Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Orchard Books (2012)
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?
Ok, so I have read this before. Forgive me if I have bored you with my love for Grave Mercy in the past.
This is easily one of the best historical / fantasy mash-ups in YA to date. The writing is fantastic and captures the setting and time perfectly. I felt that the author had really made an effort to get the details just right.
I loved the concept! Assassin nuns? When have you ever heard of that being done before? The story is so unique and Ismae is a wonderful lead character.
As is expected with any YA these days, there is also romance. But this is superseded by the story itself and the mystery and intrigue. The plot is richly layered and you are not quite too sure who to trust.
If you are looking for something different, I can highly recommend this! i have the sequel waiting to be read on my beside table.