by Robin LaFevers
Published: April 3rd 2012
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?
Grave Mercy started very slow. I honestly didn't really get into it until about 175-200 pages in. It really picked up towards the end and became interesting. I picked up the book expecting more of a grim reaper feel than an actual assassin. And I really didn't expect her to be a "nun" of sorts.
We learned a lot about St. Mortain, but not really any of the other saints and what they did. What we did learn was really interesting. I like that real countries were used for the background and the fantasy aspects blended in.
All the characters were great. I especially loved Anne (the Duchess) and Gavriel. Gavriel is such a great character and has such loyalty to his sister and Brittany (country). We also see when his feelings towards Ismae start to change and it happens so beautifully and quick that he doesn't even realize it.
All around good read, not the best, but still a good read. I do look forward to reading the next book.