Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
This book is about Ismae, a 17 year old girl is sold off by her father to a man to be married. The man is abusive and she held prisoner when he learns of her lineage. She has help to escape and is taken to a St Mortains convent, but this is not just any convent. While here, she learns to serve a handmaid to Death. She is trained in weaponry, poison and seduction. Ismae is sent out on a mission with Duval to the High court of Brittany to act as his mistress to carry out Mortains biddings . She does’t like, nor trust Duval. Her time at the High court is spent discovering plots of treason against the Duches Anne, and learns to get along with Duval as well. Ismae is a very strong young woman who learns to listen to heart, even if it is not what the convent teaches. Duval might come across as a strong man whose duty will come before anything else, but he does have a different side that you just can’t help but like. The plot of this book is intriguing, with historical fantasy, magic, secrecy and some romance. This is a definitely new breed of heroine. One you’ll root for to the end. I mean assassin nuns, handmaids to Death, what more could you want in a book. It is elegantly written, and wonderfully compelling. A great start to a new series. So far one of my favorite books this year.