Review of Hannah Cobb’s ‘Mortis’


Synopsis (from Amazon):

A young assassin must betray all she knows. In an underground school rife with duels and deadly classes, Jane hides in the shadows to stay alive. She is the invisible assassin. But as she prepares to graduate from Mortis and take her place in the world as a fully-trained killer, Jane stumbles over shadowy secrets revealing dark truths that affect more than her world. Will she embrace the darkness, or betray the school that raised her-and the boy she loves? Once Jane sets herself against her school, there is no turning back because in Mortis, failure always means death.

About the Author:

Hannah Cobb lives in Maryland, where she maintains a cover identity as a librarian by day and moonlights as a writer. When she isn’t writing, Hannah enjoys designing elaborate period costumes and collecting swords. Mortis is her first novel.

My Review:

I give Hannah Cobb’s Mortis 4 out of 5 stars.

I have to admit, I had a hard time getting into ‘Mortis’ the first few chapters – it felt a bit much like ‘Harry Potter.’ I had kind of framed a Hogwarts type of world in my mind, but was pleasantly surprised when Mortis (and its surroundings) had a much different and better-developed feel than I expected.  Then Middleground came, and for me, the story took off, and changed what I thought would be a 3-star rating to 4 stars.

Jane is a protagonist who resonates in her journey from mousy and unseen to heroine. (Yay for female characters who do their own fighting!)  Other favorite characters include Nathan the Guard and Horace the cab horse.

I think Cobb does a fantastic job of creating intrigue surrounding Mortis and has quite the compelling cast of characters.  Honestly, what she has done here makes me want to be a better writer.

I can’t wait to see what happens next with Jane and company. (There will be a sequel, right?)