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A teenage assassin. An impossible choice. The fate of everything hangs in the balance…

Sixteen-year-old Reen swore she’d never take another life. Divinely selected to assassinate a few in order to save many, she learned to jump from shadow to shadow and claim her victims without question… until she was ordered to kill the boy she loved. But when an ancient plague returns
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Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published November 15th 2019 by Fantastically Minded
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Holly Ryanne
The author was kind enough to send me this book in return for my honest opinion. :)

Death Warden follows sixteen year old Reen in current time as she tries to find the source of the Scourge (a disease that turns people into monsters) and two years prior as she struggles to come to terms with being a Death Warden.

When I first started this, I was very confused by the terminology and the jumping of time. After about 5-10% into the book, I started to really get into it. While reading this, you
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Margaret Pagington
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There was something about the description (blurb) for Death Warden that made me hesitant to pick it up, but even still, I kept coming back to it every time I needed a new book. After about the fifth time, I figured that meant there was some reason I had to read it. Afterwards, I figured it probably had to do with the religious notes in the blurb, but this ended up not being an issue at all.

Regardless of my issues with the blurb, I am so glad I ended up grabbing this in the end. This book had
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Dax Munro
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
~Intro

Death Warden, by C. J. Shilling is an Epic Fantasy novel, which was published in November, 2019.
The story follows Reen, a young woman who is desperate to have a normal life after becoming a Death Warden at a young age. Sick of her dark duties which have her questioning her role in life,
Reen begins to neglect her duties, leading to grim, unforeseen consequences.

Throughout the story, we learn about Reen’s past and how she came to be a Death Warden.
It was easy to empathize with her
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Nina
“Sometimes, the kind of power we wield can corrupt the heart.”


If there's one thing I can gush over about this book, it's how perfectly structured it is to hook an unsuspecting reader from page one and yank them along all the way to the final page, sleep and chores be damned. This is exactly what it did to me.

Alternating its narratives between the present and the past, Death Warden effectively builds its story up with enough tension and mystery to keep me engaged, intrigued, and tied down to
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Valicity Garris
3.5 Stars An Interesting Adventure

Well, I’ve always loved reading and reviewing good Christian fiction for The Rebel Christian —that is my passion after all. Unfortunately, I can’t say this book was good Christian fiction; it was simply good fiction.

I was presented with Death Warden with a fair warning that it was not overtly Christian, so I went into this adventure with my eyes wide open and a promise to be fair and unbiased while I read. I am very vocal about my passion towards openly
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Danielle
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-finished
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of Death Warden for free through Booksirens in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Death Warden is a coming-of-age story about a young girl's struggle to accept the enormous responsibility forced upon her by the Life Giver. We see Reen through her first months as a Death Warden -- in a time where Death Wardens are dropping like flies -- and alternate with present-day Reen, a few years later.

Y'all, this poor girl has been through so much loss and heartache. I
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Holly
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book started off really slow the first 100-150 pages and I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it. But after a while the story really started to pick up and once I got used to the world and the intricate details and politics I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the fact that it jumped back and forth a lot was a little jarring but it was interesting to learn about the backstory and how they characters and world ended up as it did.
Reen as a character was what kept me invested in the story
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Patricia
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reen is a special soul at sixteen she is selected to assassinate a few in order to save the many . She learned to jump from shadow to shadow and kill without mercy until the day she is suppose to kill the boy she loves . Then when an ancient disease threatens to take lives she resumes her killing . She must track down and kill those responsible . Will she be able to defend her realm without loosing herself in the process .
There are so many characters in this book . They are all well written
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Melissa Geter
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I know most people see a 3 star review and immediately think negatively. For me, however, a 3 star isn't bad. Just wanted to get that out there.

This book follows Reen, a young Death Warden who is assigned people to kill through her custodian, who follows the Life Giver's will.

Sounds a tad confusing right? To be honest it kind of was at first, but as I read on, I began to understand more and it's all a pretty interesting premise. I had some difficulty with this book in the beginning, as you're
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T. S. Mart
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
C. J. Stilling dives right into the action in this fantasy thriller as fourteen-year-old Reen is swept into a world she only knew as legend. Main characters jump off the page, fully developed and alive, each with distinct personalities. Alongside Reen, readers get to experience what it means to become a death warden and feel the burden of being forced to do something they don’t want to do. Along the way, Reen learns some important lessons about love, life, and her value within the Life-Giver’s ...more
Annie Lima
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting story with some unique concepts and great worldbuilding. I enjoyed the setting, with its well-developed history, culture, and even unique weather patterns. And while death is a central theme of the book, I appreciated that the author didn't glorify it - it's presented as tragic, horrible, distasteful, and very difficult for the young girl who is forced to inflict it on others. Having said that, things do get quite violent and gory toward the end. I thought it was interesting ...more
Paula Ptomey
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Death Warden by CJ Stilling follows Reen, one of the youngest Death Wardens even chosen by the Life Givers. Reen hates her calling and what she has had to do. In trying to escape she has ran to a seaside town with a friend, Cron. Shortly after arriving she finds out the Scourge is alive and well. Now she must work with a local acarnist and her grandson, without falling in love with the grandson, to find out who and how the Scourge has been released.

This is a great story! The characters are very
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Joey Paul
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because of both the cover and the blurb. I went into it knowing that it would be an interesting read and I wasn't disappointed. Reen was an amazing character and as the story moved from past to present, you got a very rounded view of what had brought her to that point in her life. Chosen to be a death warden, forced to kill even though she doesn't want to, Reen is given a choice when she finally finds a way to end the visions, a tale of life, loss, love and more, and an ...more
Erin Figueiredo
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thrilling Story!

This is thrilling and really great story overall! The characters are very realistic, relatable and complex. The world building and storytelling is incredible and you really feel like you are in the story with each character. The story takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with Reen a young Death Warden. You feel her pain, sorrow, joy and happiness throughout.

Highly enjoyed this story and look forward to more.
Natalie
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a YA Fantasy Novel and it's a good one.

Its abit slow at the beginning and I thought I couldnt continue with it but by page 10p or so it started picking up the pace.

It brought the action and the thrills and it was enjoyable all throughout.

The character and world building is described really well and throws you in with your imagination going wild.


Deven K
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Stillings’ work. He does a great job at world building and offering characters that are both complex and realistic. This is a great read and I look forward to more of his work in the future.
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