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Guest Review - Grave Mercy

Monday, May 28, 2012
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
by Robin LaFevers

5 stars: Recommended
Publication: April 3, 2012
Pages: 549
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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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?

Escaping from the brutality of an arranged marriage, seventeen- year- old Ismae finds sanctuary at 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 an handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must be willing to take the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany, where she must pose as mistress to the darkly mysterious Gavriel Duval , who has fallen under a cloud of suspicion. Once there, she finds herself woefully underprepared – not only for the deadly games of love and intrigue, 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?

When I first picked this book up from the local library, I was a little skeptical about how predictable the plot line would be and if I could really connect with any of the characters. However, I was quite mistaken, I soon fell in love with Ismae and especially the ruggedly handsome Gavriel and his dysfunctional family. Grave Mercy is all told from Ismae’s point of view and is as much about her personal growth as it is about saving the kingdom. Coming from a father and then a husband that beat her because of what she was and escaping to a female order of assassins trained to kill “bad” men, only solidifies Ismae’s hatred of men. Then Ismae and Gavriel are unwillingly thrown together to save Brittany and its Duchess, challenging her misconceptions about her world. Ismae’s narrative has wonderful depth as you see her struggle to find out what truly is right. However this is only one facet of the dark mysterious adventure that is Grave Mercy. I highly enjoyed this book, and it’s fast paced narrative kept me hooked. I would tell you more about the story, but I don’t want to spoil this addictively gripping book for anyone interested.

Guest Review by Christy S.
3 comments on "Guest Review - Grave Mercy"
  1. I really liked this book too although I was nervous going in due to all of the hype. I especially liked the mix of action-adventure, court intrigue, magic, and romance into one gripping story. Can't wait for the sequel!

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  2. This is one of my favorite books. I like you was a little unsure at first. But it was magical and fast paced and kept me interested. Great review.

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  3. @Bookworm1858: Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I can't wait for the sequel either!

    @Jenea: I adore this book as well :)

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