#Review : Swords of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

Swords of Deaths Book Cover Swords of Deaths
The Scythe Wielder's Secret, #2
Christopher Mannino
Fantasy & Paranormal
Muse It Up Publishing
January 20th, 2015


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?

My Thoughts

This was another great installment in this trilogy. For some reason, these books just fly by so fast. I had two hours yesterday morning before work and managed to read almost half of the book in that time. Same with the first book in the trilogy. I guess that sounds average, but i read super slow and usually get distracted after 15 minutes. I think this is because of how interesting the story is and how fast the pacing is. There isn’t much in the story that gets boring. Every scene has a purpose and i think that keeps me moving along pretty fast.

The characters in this second book are awesome. Some of the characters from book one have not returned but some have and there are many new characters. For our main characters, i think they all grew a lot in book two. There are a few instances with each character that i recognized as being much more mature than book one. Both books span about a year a piece, so the end of book two is roughly two years after the start of book 1 & i really think you can tell that by the growth in each character.

The story line continues from right after book one. I remember thinking in book one that the story maybe be leading to something particular and i was correct, sort of. It definitely had more surprises than i expected and some things were just a shock…like the roommate. From the story in this book and the ending, i think i know what the last book holds, and i’m super excited to check it out later this month.

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    Christopher Mannino

    Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet. He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance and production drama groups. He spends his summers writing and singing. Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.

    Christopher’s debut novel School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret, Book 1) was published in May 2014 by MuseItUp Publishing. The second book in the trilogy, Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret, Book 2), was published in August 2015. The third book Daughter of Deaths is expected to be released in 2016. His series has received rave reviews and been compared to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

    Christopher’s wife Rachel Mannino is also an author. She writes romance books. To learn more, go to

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