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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

 Title: Grave Mercy 

Author: Robin Lafevers

Genre: Historical Romance, YA, Fantasy 

Favorite Quote:“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”  


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?

I require a few things in a book to keep me happy: a kickass heroine, good romance, good supporting characters and an engaging plot. Grave Mercy has all those things and more.

The heroine Ismae is the perfect mixture of badass awesomeness and vulnerable young girl. she has been trained all her life in the art of killing and can handle herself better than most men. But at the same time you see her vulnerable side when she is trying to find her way though court and who she is with out the church to guide her. That is the best part of the book, is to see the change in Isme   from confused young girl to a confident woman. 

The romance was very good. Gavriel is a well developed character and Ismae and him make a very nice couple. I can see why he loves her so much and vis versa. Which is different because in some novels I can't see why couples are attracted to each other. But I do have too complates in the romance department: first I hated that even though she is a highly train assassin she acts like a weak simpleton around Gavriel. I mean come on girl, have some pride! Another thing is that it would have been nice to have more intimate scenes between Ismae and Gavriel it is part romance after all...

I just adored all the supporting characters{My favorite was the Beast he may be ugly but he has a heart of gold!} The plot was fast paced, there was a dull moment here and there but they quickly passed. 

Can't wait for book two!  
   Rating: 5 Roses


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