GRAVE MERCY
by Robin LeFevers
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054762834X
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 star
Buy This if you enjoy Game of Thrones, La Femme Nikita


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?
My Thoughts:

When I was first introduced to GRAVE MERCY by Rovin LaFevers I was completely taken in by it's jaw dropping premise: Teen female assassins, political intrigue, mystery and romance. Wow! that is a story that I want to read and become lost within it's pages.

The main character of GRAVE MERCY is Ismae, a teen that has led a rough life led by the back of her father's hand and cruel temper. When she is old enough her father sells her off to marriage she soon realizes that her father is not the only one with cruel intentions. Yet, she is saved from her dire situation when she is offered a new life at St. Mortain. Within those walls of the convent she is trained to become an assassin, an instrument of death that will stop at nothing until her mission is completed. Ismae has yet to graduate from training when she is called upon infiltrate the royal court to save the young queen from impending destruction. She is the handmaiden of death but unprepared for the callousness of court, and while trying to decide whom is friend or foe Ismae finds her heart traitorously longing for someone she does not think she can trust.

I am more than overjoyed at how amazing GRAVE MERCY is and how much I enjoyed reading it. Robin LeFevers has created a world that while cruel and unique is filled with political intrigue, mystery and a slow building romance that is a welcome relief. Ismae, is a well fleshed out character that has much depth and emotion and you come to understand and support her. I also have a soft spot for Duval because he was such a noble character and his interactions with Ismae were always a welcome respite amongst the backdrop of mystery and death.

The concept that Robin LaFevers has brought to life with this book, I believe to be an amalgamation of La Femme Nikita and Game of Thrones and it is well presented and detailed. I recognized the research and work that has gone into this book and I truly appreciate it. What I also welcomed about this story is that it is written in modern English and not old English. I personally found it easier to digest and less intimidating.

GRAVE MERCY is well worth your time, and has everything you could as for in an entertaining read. You will not regret one moment enveloped in this story and will only be left begging for more. I know I cannot wait for the next installment and regret that I have to wait a year before DARK TRIUMPH


4 comments on "Review: GRAVE MERCY: His Fair Assassin, book one by Robin LaFevers"

Cindy (Oodles of Books) wrote: February 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Wow, this sounds great! Awesome review :)


Candace wrote: February 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I'm so glad you really enjoyed it! I'm super excited to read it (Thanks again, BTW) and am sure I'll be squeezing it in really soon! And I agree that it's less intimidating knowing it's not in old English. I think everything can still be captured well without bogging it down with language we need to research as we read. Thanks for the great review!


Jessy wrote: February 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

It kind of reminds me of a mix between Graceling and Poison Study.


Rebecca Herman wrote: March 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I loved this book so much - I wish book 2 were out sooner. :(


Post a Comment

I would love to see what you have to say :)

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Tales of a Ravenous Reader

My Photo
Hello, and thank you for stopping by. This is my little haven for talking about the YA books that I adore.

Grab My Button

Email Twitter RSS Feed

Contact Me

I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
nancy has read 0 books toward her goal of 125 books.
hide

Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

2014

SEPTEMBER

RICK YANCEY
Rakestraw Books in Danville
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN and MARK HUNTLY PARSONS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

RICK YANCEY
Book Passage in Corte Mdera
Thursday, September 18 @ 6:30pm

GRETCHEN MCNEIL , KATHERINE LINKA and ANNA CAREY
Books Inc. San Francisco
Thursday, September 18 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON book launch

Books Inc. SF
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

KIM CULBERTSON and CATHERINE LINKA
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

MEGAN SHULL *The Swap*

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Tuesday, September 23 @ 10am

JANDY NELSON and NINA LACOUR
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Tuesday, September 23 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LAUREN OLIVER
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 @ 7pm

LAUREN OLIVER
Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @ 12:30pm

LAUREN OLIVER and JANDY NELSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON, NINA LaCOUR and STEPHANIE KUEHN
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, October 3 @ 7pm

SARA FARIZAN
Books Inc. on Market St.
Friday, October 10 @ 7pm

JAMES FREY with John Hanke, VP of Google's Niantic Lab
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, October 11 @ 6pm


BECCA FITZPATRICK, CHRISTINA LAUREN & KIERSTEN WHITE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, October 12 @ 3pm


FIERCE READS TOUR with GENNIFER ALBIN, NIKKI KELLY, JESSICA BRODY and MARISSA MEYER
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Monday, October 13 @ 6:30pm

PAOLO BACIGALUPI and A.S. KING
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 15 time 7pm

RICK RIORDAN (ticketed event)
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm

CORY DOCTOROW and JEN WANG

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, October 16 @ 7:30pm

MARIE LU
Face in a Book in El Dorado
Thursday, October 16 @ 7pm

A.S. KING and PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Sports Basement on Bryant in SF
Thursday, October 16 @ 6pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
This is a TICKETED event purchase tickets HERE
Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

SARA RAASCH, KASIE WEST AND CORRINE JACKSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm

What I am Reading Now

and this too.....

GIVEAWAY'S

Book Tour Host

Book Tour Host

Book Tour Host

Follow by Email

Followers

Rating System

♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

Would not recommend

DNF=Did Not Finish

Blog Archive

Blog Stats

Blog Designer