Grave Mercy: Book summary and reviews of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy

His Fair Assassin, Book I

By Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2012,
    560 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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?

Book 1 of a planned trilogy

Ages 14+

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"Starred Review. With characters that will inspire the imagination, a plot that nods to history while defying accuracy, and a love story that promises more in the second book, this is sure to attract feminist readers and romantics alike." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Fiction and history coalesce in a rich, ripping tale of assassinations, political intrigue and religion in 15th-century Brittany. ...LaFevers' ambitious tapestry includes poison and treason and murder, valor and honor and slow love, suspense and sexuality and mercy. A page-turner - with grace." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. This powerful first volume of the His Fair Assassin series should attract many readers." - Publishers Weekly

"LaFevers is an artful storyteller who has created a strong lead character.... The tale is one of scheming nobles, political subterfuge, murder, and romance - all of the best aspects of a good read. And like any good mystery, the plot is unpredictable." - VOYA

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Robin LaFevers Author Biography

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R. L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine) grew up in Los Angeles, California and has been fascinated by libraries and museums ever since she first set foot in one. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren't there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction.

She is the author of the Lowthar's Blade trilogy, two standalone novels, The Falcon Master and Werewolf Rising; as well as the Theodosia series (illustrated by Yoko Tanaka) and the Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist Series (illustrated by Kelly Murphy). She lives with her husband, sons, and a cat in Southern California.

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