Thursday, July 31

Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy
Robin LaFevers
(His Fair Assassin #1)

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-0547628349
Publisher: HMH Books
Date of publication: April 3, 2012
Age: Grades 10 and up
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Themes: Death, devotion, assassins, nobility, politics, betrayal, mercy

Ismae was sired by Death himself, but grew up tormented by her mother's husband. She escapes the brutality of an arranged marriage to take refuge in the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns of the gifts Death has bestowed on her. She trains to be an assassin, doing the god's bidding and delivering justice. Her most important assignment? To investigate the highest court in Brittany, where political maneuvering and intrigue have turned deadly. Completely underprepared, Ismae must determine where her true loyalties lie when her next target is the man she loves.

This book redeemed itself by the end, but holy cow, it was a bit tough to get through in some places. The whole beginning half with her unfailing devotion to the convent came off really sketchy--I was uncomfortable, I'm not going to lie (but maybe that just shows you how good the writing is?). So, in the end, I give it four stars because it ended like it should. And, I REALLY admire the writing style (so formal sounding!) and research that went into it. So well done! Just a creepy story...

Warning: Explicit Content

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