Title: Grave Mercy
Series: His Fair Assassin # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Historical/Fantasy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“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?”
When I read the first page, I was done for. Never in my life have I been so captivated by merely the first words on the first page. This book is by far my favorite read of 2012.
The one thing that captured me the most is the character. I loved the redemption in her. She was thrown down, beaten, and misused, yet she grew stronger silently on the inside biding her time. I love that despite what was happening around her, she knew vengeance would be hers. Ismae is my new fave gal. She fierce, strong and someone I would love to be.
The plot of this book is also dynamic. I loved how the author captures the readers where her life is spiraling downward, then picks up to something new. With every new chapter, Ismae grows more. She learns the secrets of the covenant, weapons and stealth.
I’m not sure what else to say other than this book totally rocks. Ismae fights strong and knows who she is. There are several other kick-butt characters that take this story to a whole new level of awesomeness!
Grave Mercy is a powerful start to an amazing series to come. Grave Mercy is compelling yet addicting. The brilliant writing of Robin LaFevers pulls the reader to a world of betrayal and action. Grave Mercy is a must read!
I give it 5 BITES!