Book Review of “Grave Mercy”

Grave Mercy” was published in 2012 and was written by Robin LaFevers ( Ms. LaFevers has published three adult novels, all in the “His Fair Assassins” series, with this being the first. She has eight other books targeted for younger girls (

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Violence. The novel is written in the first person and is set in 1485 Brittany. The major character is 17 year old Ismae.

Ismae has a brutal father who sells her in marriage. She runs away from her new husband and is taken in by the convent of St. Mortain. For more than three years she learns to serve the old gods and trains as an assassin. She is sent on her first assignment to help Anne, the Duchess of Brittany.

Ismael is faced with conspiracy and danger from both the French as well as from within Anne’s own court. Ismae meets Anne’s half brother Duval and slowly falls in love with him, though she does not let that interfere with her mission.

I was afraid that this novel would turn into a Romance, but I was plesantly surprised that it kept mostly to the intrigue of the court, as well as some action and suspence. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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