Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review: Grave Mercy (My Fair Assassin #1)

Title:  Grave Mercy (My Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Pages: 549 pgs, Hardcover
Expected Pub Date: April 3, 2012

Favorite Quote:
“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.” 
― R.L. LaFeversGrave Mercy


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?


I want to start off by saying that this is an excellent read and will be enjoyable to many different types of people. The characters are dynamic, the heroine (Ismae) is a well written character and it is easy to fall into her life story. You feel for her and want her to concur all the pain that surrounds her early on in the novel. When Ismae is rescued from her cruel husband, you can totally tell why she embraces the convent and the sisters of St. Mortain, and jumps whole heartily into becoming an assassin. There are various noteworthy characters too, but they were seen inconsistently and never stayed long enough for me to really care about them.

However I'm not to fond of the pace of the story. Through out the middle it just seemed to drag to me. Although the story didn't become any-less enjoyable, I just couldn't get into all of the politics with in the story. (not my cup of tea)

Although I enjoyed reading the novel, I also hated at times. Like in the whole development of Ismae love interest in Duval. It turned out to be one of those head over moon instant romances that I hate to read. It's like, wait how are you really that in love already, especially with your past. Duval was also a little to hands on with Ismae, especially with her being a previously abused bad ass assassin. It just didn't make sense that he would be the one she falls in love with, even though he was a hotly written character.

Overall I am way too conflicted about this book. I do recommend this book; Others will probably love what I was too picky to like.

But it's going to be...

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