Series: His Fair Assassin
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3, 2012
Length: 14 hours and 14 minutes
Narrator: Erin Moon
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Also in this series: Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart
Also by this author: Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart
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?
After hearing pretty much everyone say how awesome this book with assassin nuns was, I had to go and add it to my TBR. I just now got around to listening to it. Grave Mercy book kept me guessing until almost the end.
There is such a great cast of characters! Each one is different from the next. Ismae has had to deal with a crappy upbringing, and doesn’t really trust men. She’s strong and independent. There were many times that I forgot exactly how young she is. She’s so grown up in so many ways that it’s easy to pass right over the fact that she is a teenager. Anne was also a favorite of mine. She’s so wise and mature for her age. She does her best to do what’s right, and stands up to those far older, and supposedly more wise. Duval is yummy! He’s got a scandalous past, and only wants to protect the Duchess.
The story line was great! There are so many different things that are going on, that you are swept up in court life. You have no idea who to trust because it seems like everyone has their own agenda. I enjoyed the whole religion of the old gods. It was great learning about St. Mortain, but I do hope we get to learn a little more about the other old gods. The love interests never felt forced. Everything was paced out nicely. My only problem was the ending felt a bit rushed, like they had to hurry and wrap everything up.
If you like historical fiction, I definitely recommend this. It’s full of action, mystery, and people finding themselves. I hope to see more of the characters from Grave Mercy in the sequel.