Nov 16, 2014

Review: Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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?


The book started off pretty quickly with distress and a bad situation for poor Ismae. I was lured to read on to figure out who had bothered to rescue her, and by the time we reached the assassin nuns I was pretty interested in where this could go. How could I not be interested in a gal who Death Himself had blessed with gifts. She felt useful, had a purpose, all sounds good....

Enter the handsome and honorable man . . . Doesn't that always throw the story? At least the attraction was a slow one with many verbal jabs and tension as she fumbled her way through a mission at court with the "higher ups".

There were some slow spots, but I didn't mind so much, because the spots seemed to either lead to understanding Ismae or graze one of the multiple plots that continued to come about. Who done it, who is doing it, ok it's coming from every direction . . .

I enjoyed the read largely because of our lady nun assin's eagerness in constantly wanting to kill someone & be done. HAHA.

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