Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers | Review

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
My Rating: 5 stars
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:
     I really enjoyed this book! The cast of characters are intriguing and mysterious and the plot will keep you guessing till the end.  While this story is very original, I definitely got some Reign vibes and Throne of Glass vibes.  Reign because the majority of the book is set in the high court of Brittany and nobody knows who to trust.  Throne of Glass because she is an assassin and some of the things that Ismae does I could totally see Celaena doing.
     I really enjoyed the two main characters, Ismae and Duval.  I loved the way their relationship evolved and grew through the story at a realistic pace.  I also just love when the love interests start off hating each other :)  Their relationship was not the main focus of the story though, it was just a sub-plot which was kind of nice to see.
     Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the world.  This is a fantasy novel, but it is based in reality.  Specifically the Middle Ages/Renaissance and is also based off of actual events that happened in that time period.  Obviously there are some embellishments though!  I loved the way that LaFevers took that history and built on it to create this brand new world where a saint/god has offspring with kick ass skills and gifts in homicide.
     Ismae was a fantastic lead character who was strong and stood up for herself and I loved that she was written in a very real and human way.  She wasn't made to seem perfect like you see in YA books sometimes.  That rawness and vulnerability made her easy to relate to.
     Overall, I would 100% recommend this book.  It was an enthralling read that kept me up till the wee hours of the morning!



  1. Really adore your pictures <3 And great review! I have this book on my TBR since last year, and eager to read it because it's about assassin which yes, have reminded me of Celaena :)