Thursday, August 16, 2012

[Review] Grave Mercy


"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?

♥♥♥I loved this book ♥♥♥
I like historical books in general, and if you mix in assassins, I'm very happy xD

Ismae was born with a mark on her back that showed that she had been expelled from her mother's womb with poison, but survived. Her father mistreats her, and most of the the people she knows mistrusts her for that, and says she is the child of Mortain, the god of death. She escapes from her arranged marriage and is taken to the convent, where she is trained in the assassin arts. Her minor assignments go off without a hitch, and she is soon sent to the High Court of Brittany. Many of the people there are double-crossing and cruel, but there are a few true, nice people. One of them, Duval, lets her stay in her house as his niece.  At first neither of them like each other much, but slowly they grow to trust and love each other. Soon she is sent a message from the Convent the Mortain wants Duval killed, even though she has not seen Death's Mark on him. There is a traitor somewhere and she has been told to hunt him- everyone is telling her the traitor is Duval.

The characters are amazing. Most have many layers that are revealed and but do not conflict  with each other. Ismae starts as a weak helpless characters, becomes a scary assassin without a conscience, then transforms into a still scary assassin who cares for others.

The romance is not instalove :O That makes me very happy as the two (Duval and Ismae) slowly create a foundation for their love and build on it instead of going HAI YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL I LOVE YOU YAY RAINBOWS.

And I can't forget the end :O I really didn't expect it, but it wrapped up the book amazingly, although some cool characters died :-/ We also get to meet Mortain and learn more about the job of his daughters (which is not just revenge/justice).

All in all 5 out of 5 stars and you should really read it if you haven't before :D
I can't wait till Dark Triumph comes out :O HURRY UP!!! 

I know this is a short review, but it's so awesome that I can't form the words >.<

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