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Grave Mercy

Robin LaFevers
Book Rating: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)

About This Book

Part 1 of the His Fair Assassin series

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?




Amazing plot and the fierce characters

The novel, "Grave Mercy" by Robin LaFevers can be found on Hoopla and is a phenomenal book. It is part one of the "His Fair Assassin" series and is a great start to the series. Each novel is in the perspective of a different assassin from the coven. This novel is in the perspective of Ismae, who escaped to the coven of St. Mortain, the god of Death, when she was seventeen to escape a brutal marriage. She was accepted as the daughter of Mortain and was trained to be an assassin for Mortain. She learned to use her ability to withstand any poison and hone her abilities for the time when she would receive missions from Mortain. Each handmaiden of Death has the ability to spot Death's mark, which is a black stain on the person's soul that indicates where the handmaiden should kill them, on their targets. Ismae's most important mission is being an undercover spy in the court of Brittany in order to protect and help the young Duchess. She is sent there to kill any threats to the crown by posing as a member of the court.
I would rate the novel 4 out of 5 stars for its amazing plot and the fierce characters in it. LaFevers did a spectacular job keeping her readers on the edge of their seats and made it difficult for readers to put the book down. I would recommend this book for teenagers who enjoy dystopian books featuring adventure with saving the world themes.

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