Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: R.L. LaFevers
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ARC given by the publisher
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?
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Ismae has always believed that she’s a curse after knowing that she was sired by the God of Death himself. She lived a life of misery and hatred, but all that changed when she was given a chance to stay at the convent that serves St. Mortain, the God of death.
This book was absolutely gorgeous and brilliant! Just… WOW! I was completely hooked once I started reading this! R.L LaFevers did a great job building Ismae’s historical, fantasy world. Everything seemed believable and real, and I felt that I’m also there myself, watching the characters come to life. I love the characters, even the minor ones. I can’t help but sympathize with them, especially the young duchess, Anne. At the young age of twelve, she carried the responsibility of protecting Brittany from the clutches of France. Ismae is a strong heroine and I adore her for listening to her own heart for following the path she must choose. She’s an awesome assassin and her gadgets are so cool! I want her bracelet! The way Ismae and Duval’s relationship grew was also sweet. I love how their understanding with each other grew and they really make a good team.
The plot was fast-paced and thrilling that it had me to the edge of my seat. There were deceptions, assassinations, political conflicts and of course, romance. The story is unique and refreshing. I enjoyed every bit of it!
R.L. LaFevers presented the readers with an exhilarating plot with a really strong voice. The characters are unique and likeable in their own way, and the world she built completely sucked me out of reality.
Those who enjoy reading novels with strong heroines, historical settings, awesome assassins and gorgeous dukes and knights will definitely enjoy Grave Mercy.
I give this book 4.5 whales.