Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)

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Even as “Grave Mercy” charts Ismae’s progress toward self-possession and maturity, it occasionally stumbles.
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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?


About Robin LaFevers

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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.
Published April 3, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 565 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jessica Bruder on Apr 06 2012

Even as “Grave Mercy” charts Ismae’s progress toward self-possession and maturity, it occasionally stumbles.

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