Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: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?
My Thoughts: Why, oh Why Did I wait so long to start this series? I really enjoyed Grave Mercy!
We are introduced to Ismae who is living at a convent now. Its not just any convent though. Its where women are trained to fight and kill men, whatever means possible.
Ismae knows this is her calling. She doesn’t see herself becoming a lady, one who marries and has children; playing the part of a housewife. She knows she’s meant for more than that.
Ismae gets some important missions and the first few go smoothly but then a mysterious man appears. I loved Duval! He made the story much more interesting and gave me a romantic interest to look forward too.
Ismae is badass. She’s tough and she knows when she has a mission, she must complete it. But she also has a heart. She tries to see things as they are and not to make mistakes by hurting the wrong person even if she is supposed too.
I loved the plot of this one. Even though it is kind of historical, I never really felt like it was. It was beautiful and thrilling and action filled. I don’t want to say much about this one. A lot of people have already read it and for those who haven’t, I highly suggest it!
Overall: Loved the characters and the plot. Loved how things played out. I thought this was such a good novel and even though its really long, I finished it within a few days. It sucked me right in! Can’t wait to read the next one in the series!
Cover: Like it! If I saw it in the store, I’d definitely pick it up! You can tell you shouldn't mess with this girl!
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