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?
Title: Grave Mercy
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published: April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054762834X (ISBN13: 9780547628349)
Hey fellow readers, it's been awhile! Not going to lie, I almost forgot the password to the blogger account. I know, this is sad. I've kept putting off reviewing this book, and it's about time I sit down and write it.
This book was freaking amazing.
Ismae is a girl who runs away from an arranged marriage to one horrendous man. Basically, he was a woman beater. With the help from the priest who married them, Ismae runs away a covent where she is told she the the daughter of St. Mortain, the god of Death. -cue eerie music- She is trained as an assassin to kill those with the mark of Mortain and to carry out his will. While she holds no qualms to kills a traitor with her training, she is uncomfortable when she must pose as Duval's mistress, and her task is to investigate him. Of course, like any good story, Duval is a teasing, handsome man that makes her job so much harder.
Ismae is an amazing character who is strong willed and lets nothing stand in her way, including death. Her bracelets are made of a wire so that she can garrote a man, she has a knife that can fit into her corset, and pearls that are poisonous. Those nuns have trained her well.
Everyone should pick up this book if they get a chance, because as a I mentioned before...it's freaking amazing.
I've missed you all!
Book Nerd and Proud,