Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I

byRobin LaFevers

Paperback | October 2, 2018

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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?
Robin LaFevers , author of the New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin books, 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. V...
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Title:Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book IFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.46 inPublished:October 2, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1328567656

ISBN - 13:9781328567659

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from GRAVE MERCY This book is amazing, it had everything I loved inside of it romance,vioence,betrayel... It was a non-stop page turner, I actually woke up at 1am just to read 3 chapters So I sugest to anyone who wants a great read and wants to ger lost in the weldof the midevil times
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth it. Picture assassins. Picture deadly nuns. Picture intrigue and political games worthy of Game of Thrones. And then stop picturing it. This is a book for people who thought Throne of Glass was a novel about assassins too. I felt very let down by the promise of this book. It could and did start off great. The characters at the convent are intriguing. The friendship so rarely seen in YA is fantastic. But then the rest of the book kills it. The supposed assassin goes to court to figure out which enemies of the Royal family to kill. She actually spends a good chunk of her time staring around rooms at people in the wild hopes she will just happen to see the "marque" that signifies her God wants her to kill someone. She blunders through investigations and is too distracted by the dashing young courtier she had been assigned to watch to bother noticing obvious clues. The romance is grating and unsubtle. A case of lust being wildly mistaken for love. She almost literally falls for the first man she is around outside the convent she has been in for three years. Which I guess explains her desperation, but still. Have some dignity, woman. The only bright side was the plot twist, which gets resolved and almost immediately, so does everything else. Which was a little took convenient, but okay. I'd pass on this series.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great concept! Entertaining easy read :-)
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars Meggie highly recommended this book to me and even though I knew she liked historical fiction and I didn't, I gave it a chance because she liked Ismae a lot... and I'm glad I did. I didn't like part that she has a huge scar on her back and can't undress in front of anybody. I mean, the biggest asset you have when you're a female assassin during those times is your body, charm, and beauty. Being a woman is a powerful thing and it would have made more sense if that was the very first thing the covenant taught their assassins. Just batting your eyes, smiling, and giggling can make a guy fall head over heels and not think of you as danger. She didn't even know what she was feeling when Gavriel touches her when in fact, she should have been trained especially in this area. And how can she bed men and spy around when she can't even undress in front of anybody? It was also kind of boring at times and it was a very long read. Definitely not a YA book, as most young adults wouldn't finish it. I kept falling asleep reading the first half - literally two nights ago I couldn't sleep and I was restless so I thought it would be a good idea to read a bit more of this book so I could fall asleep, and I did! There are also times when I had to whip out my dictionary - thank god for Kobo making it easier for me, just highlight the word and dictionary will open up. It was also frustrating when Ismae spent more time talking about all those cool weapons o
Date published: 2013-05-09

Editorial Reviews

Cynthia Leitich Smith,New York Times best-selling author of the Tantalize series: A delectable simmer of intrigue and ferocity, passion and compassion.Grave Mercy sates and fascinates, even as it leaves you craving more." Elizabeth Bunce, author ofStarcrossed andA Curse Dark as Gold: "Chilling, deftly plotted, and with a thread of subtly crafted romance. Readers will be seduced by LaFevers's deadly snare of haunting magic and courtly intrigue." Laura Whitcomb, author ofA Certain Slant of Light: "Atmospheric, romantic, and gripping." Ten Teen Reads You Can't Miss, Entertainment Weekly.com, October 2012: "Prepare to enjoy LaFevers' tasty court intrigue and one badass heroine." Starred review,Booklist: * "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." Starred review,Kirkus Reviews: * "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." Starred review,Publishers Weekly: * "Rich in historical detail, well-realized characters, political machinations, and enticingly prickly scenes between Ismae and Duval, LaFevers's complex tale incorporates magic both sparingly and subtly. This powerful first volume of the His Fair Assassin series should attract many readers." Starred review,School Library Journal: * "The book is well written and filled with fascinating, complex characters who function realistically in this invented medieval world." Starred review,Shelf Awareness : *"Riveting." #3 on Kids' Indie Next List, spring 2012 An Amazon Best Teen Book of 2012 "