My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Ileni is the only girl living among the secret sect of assassins, deep beneath the caves of their world. Sent by her people to teach them how to wield magic, she must keep her own secret as deep as the caves they live in – her own magic, once powerful, has faded to almost nothing. She’s not even sure the protective spells she weaves around the entrance to her room can keep her safe from her lethally trained students.
And she needs them to work – the two sorcerers sent before her died in mysterious ways, and part of her mission here is to discover what happened to them. If the dark and secretive leader of the assassins knew she were lurking in shadows late at night to discover the truth, her life would be forfeit. Meanwhile, she discovers great magical talent in a few of her students, even though she can only walk them through exercises while she tries to hide her own waning magic from them
With her students growing suspicious and her feelings for the assassin assigned to protect her becoming confusing, Ileni only has so much time before her fate – and the fate of her people – is decided.