September 18, 2017

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: A Book Review

Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical
Release Date: April 3rd 2012
Purchase: Amazon | BD | B&N

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?

Try as I may, I just could not get in to this book. I thought when I purchased it a few years ago that it was going to be some kick ass heroin type book, something like vengeance. But when I started to read this, the story fell flat for me. I mean, this girl was not but 17 years old, married off to the highest bidder technically and come her wedding night the guy is so plastered and drunk that he is ordering her to strip down so they can fornicate. When he realizes she has scars on her body he becomes furious and beats her and then leaves her for death. She is whisked away in the middle of the night to a convent run by an abbesses, but not just any one, this one does the devils bidding, by training young women to help the devil kill men. 

I'm sorry, but when I got this far, I just couldn't push myself through the rest of the torture of trying to read this. The plot sounds intriguing but I just couldn't seem to pick the book up again after the first few chapters. 

Robin LaFevers was raised on fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in California.

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