Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: Young Adult, Historical
Source: Personal Collection
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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? -via GoodReads
What I Loved: Robin LeFevers does a fantastic job with Grave Mercy! I love stories set in historical settings especially when they are carried out so greatly. Ismae is a great leading character and from the beginning you feel the need to cheer her on. Grave Mercy contained all sorts of exciting elements. There were the old gods that must be worshiped in secret, courtly intrigue and an unexpected love. one of the best parts of Grave Mercy for me is that I didn’t figure out who was behind all the bad things happening at the court until Ismae did.
What I Could Have Lived Without: To be honest I have no complaints. Grave Mercy was a great read and one I encourage everyone to try.
Recommended For: Readers who enjoy historical fiction with a pinch of romance and mystery.
Avoid If: Historical fiction isn’t your taste. (Even then I’d suggest giving it a try.)