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?
Grave Mercy was a beautiful book. The growth seen in Ismae is really unparalleled. She goes from unwanted, to a follower in the convent of St. Mortain, to coming into her own and being her own women. In the beginning she lets someone else make all of the decisions for her. Which is understandable because she doesn't want to have to leave the convent and she wants to prove her worth, but once she is out in the real world, she learns that St. Mortain is not so black and white.
Ismae never dreamed of caring for a man either. I think that was the best unexpected part of the book. Watching Ismae slowly fall in love was so sweet and innocent!
The politics were enough to make my head spin. Very realistic writing and LaFevers really created a world that is very accurate and believable.
Overall I would say this is a wonderful read for all YA audiences. This book doesn't end on a cliff hanger, but it still left me wanting to read the next book in the series!
Rating: 4 Stars!