Monday, May 26, 2014

Audio Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Book: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
By: Robin LaFevers
Published: April 3, 2012
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: Grave Mercy is a Story about Ismae, a girl who has had a rough time in life because she;s seen as the daughter of death since her mother tried to poison her from her belly before she was born, and yet she was still born. Everyone is afraid of her, and men beat her. Then, on her dreaded wedding day, she's taken to a covenant of St. Mortain where she's trained to be an assassin.

She's a great assassin, until her assignment becomes a bit more difficult and interesting. She must deal with lies and deceit and is unable to determine how to handle it. Meanwhile, her horrible feelings toward men are slowly going away.

I enjoyed reading it, though I must say Ismae seems a bit too trusting. Often, it was extra obvious who the villain was in a particular situation, and yet, she didn't seem to see it, or overlooked it. It was ridiculous. Still, it was a pretty great read, once I got past being annoyed at how dense Ismae was at times. For that reason, I give this one 3 stars. it was great, but some of the characters were just a little too unbelievable.


Lan said...

This one has gotten so many good reviews I'm a little afraid to read it in case I end up being that lone person who dislikes it. Glad to see you enjoyed it despite the unbelievable characters. I often feel like a lot of characters are supposed to have trust issues but then they becomes friends with strangers way too quickly. But then again I am a real cynic so I'm probably a bad judge of this kind of thing!

Hyacinth Marius said...

Fantasy at its finest, this book is an addictive mix of high fantasy and historical fiction. A win/win for all! Fierce and powerfully gothic, this heroine is one you can cheer for as she finds wholeness and love through the dark art of death. A brilliant romance, a gripping plot. GRAVE MERCY aims to please.
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