Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
This is one of those books that you ponder and mull over in your mind days after you are finished reading it, it was that interesting/intriguing. I love books like this were it really makes you think. At first I had a hard time with the concept of assassins nuns. Their whole mission to do Lord Mortains (Lord Death)will was hard to swallow. How do they know what his will is? Hmm do they....? In a christian world today this was hard to digest at times, but....once I put it all into context it helped. This story opens in Brittany 1485 the clans of this region were still in the process of switching from Pagan Gods to Christianity. Lord Mortain for this story is a Pagan God of Death, and then becomes Saint Mortain of this particular Abby.
From the very first page I was hooked, I wanted to know what would become of this girl who had suffered and endured such sadness, pain and heartache. The first few pages were really intense, and Ismae isn't a strong women at this point, but she is a survivor. As the story progresses we get to watch Ismae grow and turn into a smart independent thinker, strong, she losses her naivety, she learns that she is of worth and is lovable. She ends up at St. Mortain's Abby, were she is asked if she wants to serve Lord Mortain. In doing so she will be called upon to be his mercenary. She excepts and is put on trial, and away the story goes. There is plenty of political intrigue, assassinations, murder, suspense, romance, and self discovery to make one fly through these pages. The story really did just flow beautifully from page to page, I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to know what would happen next and how it was going to happen. Mrs. LaFevers weaves a wonderful tale that I completely enjoyed. The characters all had depth and felt real to me. The plots were intricate and simply woven, for a very nice climax and ending. I have to talk about a few of my favorite characters besides Ismae. I really liked Annith, she was smart, witty and a good friend to Ismae. Sybella was another favorite, who was constantly misunderstood in my opinion. She was portrayed authentically, she was strong, good friend, and a survivor. I felt sorry for her and the situation she was in. Duval, swoon, loved him....that's all I am going to say about him.
Quite a captivating tale, can't wait for the second book.

language: not much
romance: abusive husband, know what's happening but no details, murder, Lord Death you feel is a good guy when in reality this particular character of death has others kill for him instead of letting nature take it's course so to me he is still on the side of evil, this could be confusing to younger readers. Recommended adults and older teens.

Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing and Netgalley

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