Grave Mercy (His Fair Assasin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Published by:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2012
Hardcover, 549 pages
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?
I couldn’t put this book down for long. I felt like it was such a unique story, set in the late 1400’s while Brittany is still fighting to be independent of France. Most women of those times didn’t hold power to change their fate. While reading, I watched Ismae go from powerless to empowered. She finds that as a “daughter of death”, she is not as she believed, cursed, but blessed with many gifts and abilities, giving her the confidence to become more than a poor, broken girl. She grows to find her voice and decide for herself how she will use this power she holds. The twists and turns that she encounters and the mysteries she has to solve kept me interested and excited to read more. I loved the ending and part of it was a little bit unexpected. I want to get my hands on the next one right away!
This book is not currently on my “favorites” shelf, but I will say it has great promise to be! I want to finish reading the others in the series before I make that final placing. I do know, however, that each of the 3 books to this series will feature the adventure of a different character. So, it is not your typical series and it won’t leave you with a cliff hanger.