AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy #1) by Robin LaFevers


Summary: 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?

My Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: Yes! I would definitely recommend this book

Disclosure: Borrowed from my library at OverDrive. No Spoilers

I’ve seen this book at my local Barnes & Noble for years, the premise always sounded interesting but I never pursued it any further. When I discovered my library had it on their OverDrive digital library I decided to give it a shot, and I was not disappointed.

This book is EPIC. The storyline is fantastic and keeps you guessing until the moment the author suddenly reveals it all. Ismae was a fantastic character her progression from beginning to end is an ode to feminism. She starts off so devoted to the convent never questioning their actions to finally realizing, she is her own person who can serve her God and have a full life at the same time. All of the female characters in this book are all badass women who have feelings,dreams, and are sick of men ruling over them. (Even the villainesses.)

The romance was great as well, never the main focus of the story just a sweet addition to it. Ismae realizing she can have love too, is refreshing when so many novels introduce the love interest and suddenly everything is about the romance.

This book was such an awesome read overall, I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. I will definitely be checking out the other two books in the series as well.


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