01 April 2012

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal,Historical.
Publication : April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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?

Ismae is the daughter of death. With a dead mother and a cruel (human) step-father , obviously, she hadn't had an easy childhood. Finally, after being forced into marrying an old, ugly and perverted man by her (step) father, Ismae is rescued and taken to the convent of Saint Mortain, the patron saint of Death. It's not really a convent though, it's more of a cover to hide the activities that really go on there, which is, girls like Ismae getting trained to be assassins and follow Saint Mortain's wishes.

This is what Ismae has wanted her whole life - to be accepted and have a sense of purpose - and things are going great until she gets an assignment that makes her question everything she's learned at the convent.

I need happy endings. Sure, sometimes I can admire/appreciate the shocking, tragic end of a book that makes you want to fling it across the room and yet it's what makes the book memorable. However, given a choice, I'd without a doubt pick the one with a happy ending. When I started reading Grave Mercy, I remember thinking "There's no way this is going to end well.". I mean, she's a daughter of Death and trained to kill people, nothing good could possibly come from that.

However, I was wrong. Sure,Grave Mercy was dark and also strangely haunting with all that talk about death but in an awesome, can't-stop-reading way. Anyone who follows my blog would know that I love historical novels revolving around royal politics and court drama and Grave Mercy has found a spot as one my favorites in the genre.

LaFevers' writing is incredibly descriptive and rich. Grave Mercy has a unique and unforgettable plot and is a definite must-read for fans of historical, action-packed stories.

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  1. Good review! I also really enjoyed Grave Mercy. I'm interested to see what the seque holds and learn more about the other sisters at the convent.

  2. I loved this one too. LOL! I had a few moments when I also doubted that this could have a Happily Ever After.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  3. Thanks for the review! I loved Grave Mercy! <3
    Initially I also thought that it would have a not-so-happy ending, though that didn't happen. I liked how the book ended, it wrapped up nicely without some major cliffhanger.

  4. I'm reading this right now, and you're right, things are lookin pretty bleak haha. I'm still loving it though, I can tell it's gonna be amazing. :) Nice review!

  5. This seems to be EVERYWHERE at the minute! I'm really looking forward to eventually getting a copy though - I love assassins, but I also love convents. Slightly contradictory, but there you go :)

    Great review, but now I want to read it even more!

  6. Great review! I put this on my TBR list. I love that the cover says "Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?" Fabulous!

  7. I can't wait to read this book! I feel like I am behind everyone else! And after reading your review (and others) it makes me wan't to read it even more so!!

  8. I didn't expect it to have a happy ending either. I actually thought the ending was quite memorable and really liked it. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  9. What first drew me to wanting to read this book wasthe dress of the girl on the cover. I have always wanted that sort o dress!!! Weird motivation to read huh? But the book sounds cool. I mean a female assassin. Now thats saying there's gonna be some action.

  10. I really want to read Grave Mercy. Too bad I'm broke, and I can't get it at the library :(