Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 549 Pages
Sub-genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
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?
Grave Mercy is the story of a young lamb (13/14 year old girl) who becomes a strong, independent 16/17 year old woman (A WOLF!) who is a trained assassin and carries out the will of her own Breton god (think Wanted with Angelina Jolie).
Lately, every time I’ve picked up something outside my “comfort zone”, I have been blown away by how awesome it is! I’ve been more into the Contemporary sub-genre lately and don’t consider myself to be a historical fiction fan or a fantasy (urban, high, etc) fan AT ALL. The only historical fiction stories that I’ve read were The Vespertine and Born Wicked – 2 books out of the how many I’ve read in the past 2 years? EXACTLY. As for fantasy, I don’t know, I’m just not big into it – or atleast I didn’t used to be!! I am hooked now, and after reading Grave Mercy, I picked up Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore. Grave Mercy isn’t High Fantasy or anything like that but if you’re looking to whet your appetite for fantasy, it’s the way to go.
If you want some action packed, swoon-worthy romantic, light fantasy and some historical fiction all rolled into one, Grave Mercy is the book for you. I absolutely loved it.