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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?
©2015 Christopher Thomas Mannino (P)2016 Christopher T. Mannino
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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily Pennington on 09-07-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary-Jean on 08-12-16

Captivating Read!

This was a great book, a really captivating read throughout! As with the first book, the world was captivating and we were able to learn more about the history of Deaths, dragons, and elementals, which I found interesting. The characters have really grown up and I was glad that we got to follow Frank and Billy (Will...) as point of view characters as well as Suzie (Susan...). The names in brackets are what they "change" their names too, which took a while for me to get used to for Suzie, actually, it took until the last chapter of the book, but Will was an easy change for me. I especially liked how we got to see the world of the elementals via Frank's point of view, and also about Frank's inner struggle with his growing power. I thought it was really well done how the power was personified as a wolf that would talk to him and try to sway him to use it. Similar to this was Susan's power with the bracelet/Grim/Caladbald (not sure about spelling since I listened to the audio) that spoke to her in her mind. Probably the bracelet and its powers were the highlight of the book for me, and learning more about them in Susan's visions and dreams. The reapings that they went on were also fun to go through, especially as some of them became dangerous.
The only things I didn't enjoy were the large number of dreams (though as I said above, I did like them, but just found them too much) as well as the focus on Susan's relationship with Will and other boys. I would have liked more focus to be on the adventure, and I found this often dragged it down. And as for relationships: I was really hoping for Susan and Frank to be together - not that I don't like Will, but I like Frank so much more and I think he and Susan would be better for each other. But in any case, there's always book 3 :)
Also, the end of the book was great (though I won't give away any spoilers) and definitely sets things up for an interesting book 3!

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