think it's the elementals but Suzie and her friends have a feeling that it is the Dragons. What follows is a journey to discover the truth, to discover what the dreams she's having are for and to find out what is the first scythe?

I loved book one and eagerly dived into this, in all honesty, I'm still not sure what I think. On the one hand, we have the same amazing world as the first, we have the gang back and ready for anything and we have a well paced and entertaining read, but on the other, we have a book that seems to have a bazillion love interests for Suzie! I still don't know for sure sure who she is with!! I know she is the only girl death but still, I lost count of who wanted to be with her and I felt like Suzie was leading a lot of the boys on.

We see quite a few different POVs in this one and that's both a good and bad thing. Good because we see into the minds of other characters and bad because it was hard to follow who was talking at any given time and that was due to the narrator, which I'll get to in a minute. The world is still as richly detailed and interesting as the first and I still found myself captivated by the authors style. The characters are well written and developed and you find yourself becoming invested in their journey.

In all, this is a really good second book. It sets the scene for an epic final battle and you just know it's going to be explosive. Thoroughly enjoyable and imaginative book and one I recommend!

Now onto the narrator. While he had a wide variety of tones and voices, I just felt like he was monotone for a lot of the book. I wanted more tenseness and for him to create a better sense of the book. I still enjoyed the book and look forward to the final one.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Powerful Heroine and Strong Friendships!!

What made the experience of listening to Sword of Deaths the most enjoyable?

This was the second book in this trilogy. Suzie is now a second year student and knows her way around. She is stronger and more confident. She has great tests of her courage coming soon, but her friends support her and prepare her for what she will have to face.


Who was your favorite character and why?

It's difficult to pick just one favorite; but that would have to be Suzie herself. She is strong and brave, filled with compassion and caring for others. I see her growing in each book, and she is someone I would be proud to call a friend. You can trust her. She has your back whenever you need her!


Which character – as performed by Joel Froomkin – was your favorite?

I loved the accent the narrator used for Frank. He was good with all, but that one particularly drew me in.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moving portions of the story for me were her relationships with her friends and certain teachers. Strong bonds develop among all of them. Friendship is so important throughout the storyline.


Any additional comments?

Christopher Mannino is a wonderful storyteller. I hope he continues writing these tales for us all to enjoy! This has been and continues to be a delightful experience!

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- Emily Pennington "TabbyCat"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2016
  • Publisher: Christopher Mannino