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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

29 March 2012 4 Comments

Grave Mercy (Book I): His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)


Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers, is a novel that showed no mercy on me, or the life I try to keep scheduled in my calendar.  The heart-pounding adventure and tenuous relationships kept me engrossed in the story and rearranging my life to make more time to read.  I could not put this book down, and finished in two days… And, I’m not talking about a weekend, but two work days!  Lots-o-reading = little-sleep!

Ismae, the main character, is marked by death and given many gifts that help her serve her saint and her country.  The medieval setting, mystery, and betrayal made the intricate storytelling by LaFevers more captivating.  I was enraptured with trying to figure out who would be Ismae’s next victim, as well as with trying to figure out who was committing treason against the duchess.  While hidden stilettos and poisonous pearls are intriguing, I found that the male characters, Gavriel, de  Lornay, and Beast enticing.

I am truly looking forward to the next installment (Book 2) of His Fair Asassins: Dark Triumph, coming in Spring 2013.  I give Grave Mercy 5 books on the bookshelf!


Ismae escapes a life of abuse to find herself in a convent, training to be the handmaiden to Death.  She has never known the kindness of another, so taking a life to serve her god seems like her destiny.  Ismae quickly has to learn to trust others and to more importantly trust her own instincts as she begins an assignment that could lead to the fall of her country.  As the daughter of a turnip farmer, she is out of her element in a world full of nobility and grace.  She is devoted to her god and to her assignment, but soon learns that evil is not always what it seems and that love and redemption are powerful gifts.Grave Mercy is the starting place for Robin LaFever’s new series, The Fair Assassin.  Anyone who enjoyed the Julia Grey or Pink Carnation novels will fall in love with this book which combines the intrigue and adventure of the of those series with an added magical edge.  I enjoyed every minute of this novel and look forward to seeing what lies ahead for the Fair Assassins.  4 books on the bookshelf

Book Description:
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?


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