Review | Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publication: April 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Bought it
Series: Yes, His Fair Assassin series, book one

Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars

Synopsis: 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.

Ismael'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?

-From Goodreads

Review: I have no idea what in the world took me so long to finally read this book. I'm very happy that I have finally read this (and almost finished the series). I was really surprised with this story and how much I liked it. With all the hype and the concept of assassin nuns, I really wasn't sure where this story was going to go. But there's so much more than assassin nuns that makes this story awesome.

One of the things that I loved was the world, and the mythology behind the world and the Gods that are in this world, such as Mortain that the assassin's serve. The story goes deeper as you read and I kept feeling myself falling further and further into the world and the story. 

A favorite aspect of course, (no surprise here!) is the romance. Oh Duval, you, lovely man, you. What a match this ship makes and I'm completely all for it. I love the character development throughout the story as well. Not only do we see Ismae growing and maturing through the novel but we get to see glimpses of other characters as well.

I didn't really expect to have court politics being a part of the story, but it was really interesting to read into how things were happening in the court along with Ismae's story. It brought a dimensional element to the story and really built up for the next books without feeling like it was overwhelming.

Since reading this one, I've read Dark Triumph and am currently very close to finishing Mortal Heart, so be on a watch for those reviews coming very soon! :)

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think of the world? What about the romance, the assassins or any favorite (or not-so-favorite) aspects of Grave Mercy?