Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?
AWESOME ASSASSIN WOMEN.
That is what Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is about. But this book deals with one awesome assassin woman in particular: Ismae.
The first in the “His Fair Assassin series,” this book takes place during the 15th century, but trust me: this girl isn’t milking any cows or changing diapers. She’s executing men.
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?
Although it’s a thick book, I ravished it in no time. Ismae was a good and strong heroine, though not particularly sassy or prickly, which I found I kind of liked. She was the perfect compromise between the doormat and the overly independent heroine. Even though I grew to like Ismae, I didn’t find myself in love with her. And that was actually something I found I quite liked. Why?
Because it gave me more room to appreciate the story line.
I’ve found that, a lot of the time, if a character dominates the story too much, if the story is focused too much on the character’s remarks and attitude and thoughts, it can overshadow what’s actually happening in the story. I’ve also realized that sometimes I may like the character more than I like the book.
Robin LaFevers gave me the perfect balance between a character that kicked serious ass, and a story line that was intriguing and original.
If you like badass characters, a sexy male lead (but really, who doesn’t?) and are looking for something other than the dystopian world rebel, I would recommend Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.