Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers Published: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Pages: 560 Series: His Fair Assassin #1 My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
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
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?
My Review:When I bought this book I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was Grave Mercy or The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight two very different books but eventually I decided on Grave Mercy. Why? I have no idea.
story starts out with Ismae escaping from her marriage to the convent
of St. Mortain who is actually her father. She's trained to be an
assassin for the God of Death. The nuns at the convent expect blind
loyalty to St. Mortain and Ismae shows that...at first. Her first
assignment goes perfectly but on her second assignment Gavriel Duval
finds her after she successfully kills her target. The convent and the
chancellor both suspect that Duval is a traitor and they want Ismae to
prove it. Ismae poses as Duval's mistress at court and while there she
finds that even the convent can make mistakes.
I found the
beginning of the book kind of annoying. I wanted to read this book so I
could read about assassin nuns but three years go by in a matter of
pages and you don't get to really read what goes on during Ismae's
training. She spends most of her time at court and I spent most of my
time trying to remember who was who and what their jobs were.
was a weird character. One moment she was an assassin and the next she
would be as scared as a deer. That just doesn't make much sense to me.
She knew how to kill grown men but if they so much as touched her she
jumped. That doesn't sound like an assassin to me but I could be wrong.
did love her relationship with Duval. Actually I basically just loved
Duval. Duval and Ismae don't really acknowledge that they love each
other until near the end of the book but everyone around them seems to
already know that they love each other. Typical love but I still liked
One of my favorite quotes from the book was actually at the end and Duval said it: “Whenever
you are ready, or if you never are, my heart is yours, until Death do
us part. Whatever that may mean when consorting with one of Death’s
handmaidens.” I nearly cried.
I didn't have many
complaints about this book but I didn't love it. I don't normally like
the old English way the characters speak but that actually didn't bother
me as much as I thought it would.