Thursday, October 11, 2012

{Books We Love} Grave Mercy

This blog is mainly about sharing the things that we love with the world, and as such, this blog would not be complete without sharing some of our favorite books! Rather than come up with a review number or star system, we simply decided that we will only share those books that we really like. We hope you enjoy them as well!

Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers

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? (Summary from publisher)
Yes, I know this book sounds dark and violent, but it really doesn't read that way. Ismae has led such a sad and lonely life, but as the story progresses, we are able to watch her grow stronger in every imaginable way. I've always been one who roots for the underdog, so maybe that's why I connected so strongly with it. Though I must admit, I think LaFevers is such a great storyteller that I probably would enjoy any book written by her! Ismae trains with two other young girls while she is in the convent of St. Mortain, and there are two more books slated in the His Fair Assassin series to tell their stories. I for one, can't wait to read them!

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