Once upon a time, there was a little girl named April. She dreamed about castles and royalty. Then she went away to college where she learned that medieval people were actually kind of gross, but totally bad as. Instead of dreaming in bed, she’d day dream at her desk of relics and miracles and saints. Years passed and she got a goodreads account and eventually a blog. With the rise of ‘debut mania’ she came across the cover and description of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers which looked like an old college day dream in book form — as Grave Mercy set in the medieval era in Brittany and has warrior nuns.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is MY ideal book. I shit you not. Encompassed within are a few ingredients that I find to be irresistible. Such as political maneuvering and INTRIGUE. I know I talk about intrigue in like every review of every fantasy book ever, but it’s like a drug to me, I can’t get enough intrigue. While reading Grave Mercy I was consistently asking myself who is good? Who is bad? PLUS not only is there intrigue, but Grave Mercy has a legit killer plot.
Ismae is a daughter of Mortain, the God of Death. Grave Mercy opens with Ismae marrying this super gross guy and as a reader I’m like OH NO! BUT THEN she’s saved by a priest and sent to this convent which totally does not suck because at the convent she learns how to be an assassin for Mortain. Oh, you all, I just love an assassin – fictional, not in real life, mind you. ANYWAYS, she’s then sent on assignment by the nun leader to the court of the Duchess Anne and she does cool things like kill people who bear the marque of Mortain. OH OH and she has to work with this guy who is like a super stack of swoon named Duval who is like a bastard, like a real bastard as in he’s illegit, and the half brother of Anne, but he IS a legitimate piece of eye candy.
Y’all there is kissing all up in Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Like, I want to read about kick ass fantasy girls who get down and dirty with kick ass fantasy men. Is that pervy? Do I care? Look, I fell in love with Grave Mercy much the same way that I fell in love with Poison Study and Graceling.
*sidebar: I’m not really going to break into HMH!
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
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His Fair Assassin Series Order:
Grave Mercy (Book One)
Dark Triumph (Book Two) -coming in 2013
Dark Hope (Book Three) – coming in 2013