Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance/YA/ Mystery
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?
This book had been sitting on my TBR bookcase since I bought it on Release Day last year. Why you ask has it been sitting there so long? Well I have a TON of books that I’ve bought as a result of following book blogs for a LONG time. I didn’t really have any expectations when I picked up Grave Mercy. All I really new about the book was that it was about the handmaiden’s to Death.
Our heroine, Ismae is one of Death’s daughters and narrowly escapes the brutality that is her bogus arranged marriage when she is helped to reach the convent of St. Mortain. At the convent the occupants serve the god of Death himself. Each person has been blessed with a gift, a very dangerous gift. Ismae is very good at serving her God but then when Ismae is asked to participate in a very important assignment that will take her into the heart of the high court of Brittany she finds herself woefully unprepared for all the things that take place. Or the man that eventually steals her heart and makes her believe again.
Our hero, Duval, is the Duchess’ half brother and is doing everything in his power to keep his sister safe but also see that she is crowned. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Duval. He had this swagger about him that I was lukewarm on in the beginning but as the plot thickened I grew to enjoy Duval very much. Plus, as an added bonus, he’s attracted to Ismae even though he really doesn’t want to be.
There are so many things that happen in this book that had me turning pages even when I should have been doing other things like eating or getting enough sleep for work. It was a freaking roller coaster that I just could not put down. Plus, I really enjoyed almost all of the secondary characters with the exception of 1 or 2. I can hardly wait to dig into the second book, I thought that Ms. LaFevers did an excellent job building up the story so that it will flow easily into Dark Triumph.
Rating: 4 Whiskeys