Published: April 3rd, 2012
Genres: YA, Historical, Fantasy
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?
GRAVE MERCY was a dark spine-chilling, highly thrilling, and intensely beautiful adventure! I was captivated by this story, and the struggles that the characters had to go through. I was quickly swept into this engaging world until the very end!
Robin LaFevers has exceeded my expectations with GRAVE MERCY on soooo many levels. She delivered a complex world, with a fiercely strong heroine, with conspiracies and plots, lies and deceptions, and determined side characters with plenty of personality and charisma to have you yearning for more!
Ismae Rienne was sired by the God of Death himself. At birth, her mother had tried to have her expelled from her womb, but ultimately failed. Now, fourteen years later, Ismae lives with her "so called father," and endures his harsh words and even harder hands. She has no choice but to accept his treatment, for who would help the daughter of death? All who see her, shun her, all who hear of her, degrade her, and all who know her, hate her. She is unworthy of the air she breaths, at least that is until someone out there thinks she is worthy. And that is when Ismae's life changes....
Finally, her calling is revealed, and she is saved from having to endure the wrath of the husband her father has sold her too. She is whisked away to the convent of St. Mortain, where she will serve her God of Death, and live out his wishes by caring out his will of death. She will be trained in all the arts of killing a man, in which she finds there is many ways to do...
Three Years Later...
Blessed with her death kissed gifts from the God of Death, her quick witted mind, and all the training the convent has instilled in her. Ismae is finally ready to step foot outside the convent to carry out her gods wishes, to finally kill a man...
But Ismae finds that their is more to this world then she's been trained to think. She has made her vow that the Duchess she serves and the God she worships will always come first. But what of her heart? Is that to be forbidden what it yearns?
Ismae is thrust into a dangerous world at court where she's been assigned by the convent to identify the trader that is aiding the French eager to turn the tides of the oncoming war. But her convent insist that they've already found the trader. And it just so happens to be the same man that not only has befriended her, but has also stolen her heart. She knows that he is not the trader. She feels it with every ounce of her soul. But with no proof and no other solid suspect, she fears the order may come, and if it does, will she be able to carry out her gods will? Or... is it even her gods will she is upholding?
All these questions come to the surface as Ismae unravels the web of lies, deception and traitorous behavior to find the trader, keep the Duchess safe, all while trying to uphold her convents orders. But the orders are starting to collide with her heart, and she knows that the orders are thriving off misinformation. But with a vow she's made to never question the wishes of her god, how can she possibly not follow orders?
Ismae will have to determine who can be trusted, and who is worth killing. Because someone in the Duchess inner circle is the trader. But who, is the ultimate goal she will have to face. And when it comes down to it, will she be able to trust her convent, or her heart?
GRAVE MERCY was an absolutely AMAZING book!! I loved every single thing about it! If you haven't read it yet, please don't be like me and wait years before you finally decide to pick it up. I was kicking myself for waiting so long!
Overall, GRAVE MERCY was a powerful, pulse racing, hands shaking, thrilling adventure, that was more then I could of predicted. With it's powerful political intrigue, and strongly fierce characters, GRAVE MERCY is one to keep you up late, demanding just one more chapter. I would HIGHLY recommend GRAVE MERCY to anyone!!!