Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Katie has been waiting for this book for a really long time and it was everything she wanted it to be. Lucky for you, it's out now, so you don't have to wait!

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Every so often a book comes along that manages to mix together all my old favorites (historical fiction--check; romance--check; touch of fantasy--check) and produce a result that is every bit as fantastic as expected while still feeling fresh and new. And by fresh and new, I am referring, of course, to the medieval assassin nuns.

Seriously.

Fathered by Mortain the God of Death, the first seventeen years of Ismae’s life have been anything but easy. Rejected and feared by society, abused by her stepfather, and bought by her husband, Ismae is a stranger to belonging. When she is brought under the cover of night to a convent of nuns off the coast of Brittany who serve Mortain, they make her feel welcomed for the first time by inviting her into their world--a world where they carry out Mortain’s work as assassins.

Ismae embraces her new role as a handmaiden of death, makes friends with the other assassins in training, and yearns to be of value to the convent and their God. Only when her orders take her outside the convent walls and into the treacherous world of political intrigue does she realize that death may not be the straightforward path that the nuns taught her to believe. And she soon finds herself choosing between the people who saved her from her past and the man who may be her future.

Robin LaFevers has brought 15th century Brittany to life in all of its messy glory. Ismae and Duval are caught up in a web of lies and scheming and political machinations that seem to thwart them at every turn. With Death always looking over their shoulder, Ismae’s quest to do her father’s bidding will take them down a road lined with treason, suspense, romance, and finally, mercy.

In short, who needs vampires or dystopian futures when you can have your history with a side of knife-wielding nuns?

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