Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Hardcover 1st Edition
549 pages
Published April 3rd 2012  
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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?

This Book Contain: Abuse, Murder, Violence, Sexual Content and Romance.

My Thoughts:

There is just so many aspects of this book that make it just an epic read for me.  I love the history behind this book and the way the author puts you in the time period.  The author adds so much detail that you really feel that you are there.  I was totally lost in this book because of all the details.  Another thing I loved about this story was that these women were the handmaidens of death which, translated means that they were deaths assassins.  So these were kick ass women with a mission to kill for the god of death.   I am a huge fan of women who can handle anything that comes their way and these women were definitely the cream of the crop.  I was just floored that the author  took true historical facts and entwined them with the paranormal.   Not only did this work for the story but it was very believable which, to me written any other way wouldn’t have worked.  She did this so beautifully that you never feel as though this is anything but the real deal.

Along with all these aspects, you have the actual storylines of the characters which are amazing.  You have this remarkable character In Ismae who has to over come years of neglect and abuse to become this very amazing heroine.  Then you have  Duval who has been apart of a world filled full of deceit and power moves his whole life.  When they come together it is not something either of them want  because neither is sure of the others motives.   They are both fearful that the other would stick a knife in the other one back literally speaking.  The progression of trust and love is slow between them which only builds the anticipation that as reader we love and makes us keep reading  until that defining moment that will make the journey so worth it.

Let me just say that there where times while reading this book I thought that this author had not intend this book for YA but, the fact that it is just so blew me away because, she didn’t water it down for the younger readers.  She wrote the story the way she want to write it.  Whether or not she intended it to be YA, I am not sure but the fact that she told it like it truly was in that century and did sugar coat things really impressed me.  I hate when authors water books down because someone younger may read it.  She didn’t shy away from the harsher truths of that time period such as sex, violence and they women were viewed as property instead of as equals.

This book is  so epic that it just delivers on so many levels.  I think that this book just covers so many genres that it has something for just about everyone.  I fell in love with this and it was so much more than I ever expected it to be.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is reading this review.



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