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