Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Series: His Fair Assassin, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Lush, thrilling, with an amazing mythology and great heroine, I couldn't put Grave Mercy down!
Ismae Rienne, at fourteen, is saved from an arranged marriage by becoming a handmaiden of Death--literally. She grows up to be a weapon of Mortain, and at seventeen, is given her first assignment. Once in place, Ismae is caught in a web of intrigue and lies, and she must find out who is telling the truth and who isn't--or the cost could be her life.
What I enjoyed:
-Ismae, and her evolution from a cold killing machine to just a young woman in love
-Gavriel Duval, and his family as well as the intrigue in his court
-The mythology of it all--it was so intriguing and I cannot wait for the sequel so I can learn more
-Sybella--psst! She's the focus of the sequel! Yay!
-The palace intrigue itself, so much like real history's accounts of royals battling it out
-The beautiful prose that didn't miss a single detail
What I didn't enjoy:
-How many people there were--there seemed like almost too many to actually keep track of
-How little Ismae's parentage was explained
-How little is divulged about the culture of the society, as well as its various gods
-I would've liked to see more of the herbwitch
If any of you enjoy mysteries, historical fiction, or powerful women as your protagonists, I would suggest picking up Grave Mercy! I can't wait for Dark Triumph in the spring!