Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Reviewer: Taylor

 Title: Grave Mercy
 Author: Robin LaFevers
 Source: Bought
 Pages: 549 Pages
 Genre: YA Historical/Action Adventure
 Publication Date: April 3, 2012
 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 Rating: 5/5

 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?

Main Idea: AHHHHHH! That is the only way I can think to put my excitement into words as I sit down to try to write a quick review.

First of all, freaking historical fiction for the win! I think we as an entire YA community do not read enough/have enough historical fiction. I absolutely loved being transported into a completely different time and place- one that was very real at one time in history!

Our main character, Ismae (love that name), has dealt with some MEAN, rugged men in her life, namely her father and her “betrothed.” So, when she mysteriously gets swooped away to a convent involved with the dealings of death one night, she is not opposed. In fact, Ismae learns that her dance with death in her mother’s womb (her mother drank poison when she was pregnant with Ismae to try to “expel her from her womb.” yuck.) was not just a coincidence. Apparently, death would not allow her to die and “sired” her in order to do his work. It is revealed to her that she has special abilities in order to help her deal death more efficiently. Example: she is immune to all poison.

Towards the beginning of the book, Ismae literally JUMPS at any chance to do st. mortain’s work by killing one he has marqued. However, quickly after her first kills, Ismae is assigned a job that will change her life forever.

The romance is amazing. The love she gains for unexpected people is touching. And the mystery, action, and excitement is amazing. Even the longer parts in the middle did not bore me. I was glued to the book the entire time I was reading it and just LOVED it.

Go read it. Now.

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3 comments
  1. I was a little iffy about picking this one up – mostly because of the size – but I think I will now! It sounds absolutely amazing and I love historical fiction. Thanks so much for the review! 🙂

    • It really is so good! Thanks so much for being our first commenter on our new blog! About to go and check yours out!

      • You’re welcome and thanks so much! I’ve been a fan of your booktubing and your blog for a while now. 🙂

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