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Grave Mercy files Grave Mercy, read online Grave Mercy, free Grave Mercy, free Grave Mercy, Grave Mercy ce2150d45 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 OthersIsmae 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


10 thoughts on “Grave Mercy

  1. says:

    So, she says, looking back at me You are well equipped for our service Which is We kill people Everything in this fantasy book approaches perfection.Maybe I have been bewitched, compelled, but, when I think of this novel, the word masterpiece is the first one that comes to my mind Historical and fantasy make delightful m langes when the two of them are present in a novel The story may not have been of the same rare quality as Clockwork Angel, for example, but there is something fascinating about those two genres combined nonetheless.Sometimes, there are authors that make us think and try to convince us that their heroine is special when, in fact, she is nothing than another lucky chick In this case though, Ismae really was one of a kind and the generalisation above does not include Robin LaFevers And, when I say that she appeared different and powerful, I do mean it For instance, Ismae s body possessed immunition againt poison No poison on earth was to kill her Also, she could talk to souls Needless to say, no body risked outmatching her Which was not only exciting but also refreshing I was so tired of whiny heroine that always need their knight in shining armour to rescue them.I saw countless reviewers complaining about the pacing I am not going to dare say that it was nothing but fast since that would be a lie, but, to me, there was no slowness really And that because 1 I was strongly hooked, 2 enjoyed the writing so much very well adapted to the context and century by the way and 3 in every chapter, there was something new, a different scene which made sure that I was never tired of seeing the same characters over and over again or perhaps fear boredom But, if the story does not appeal to you from the beginning, I am sure you will find this long and endless She leans forward then, as if eager to tempt me with what Mortain offers If you choose to stay, you will be trained in His arts You will learn ways to kill a man than you imagined possible We will train you in stealth and cunning and all manner of skills that will ensure no man is ever again to threat you The characters, primary and secondary ones, were not always unique but they had personality Of course I had read about many duchesses and men plotting marriage for power and wealth, but those personages being included in this plot, along with everything aside magic, secrecy and an ounce of mystery brought the banal situation of scheming to a new level And a most unsettling one, may I add, for I had no idea what would happen in the end and who will have to die for the situation to be resolved.One thing I do not seem to read often about is assassins Not because they are not at the top of my fantasy professions list it s just that I do not choose reads in purpose for the story to contain some If there are, then fantastic But if none are included, then I will not interrupt my read or skip the book because of it I admit though that the last assassin book I had read did not appeal to me It was Midnight Thief and, that one specifically, I stopped reading when I started being annoyed of the romance taking to0 much importance and the heroine risking to go on the path I feared she would take None of that in this, however Only fierce, talented and conscious of their missions assassins that might very likely surprise you were featured And, let s not forget, they were girls A lovely plus wink wink.Why this book was not one hundred percent perfect was due to Gavriel, the love interest Don t get me wrong, the romance had everything I hoped for slow burn, love hate but Gavriel was a little too controlling for my taste He ordered Ismae around a little too often I assumed he did not realise he was doing it throughout the story, but it does not change the fact that he could have been looser with her What if I say no Then you will be taken far from here and given to a kind, gentle man in need of a wife If you think I am fit to serve, Reverend Mother, I will do so gladly If you are a lover of historical fantasy romance stories with a religious vibe, then this is the series for you


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    hooked me with a great premise medieval nun assassins who serve Saint Mortain, the god of death The novel is set in an alternate realm of Brittany, where the local gods have been subsumed by Christianity and renamed saints The old ways live on, however, especially among the daughters of Saint Mortain, who serve as the realm s assassins, killing those who need to be killed.Our lethal heroine, Ismae, escapes a life of poverty and abuse by joining the convent Soon she is plunged into a game of intrigue and villainy as the realm tries to maintain its independence from France Unfortunately for Ismae, one of the people she is sent to spy on and possibly assassinate is the first man she feels she might love.The novel is driven by mystery, romance and subtle skulduggery It isn t exactly an adventure novel, so don t expect a fight on every page, but if you stick with it, it s well worth reading I d recommend it to YA fans, especially those with an interest in history The closest parallel I can think of is Cashore s Graceling another fantastic romance about a deadly heroine.


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    2.5This book is like small dashes of awesomeness randomly sprinkled throughout long stretches of boredom Perhaps I would have been far less bored if I cared for fantasy historical fiction that focuses most of its energy on the romance story Perhaps I would have been less bored if the romance had been the kind to creep up on you, so that you re inwardly pleading that the characters will get together long before they even acknowledge their attraction for one another Perhaps.However, the romance was the main player in this book and it was the kind that sprang up immediately and left our heroine instantly breathless every time she saw Mr Duval after their first meeting I prefer a book that is about than a bit of romancing, but I m not immune to a well told love story either and I can easily be persuaded to award a book at least three stars if I d been sold on it Unfortunately, I wasn t It all happened too soon, too predictably, too obviously The heroine Ismae is a trained assassin that has some serious man issues with understandable reason , so why can she do nothing but ogle Duval s sexy body in armour when they are in life threatening situations The beginning, in my opinion, was the best part of the whole book A young woman has been scarred since her mother attempted to abort her pregnancy but she survived, and the marque she bears is that of Death s servants She is rescued away from the beginning of an abusive marriage to be taken to a convent but these are no ordinary nuns She is trained as an assassin, taught how to fight, how to create complicated poisons to kill instantly or drag out a death for days She is the ultimate weapon and she uses her abilities to serve the convent and Death.I cannot deny that this is a wonderful, kickass idea The problem was that this part at the beginning is the most action packed of the entire novel After this, Ismae doesn t use her abilities that much beyond flashing her womanly charms at the men of court in order to find out information about who Brittany can really trust in these dangerous times when France is out for everything she can get This book needed a serious injection of badassery.The politics surrounding the issues of Brittany and France in the 1400s could have been much interesting than it was, except for the fact that it was used as a platform for Ismae and Duval s budding romance There was too much talking and eaves dropping on conversations that didn t matter, too much family drama with characters I couldn t give a damn about, too much of all the wrong stuff Not enough conspiracies, plotting, assassinations she is an assassin, for pity s sake, was it too much to expect a little of it.As much as I like this idea and part of me would like to know how this series progresses, I cannot imagine wanting to put myself through another 500 pages of boredom to find out And one last thing, I m sure some of the phrases used in this book weren t around one hundred years ago, never mind six hundred years ago can t say for sure, I m no language expert, but it sounded very 20th 21st century for me.


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    4.5 stars Absolutely spectacular, and everything you d expect a historical YA novel about assassin nuns to be Love love love


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    3 1 2 starsI may have a few mixed feelings about this book, but I know exactly who to recommend this to Do you love historical mysteries Court intrigue Romance Very light fantasy Do you love Juliet Marillier Sherwood Smith Do you wish that The Queen s Thief series read a lot like a romance novel Then this book is absolutely for you.Ismae is a young teenager when she s sold in marriage to a much older man Her father is happy to be rid of her, but her new husband doesn t know that she bears a large red scar on her back a scar that marks her as one of Death s daughters He is less than pleased read murderous with rage when he discovers the mark, but Ismae is rescued by a hedge priest and bundled off to the convent of St Mortain, the god of death Soon she is in training to be a handmaiden of death, skilled in espionage and murder.This book reads a lot like a romance novel, but I really enjoyed that about it The romance between Ismae and Duval is slow building, believable, and pretty smoldering I was a bit surprised when the book finally seemed to be getting to the good stuff and then it pulled one of these Sometime later Boo Apparently this is a young adult novel Which is unfortunate because it reads so much like an adult romance, and I think that it would be better if it embraced that a bit .My only huge disappointment is that Ismae suffers from what I am now going to refer to as Driven Snow Syndrome because I see this so frequently that it deserves a label she s the kind of character who says, I m not a normal human being with a sexuality I m a woman. That is, until one special man comes along and then suddenly it s, What are these FEELINGS that I keep having Why is my heart pounding Why are my loins quivering She startles like a little bird every time he touches her, and she s conveniently skipped out on the womanly wiles classes at the convent so she has absolutely no knowledge of what sex is even about Ladies, isn t it enough that men have spent centuries pretending that our sexuality doesn t exist and over valuing our purity Do we have to do it too Come on.It s also a bit unbelievable that Ismae would be a competent spy assassin seductress, and yet have no knowledge of court etiquette, social nuance, or male female interaction Not to mention she has a giant SCAR How is she supposed to insinuate herself at court as someone s mistress if she can t undress in front of anyone Still, Ismae completely charmed me I love her snap decision making and wild leaps of tangled logic I love her awakening and growth as a person I love that she ll dangle out of a window to eavesdrop on someone.I also really love the mythology the god of death and all his forms the convent of assassins, for god s sake I love that I had some serious doubts about Ismae s calling and she addressed every single one I ll definitely be reading the companion novels as they come out Perfect Musical PairingMarvin Gaye Sexual Healing OMG, yes I was this close to being able to assign this song only a few months ago, but then the book that I was reading didn t go the way that I expected and I had to choose something else Sad.Finally, a book that actually warrants this song or at least, that s what I inferred was happening behind the closed curtains This almost makes up for the complete lack of visible sexytime Almost.Also seen on The Readventurer.


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    Actual rating 2.5 stars Grave Mercy started out very strong for me with its historical roots I instantly loved Ismae and could empathize with her bleak outlook on life The novel had strong characters, a good plot, and political intrigue I mean, c mon An assassin nun A badass premise like that is just begging to be read and loved So what in heaven s name went wrong for me Why am I only giving this book 2.5 stars Well, I ll start with what I actually liked first I did like all the characters, especially Ismae It s a big deal for me to like the heroine since I usually hate them due to their inability to use their brains But not Ismae, she s a smart cookie This isn t shocking since I d wager it does require a certain amount of neurons to assassinate someone And while she does carry prejudices against men due to her harsh childhood, there is a good amount of character growth for her So, gold star for her Duval, the love interest, while initially not appealing to my co blogger, won me over fairly easily And for all those wondering, the His in His Fair Assassin is not referring to Duval It refers to Ismae s god, Mortain At least, I m pretty sure Lol I also really liked the plot and the historic features I can tell LaFevers did lot of research and it truly does show Many of the characters in the novel are real people and the events occurring, real events I felt it was a nice change in pace to the usual YA books I ve read But the good points just weren t enough for me to love this book Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives sigh Another book falls short of badassery.First of all, I probably would never have picked up this book on my own if Kennedy hadn t suggested a read a long I choose to avoid historic fiction for a myriad of reasons, the most important being It s just not my cup of tea When I have to sit down and think about the setting, time period, a huge cast of characters I have to keep up with, political talk, yada, yada, yada it just turns me right off It s too much And I don t like having to concentrate while reading for enjoyment In this case, I liked it, but then, I didn t like it For the first portion of the novel, I was unsure of when in history this book took place Personally, I cannot sit back and enjoy a novel if it feels like I m missing a crucial part of the story And the time period was important for me European history is just not my forte, so I took to Wikipedia looking for answers Unfortunately for me, I now knew how the story would eventually end unless Levers decided to deviate from history But at least I knew the time period is the late 1480s Yay for me Boo that I had to work so hard to find the answer Anyway, that was the first strike The second Boredom Right around 40% the high from the strong beginning began to fade and along with it, my eyelids closed often then I d like them too Ismae is a trained killer, but there wasn t much killing going on In fact, there was mostly too much talking about the political plans being made to ward of the French from invasion Honestly, I couldn t care less about any of that I WANTED BLOOD Then it got boring Ismae spent time talking about all her cool weapons, than using them She d go on and on about her poisons and how she could kill someone with this weapon or that poison I wanted her to take a page from Nike No excuses, Ismae FRUSTRATION What good is an assassin nun that just wanders the castle Do something Anything Do the Macarena Sing a Ke ha song But, I was still interested enough to continue on and I m glad I did, because it started getting interesting However, that leads me to my forth pointThis book was entirely too predictable Could the bad guy be any obvious LaFevers pretty much dangled him in front of us the entire novel like a carrot, so by the time the main characters goes, It was you you re thinking, It s about time And that really made me sad because I thought, There was no way it can be who I think it is It s just too easy There has to be one last plot twist Sadly, there wasn t one and because of that, I think the ending suffered greatly Speaking of the ending, it felt incredibly rushed to me All conflicts came to a or less, hurried happy ending As soon as the baddie is caught the book has nothing to do then fall back on its underdeveloped romance between Ismae and Duval That s not to say I disliked Duval and Ismae I actually liked both characters a great deal, but together Not so much Grave Mercy spent entirely too much time revolving around the mystery and not much time developing the relationship I think the book needed to make its mind up Romance or plot It couldn t have both believably, in this case mild spoilers But the part I really disliked about the book was the scene where Ismae had to purge poison from Duval s body by having sex with him I was relatively enjoying the book up until that point When I read that scene I rolled my eyes so hard I mean, really REALLY She is a nun assassin and the biggest gift Mortain gives her involves her sexuality She becomes a human bezoar Would ya look at that A woman s body really can be objectified in almost any profession Awesome _ The next book appears to be about Sybella, who I thought would have had a bigger role in this installment The mystery surrounding the girl was thrown at the reader several times and we are given no information about her assignment Same goes for Annith s story I found that incredibly frustrating I realize this is supposed to be a series and perhaps their stories will be told in the sequels, but leaving those gaps made Grave Mercy seem incomplete I can t help to think the book would have been stronger as a stand alone novel instead of stretching their stories out over three books So, will I continue on with this series At this time, probably not But I would still recommend it to others looking for a change up in their usual YA readings, especially those who enjoy historic fiction with romance and a pleasant splash of paranormal More reviews and other fantastically awesome things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


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    i finished this book in less than a day bc it was so bloody good and im offended that it doesn t get the recognition and hype it deserves yes im well aware that it was published in 2012 BUT STILL i dont even know where to begin, this book was a ride it starts off with a young girl about to be sold by her father into a marriage with this gross monster of a man, but nah this girl ain t having it anyways she manages to get saved from that hell of a future and begins her life at a convent where she finds her life has already been planned for her BASICALLY SHE TRAINS AS AN ASSASSIN AND GETS SENT OUT ON THESE MISSIONS AND THEN HAS TO WORK WITH THIS BROODING GUY AND ITS ALL SO GREAT i have to admit the beginning was very brief, we barely got to see her life in the convent and then it was mentioned somewhere how she spent 3 years there or smthing and i was like my dude that was only 30 pages i do wish we got to see her interact with her convent sisters and the bonds they build bc they do continue their friendship throughout the book but its not as solidified for the reader bc there isn t any background events to back it up and we didn t get to see her train, it was just very very brief and passed through really quickly that s probably my only dislikes about this book FROM THERE ON, WE GET THIS ANGSTY RELATIONSHIP THAT IS SO SLOWBURN AND BEAUTIFUL AND ADORABLE basically its haters to lovers but they arent really enemies bc they serve the same side, they just really dislike each other and THEY RE KINDA FORCED TO BE IN A FAKE RELATIONSHIP aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa basically my new favourite thing that along with the political intrigue, schemes, court life, plotting, secrecy, treachery, its ALL so well crafted i thought the author did an INCREDIBLE job of balancing the plot, action, and romance as much as im going on about the ship they stole my heart from the beginning im weak it was sprinkled throughout the novel so it s not heavy on the mush its just every moment where they sniped at each other i was screaming damn i love a well written ship and then when he referred to her SARCASTICALLY as my fair assassin my little rebel i fricken went ALL HEART EYES ldjfljaFJKDAFLA I LOVE THEM SO MUCH and you know those SCENES where ONE OF THEM GETS HURT AND THE OTHER ONE MENDS THE WOUND AND THEY GET ALL SOFT AND VULNERABLE AROUND EACH OTHER MY EFFING AESTHETIC ahem, anyways. THERE S A LOT OF FIGHTING AND ACTION AND INTRIGUE im so impressed with the way it all turned out and i got so attached to the characters the friendships that bloomed between anne and ismae so fricken beautiful you guys i love girls supporting girls and being happy and protective of each other im softthis is really a sidenote, but it was giving me so many Reign vibes lolz i didnt even finish s1 and the entire time i was picturing Duval as Bash and i think that made me love him infinitely This is what I want to be An instrument of mercy, not vengeance 4.5 stars


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    When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice Initial Final Page Thoughts.Well, I thought I was going to hate that quite the opposite.High Points.Ismae Breton courts Nuns The coolest convent EVER Saints The genre my first historical fantastical adventure very exciting Death s handmaidens 13th century gadgets Poison Saints Horsies Beast Anne Secret passage ways Traitors Secrets Corruption A kiss can be deadlier if you mean it Chess games that could give Ingmar Bergman a run for his money Court dandies Soul searching Scars Marques Dreams Low Point.Lessons on Womanly Arts really OK Hmm, the love interest romantic situation was Interesting More on this later.And in regards to this situation there was a lot of unnecessary boy induced angst But again on this later Soooo much elbow grabbing Is this a new thing Do men really have a thing about elbows I m not sure I m on board with this new craze Heroine.OK, I loved Ismae She was such a fantastic and original character and a fabulous narrator She is definitely the kind of girl you would ring up if you were in the depths of boy despair and needed someone to shake you out of it because she has these dry observations that were absolutely hilarious.Example Are men truly such idiots that they cannot resist two orbs of flesh Oh, and did I mention she has bracelets that contain thin wire so she can GAROTTE men who dare to venture into her web of brilliance And a headband full of poisonous pearls AND a knife that fits into her corset Yeah, Wonder Woman would be jealous of Ismae s gadgets The only thing that annoyed me about Ismae was the way she suddenly forgot that she was amazing whenever Gavriel loped onto the page Issy can I call you Issy No Tough he touched your waist when he helped you off a horse and you completely lost it GET A GRIP, WOMAN, YOU RE AN ASSASSIN JUMPS AT MAN S TOUCH IS PROBABLY NOT IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION.Maybe you should have attended your Womanly Arts class She has a dagger in her booties that can kill a man with a single touch but she turns into a quivering lamb when he grabs her elbow or looks at her in a smouldering way No, honey Just no Love Interest.Sigh OK, I ll be fair There was so much eye rolling in the first few chapters that it wasn t even funny BUT it did get better and there were a few scenes that made my Northern heart thaw a little.I think when an author wants a dramatic Jane Rochy kind of relationship it has to be full on romantic peril There has to be moments where the reader is chomping on their nails to find out whether they will get together or not There were no moments like this and my nails were left intact, which is good because I ve just painted them a lovely colour It was so very obvious that these two would get together and it seemed everyone in Brittany and probably France could see this, except the two of them.And they are both supposed to intelligent and fiery but they sometimes came across as quite dim But like I said, it got there eventually I know a lot of people will love the relationship and how it develops but I m cynical and crotchety and I like to whinge.So even though the beginning was ridiculous, it did win me over eventually and it was very sweet in an Oh, my lord, I just fell into your lap Whatever shall we do now way I just could have done with y know looks over shoulder and lowers voice sex It did amuse me, though, to think of the scene in the sequel when Gavriel meets Ismae s dad So you re dating my daughter Um. yes I mean no With respect sir, I wouldn t um. do anything I mean um Yes Yes I am You d better not hurt her Because if you do I ll kill you Death shares a look with Ismae and they chortle while sharpening their knives that could fit comfortably in their underwear Gavriel laughs too as he wets himself Awkward Theme Tune I want to love you but I better not touch Don t touch I want to hold you but my senses tell me to stop I want to kiss you but I want it too much Too much I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poisonI think this song has a lot of relevance to this story of Death s handmaiden and her quest to save a duchess from traitors and staying to true to herself and her beliefs while falling in love with a Fine, whatever You come up with a song that is relevant to a story set in the courts of Brittany in the 13th century.That chorus though, it s pretty apt Think about it Think about it.Boy Angst Scale.10 10 I think I ve pretty much covered this in the above sections There is a lot of simpering moments that seem completely out of character for both of them.I mean it didn t make me mad as such.Just a little bit disappointed.But I guess that just shows how much I love Ismae when she was brilliant Sadness Scale.8 10 But I m not saying anything else in case of spoilery badtimes Recommended For.People who like historical and fantasy fiction People who are looking for a series that isn t overly paranormal and dystopian but still awesome People who are proud of their scars People who wish they could have had a thin wire hidden in their bracelet People who think men should wear armour and joust People who need lessons in womanly arts People who would like a sassypants crow to deliver their messages for them People who think religion needs gadgets People who would like to learn how to gavotte People who only know there s only one way to check for poison thoroughly GET YER KIT OFF, SONNY JIM I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers.You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog here.


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    Ugh I couldn t finish this I tried and tried so far but eventually the inevitable happened.I may be harsh I don t consider myself harsh , I may be an asshole I don t consider myself an asshole , I may be a hater I m totally a hater but I DNF d the bitch And it felt so damn good I was fair though I gave it a 100 page trial, stuck to it like the good little girl I am and couldn t even handle it And to think page 100 was like 35% or something inside the book 35% Imagine how much left until it was done I d have to chew off my own fingers in order to bear with it.Why did I hate it I have two big assed reasons One, it s shit boring Two, it s an Assassin s Creed rip off And a really bad and boring did I mention boring one Now let me expand my hatred a bit.My relationship with historical books is amazing Yep So amazing that I tend to spill acid on them each time I play mad scientist dress up And that s a lot considering the pile of ruined books lying in the corner of my room.Then why choose a historical book in the first place Easy, because I thought it s Young Adult.Yep I fell straight into the trap It was the fucking cover Does that look like a Historical Romance to you And I presume it s Historical Romance since some people on Goodreads added it to the Young Adult shelf Thank you guys, you rock But back to my covers Just look at it Does this resemble any of the following I thought so I look at the Grave Mercy cover and I see Young Adult I read the Grave Mercy ebook and I see bullshit The silence feels thick and awkward to me, but any attempt to make small talk seems equally so Wondering if he feels it too, I sneak a glance in his direction and am appalled to find him watching me We both wrench our eyes away, and even though I am no longer looking at him, every part of me is aware of his proximity, of the faint heat coming off his body in the damp autumn air, of the scent This woman is killing me How can she be so lifeless She s skipping the best parts Does it have action Throw it to the pigs Is it boring Put it in the damn book Make it difficult for Anzu to finish the damn thing But of course Anzu is an idiot and will try her best to read it Ugh When I look a title like His Fair Assassin I think of hold on to your seats folks, I m sure you weren t expecting this assassins A huge surprise there, is it not So as I was saying, before I rudely interrupted myself, assassins An assassin is a wicked cool person with amazing murder, stealth and weapon skills who uses them in order to remove certain obstacles that get in the way of their happiness A book about assassins is supposed to be murder action stealth blood brains filled At least in my opinion It was logical that I would expect this from title Why it was filled with boring details and lacked action I have no clue.Which reminds me Did you guys play the Assassin s Creed games Read the books Am I the only one who smells the theft of many elements from the game First the Reverend Mother who is a female version of Al Mualim, the covenant is the creed, Ismae is Alta r In Assassin s Creed they get their next target s name through carrier pigeons, in Grave mercy they use a blind lady who reads it in chicken bones and feathers The Tears of Mortain have done their job well, for I am certain there is no spark of life burning behind that door. Eagle vision much What the hell At least if it was cool I wouldn t mind it, but they are running the story You don t ruin the Assassin s Creed story and get to live.Ugh I so much wish the cover had a shirtless dude on it Then I wouldn t have been tempted to read it.


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    4,75 5 stars When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice Grave Mercy was such a lovely surprise It is surely one of the most memorable Historical Fiction YA books with fantasy elements there is I cannot recommend this series highly enough Ismae is not your typical young adult heroine She lived her whole live under care of her brutal father, and if not for the convent of St Mortain, she would live the rest of her life with abusive husband Based on her experiences, Ismae think that every men is the same and for that gladly joins the convent to be Death s handmaiden and serve His will It is surely a batter future than the one she was supposed to have.Ismae is simply amazing She has strong opinions and is than capable of taking care of herself She is an assassin.There are also some very interesting secondary characters Good intentions are only lies the weak tell themselves I will not be caged Sybella It is this kindness of his that unsettles me most I can dodge a blow or block a knife I am impervious to poison and know a dozen ways to escape a chokehold or garrote wire But kindness I do not know how to defend against that I was little bit sad that the actual assassin training wasn t quite shown Ismae s life with the nuns was shortly described and I was hoping to see of the actual poison and combat training Nevertheless, the beginning was very imersive and gripping After training, Ismae gets her first assignment, which she manages with ease and no questions But her third task is much harder then even the abbess anticipated.Ismae gets herself in the mids of intrigues and political machinations right at the court of Brittany She starts to question everyone around her and soon finds out that maybe, the only person whom she can truly trust, is the one she wasn t supposed to The one convent sent her to spy on, Duval I have no better plan, my lord In truth, I am sorely disappointed in my god s justice so far Duval stares at me a long moment, his eyes bright as if with fever Perhaps that is because you mistake death for justice, and they are not the same thing at all The middle of this book was a little bit stretched I m not going to lie, it is not always fast paced, but rather slowly revealing, intriguing and mystrious story with lots of spying at court You can t be sure whom to trust The prose is also worth mentioning, as it was absolutely beautiful and well suited the story.AND I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN Grave Mercy has the right amount of romance Ismae s relationship with Duval is swoon worthy and amusing from the beginning blended with political intrigue, court life, poisons and killing.If you enjoy stories set in the past, gorgeous prose and interestingly balanced romance, politics and kickass ness, as well as if you re interested in reading about Assassin Nuns I m sure everyone is a bit interested in that I sure was and am not in the least disappointed , then Grave Mercy is meant right for you The body on the ground is nothing than a shell, a husk, and I am filled with a sense of peace Yes, I think Yes This is what I want to be An instrument of mercy, not vengeance.


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