Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: Grace Mercy (His Fair Assassins, #1) by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy
(His Fair Assassins, #1)
by Robin LaFevers
Young Adult Historical Paranormal
Received for Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released On: April 3, 2012
Pages: 549

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc of this review from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

An Overview of the novel: What if the God of Death was your father? What if it was your job to help him take people to him? Such an interesting premise. And that is where the story starts.

Ismae is the daughter of St. Mortain. That fact saves her from her fate to a doomed marriage. There they teach her the art of death--poisons, how to kill a man in so many different ways it's quite comical. 

But when she gets an assignment that puts her in the middle of the court of Brittany, nothing is what is seems. She starts wondering who she can really trust and who exactly are the victims and who aren't. How is the daughter of death even supposed to act anyway? Can a daughter of death fall in love? Because that's beginning to look like a real possibility. With a million choices to make and not enough information to do it, Ismae needs to make a stand and pray that it is the right one. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The beginning of this book was hard for me to get into at the beginning, but the second Ismae met Duval and got into the high court, I started legitimately really enjoying the novel.

What an interesting concept. The daughter of death. I was deeply intrigued by this novel and enjoyed watching Ismae mature in the novel. She went from this girl with no confidence into an assassin, to so much more. It was beautifully portrayed.

LaFevers did a great job at creating suspense, drama, and intrigue. This novel is one that left me intrigued and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. 

So why 4 stars?  I loved it, but the beginning was slow. For that I'll give it a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague references to sex. Nothing in great detail, but it it is mentioned. I would say age 14 and up. 

The Wrap-up: LaFevers created an intriguing world set to the backdrop of the 1400s.  Beautifully crafted, readers will eat this up. 


Danica Page


  1. I knew this was an assassin story but I didn't realize the god of death was her father, that's so cool! (Sort of reminds me of Susan from Discworld, where Death is her grandfather.) That's too bad that it starts slow, I'm glad to hear it gets better. I like books where the character matures.

    1. It did start slow, but it gripped me after that. It is really good. I'm about to read the sequel. Thanks for commenting.


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