Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers [Review]

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)5 out of 5 Robots!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Release: April 3rd, 2012
Hardcover: 549 Pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I loved Grave Mercy! Lady Assassins! Court Intrigue!  What more could you ask for? Grave Mercy takes place at the end of the 15th century and stars Ismae, a young girl who flees an abusive marriage and becomes a Sister of St. Mortain, the old Breton God of Death.  She learns to become an assassin there and is sent on ordained “missions” to take out traitors to the Brittany crown.  She becomes involved with Gavriel Duval, a member of the Brittany court. Ismae has to go undercover and pose as his mistress in court, a thought she thoroughly hates.  She enters into a court that is under siege both from within and without.  

I found Grave Mercy to be very exciting - I was really kept on my toes the whole time.  And I really liked the character. Ismae is a great. She is fiesty and proud, but also caring and loyal.  Her relationship with Duval was one of my favorite parts of the book.  They start out with a mutual distrust and over time it develops into something more.  I liked that the romance develops slowly and is based on more than just “love at first sight”.  

I highly recommend Grave Mercy!  I devoured the book in record time and I think you will too!

The second book, Dark Triumph, is due out in April!  I can't wait!


  1. Great review! I really enjoyed Grave Mercy too. I can't wait to read Dark Triumph in April. :)

  2. Well, I read so many good things about Grave Mercy and I think that I am starting to like historical fiction. I hated it at first, but now, there are so many good stuff that I can't help but fall in love with them.
    I love assassin-related stories and this one looks exhilarating! THIS will be on the top of my TBR list.
    LOVED your review,
    Your new reader,

  3. I'm so happy when I hear someone loved this book. It was amazing! Everything was so exciting and such a new idea to YA books. I loved the relationship between Ismae and Duval as well, it was adorable. I'm so excited for Dark Triumph!

  4. Soma, historical fiction can be a lot of fun if you take it all with a grain of salt or the writer doesn't spend the whole time showing off how much research they've done. LOL.

    Andrea, ME TOO! I guess its from Sybella's point of view. I was kind of against it until I read Kristin Cashore's Graceling series and now I can kind of get behind it. :)



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