Title: School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1)
Author: Christopher Mannino
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing
Page Number: 244
Source: Review for Author
Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?
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 subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.
As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.
3 out of 5 stars
I got asked to review this book by the publisher, and am glad that I read it! It’s been a while since I read a fantasy, and a fantasy from a new world. I always love diving into new worlds, especially in fantasy. I really enjoyed this book, and the premise was different from anything I’ve read.
Suzie Sarnio is thrown into a world of Deaths, and has to go to school to become a Death. They have an option of going home, but only if they pass the final exam. Everyone is there for a year guaranteed, and then if they pass the test, they can leave to see their families again. Suzie is thinking of this every single day of being in this world. Another reason she wants to go home is because she is the first female Death to be in the world since a million years before. Everyone believes it is a man’s world, so she gets bullied quite a bit at the beginning. She ends up finding friends with the boys that she has to stay with, and enjoys a few of her classes designed to train her to become a successful Death.
I really liked this concept because I’ve not read anything about Grim Reaper-esque characters. I also thought it was an interesting twist Mannino put into the story by having Elementals. Elementals are hated by the Deaths, but they have special abilities, and it was pretty cool to read about that. The reason I didn’t give this book a four star was because it’s really difficult for me to relate to younger main characters. Suzie was thirteen, and I couldn’t think of anything but that whilst reading this book. The story was cool, I just wish they were older teenagers. I love reading books about teenagers ages 16-19; it’s easier to relate to.
I would recommend this book because it is a different feel, and the writing style flows nicely. Huge thanks to Christopher Mannino and his publisher! I really enjoyed reading this, and am excited to pick up the next one in the series :)