Released: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 560 pages
Author Site: Robin LaFevers
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?Oh my gosh! I don't even know where to begin! Let me just start by saying I am not a huge fan of historical fiction but OMG Grave Mercy just rocked my socks off! It was freaking Amazing! I never ever thought I would enjoy this book as much as I did!
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 was just such a character it was easy to feel for her and understand her and feel such compassion for her. She was never wanted and her mother tried to abort her but Ismae lived in shame with the scars from that and with hatred from her father and everybody else but as bad as she had it growing up it just made her stronger for what lay ahead for her.
The writing just flowed from the pages as Ismae is swept away into her new world to embrace a life as a nun assassin and tap into powers she never realized before. I loved Ismae's cunning as she was molded into her work for Mortain (the God of death) and how once she was sent out to do his bidding she soon realized that even though she didn't trust men easily that surely it was not right to just mark them for death so casually.
Loved Loved Loved Grave Mercy!!!!