Friday, May 3, 2013

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) is another book that had me from "Hello" - or rather from the moment I first laid eyes on the cover!  What a gorgeous cover that all but shows a strong character during a time when men have characteristically been the ones to fight a battle.  Anyway, the cover is just the beginning of a very beautifully told intriguing and historic story of politics, love and death. 

Author, Robin LaFevers, does a remarkable job giving the reader very detailed descriptions of not only the characters but the locations and political climate throughout the novel.  Grave Mercy has it all: love, murder, poison, honor, suspense and death.  

Our main character, Ismae, joins the convent of Saint Mortain (Saint of Death) after her situation turns hopeless.  Once at the convent she is trained to become an assassin - true Daughter of Death.  Ismae's next assignment seems straight forward, kill the traitor at court and protect the Duchess of Brittany, but this assignment turns out to have a fair amount of gray area, lots of politics and a possible love interest. 

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