by Robin LaFevers
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3, 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Grave Mercy is the first novel in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. With a touch of danger and suspense Grave Mercy is an exciting introduction to this series.
Seventeen-year-old Ismae has lived a harsh life with her abusive father. The abuse will continue now that she has been forced into an arrange marriage. After a brutal attack on her wedding night she flees to the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters serve the god of Death. Ismae takes on a new life with the sisters and is trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. But Ismae is given an important assignment that takes her far away from the convent and into the royal courts of Brittany. She is thrust into the political games and must determine on her own who she can trust.
On her mission she must work with the mysterious Duval. But Grave Mercy is all about Ismae, the courageous heroine. She has the skills to kill but instead of following the orders that is given her she follows her conscience. Ismae takes it upon herself to find the truth. It was refreshing to see a character grow from a victim that becomes a pawn and ultimately into a strong and independent woman.
Grave Mercy has political intrigue and switching alliances that are inspired from historical events. The author adds her creative touch with the gods that becomes an exciting fantasy detail to the story. This was the first book I read from this author and I enjoyed everything about this book. There is action, conspiracy and romance that will keep you entertained and unable to put the book down.
I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction fused with fantasy.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Reading Assignment
- COYER Winter 2014-2015