2015 · 4 Stars · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Young Adult

Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers

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Grave Mercy (Amazon)


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?


This book was recommended to me by a coworker and I gotta say, I am so glad that I bumped it up on my TBR pile. It was a great read.

The author, Robin LaFevers really grabs your attention from the first page. I instantly loved Ismae as a character, and as a person. I would totally be willing to get coffee with her and be best friends.

In reality I really liked the depth of all the characters. Each was very unique but wasn’t one dimensional. Loved it 🙂

This book follows Ismae as she struggles with finding a place in the world. She becomes a handmaiden to Death and begins her training on how to serve Death.

Without giving away to much of the story away, Ismae must work with Gavriel Duval to find the traitor who is threatening the duchess. Duval was also a great character.

If I could change one thing about the book I would have to change the length of the novel. I really don’t think it needed to be 549 pages long. The plot started off really fast, but then started to slow down. Then rushed together at the end.

Overall a great book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.

2 thoughts on “Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers

  1. I missed this series when it was coming out, but this review has me wanting to check it out! I love the sound of the main character, and I like personifications of Death so I’ll have to read this in the future.


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