Review: ‘Grave Mercy’ by Robin LaFevers

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Grave Mercy’ by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3rd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 549
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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?

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Intrigue. Murder. Politics. What more could you want?

Ismae gets rescued by a priest from a future with an abusive husband. The two journey to the convent, and is trained by the church to do St. Mortain’s work. But most of all she’s an assassin who is marked by Death himself. She slowly gathers the trust and respect of her fellow mentors and is finally assigned on a mission.

I won’t say what that mission will be just because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but let me tell you this book was long, yet I couldn’t put it down. I’m not a historical fiction fan. Probably because I haven’t read a great book that’s kept me awake and entertained, until I read Grave Mercy.


Nun assassins trained in combat, and poisons, and seduction?? Now that’s a book that caught my interest!! This was a well written book. I enjoyed Ismae’s journey into the world of espionage, all set in the country of Brittany. There’s romance in this book, that’s enough to keep all romantics happy. At first it’s obvious they’re falling in love, but the readers know it, and the character doesn’t. Ismae is not your average female protagonist. She’s strong, stubborn and beautiful. And the way she hones her powers to take down a life, amazed me.


I enjoyed reading Grave Mercy! Assassin nuns and girls who are trained by Death itself?? Yes sign me up!





  1. Sabrina

    August 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    YAY! I LOVE this book. I’m so glad you enjoyed it as well. <3
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    • Giselle

      August 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      I think it’s time to do a re-read! Just in time for ‘Mortal Heart.’

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  3. Cali W.

    May 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Wow 5/5 ! There are a lot of good reviews for this book. I like that she is an assassin.

  4. leighmarbella

    January 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I’ve heard great things about this book. Haven’t had the time to read it yet though. Will read it soon. Awesome review btw.

  5. Grace Lo

    October 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    This book, while with its own flaws, was very enjoyable. I liked the fantasy-historical-ish setting a whole lot, even though I felt Ismae was a bit too pro-feminist for the setting. Nevertheless, this book is not a disappointment!

  6. Alyssa Susanna

    October 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    This book was near-flawless in my opinion. I know so many people loved this book because it was refreshing and different from most YA books coming out or that came out. Historical fiction novels are few and far apart, especially the really good ones. Grave Mercy is definintely one of the really good ones. I can’t wait for Dark Triumph!!! Thanks for the review!!!!

  7. Pamela

    April 9, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Will definitely read this!

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