Apr 2, 2012

Book Review: Grave Mercy


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, sh
...moreWhy 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?

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I wasn’t quite sure just what to expect when I started GRAVE MERCY however the premise sounded interesting.  I am very glad that I did take the chance and read this book.  Ms. LaFevers has written a great start to a very enjoyable historical paranormal romance.

This book isn’t a paranormal in the usual sense of the word.  Instead we have Gods that like to meddle with human lives.  Now that really isn’t all that unusual even reality where there are faith based acts occurring all the time.  However in Ms. LaFever’s world, there is a way for the followers to know whether a God commands this or whether it is human misunderstanding.  Now if only that could happen in this world. 

Ismae, a handmaiden to Death, is the primary character along with Duval who is the bastard child of the late Duke.  Very well written characters with strong opinions, strengths and weaknesses.  In fact, all the characters are very beautifully portrayed.  One can’t help feeling compassion for the child Duchess Anne as she struggles to find a way to reinforce her position and protect her beloved duchy.

I do recommend GRAVE MERCY to any readers who enjoyed intrigue and love set into a historical setting.  Oh and let’s not forget that taste of the paranormal thrown in.

I rate this book a 4.6.

--I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion on the book.  No monies have or will exchange hands.

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