Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Enter the world of female assassins and join the daughters of Death in this first book of the New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers. Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes a brutal arranged marriage into the sanctuary of a convent of assassins serving St. Mortain, the deity of death--but for a price. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Kristin Cashore, and Victoria Aveyard.Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?...

Details Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

TitleGrave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance

Reviews Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

  • Lola
    ‘‘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 mélanges when the two of them are present in a novel. The s...
  • Rick Riordan
    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 joinin...
  • Emily May
    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 more 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 a...
  • Wendy Darling
    4.5 stars Absolutely spectacular, and everything you'd expect a historical YA novel about assassin nuns to be. Love love love!
  • Catie
    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 more 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 b...
  • Steph Sinclair
    Actual rating 2.5 starsGrave 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 ...
  • Jo
    “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. Tra...
  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    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%...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Grave Mercy is the improbable tale of an assassin-y murder-nun, Ismae, on a mission to rescue the Duchess of Brittany from a fate worse than death – a really disgusting old, pervert man. She’s joined along the way by a studly lord-type person, Duval, in order to defeat evil (the French), crown the Duchess, and get laid.So on the positive side there’s court intrigue, crossbows, britches untied and skirts hitching and all those kinds of shena...
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    What a pleasant surprise this was! Grave Mercy won me over in chapter one and I was unable to put down Ferguson, my Kindle, until I finished it. I always have troubles getting through the middle part of a book, but that was not the case here at all. I stayed up very late to finish it and I didn’t regret it for a second.After being abused for her entire life by her vicious father and then married off at fourteen to an equally vicious husband, Is...
  • Arlene
    Five Solid Stars!When I was reading Grave Mercy, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the life lessons I learned from the nuns I went to Catholic School with. Now keep in mind, they weren’t the skills Ismae was exposed to at Saint Mortmain's convent, so maybe I should start off with a brief comparison. See, I was taught:To walk like a bird, not like an elephant. Keep my ankles and knees together when I sit.My school tie is not to be used as a ...
  • Sophia
    me halfway into this novel: wait. this isn't a fantasy? this is historical fiction. mixed with fantasy. and it's pretty dang great. the main character is an actual assassin who actually kills her assignments (shade), but the plot is mainly about political intrigue, complicated alliances, and preserving a nation's independence. there's a really nice romantic lead, too!!
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: starting Grave Mercy things were going swimmingly . . . “You would not expect a queen to wash her own clothes or lace her own gown, she has handmaids for that. And so it is with us; we serve as handmaids to Death. When we are guided by His will, killing is a sacrament.” My inner bunneh was all like . . . But then the MC was given the assignment that I thought would be the dri...
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    *4,7/5 stars*“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.” Grave Mercy is my first Historical Fiction and I'm definitely not disappointed and would read this genre a lot more in the future!Ismae is not your typical YA 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. Ismae...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    ➸ Book 2 : Dark Triumph ✮✮✮✮✮ ۩ This is the kind of book you eat and forget most of the details just after reaching the last page, because if there's a new event at each chapter, you quit on the feeling that nothing happened. Actually if Grave Mercy is by no means a bad book, I wasn't impressed either. What surprises me the most is how an original concept as Assassin nuns can lead me to feel slightly underwhelmed. I guess that expect...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.” Battered and abused for the majority of her life, Ismae is saved right after her wedding ceremony from a disgusting man and sent to a convent of Mortain's, the God of Death. There, she is schooled in the art of being an assassin and dedicated to carry out his work. For 3-4 years she is trained in many different ways to kill a man, and when s...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2.5 stars. I'm just not that into this. I thought a book about assassin nuns/a group of killer women who live in an abbey would have a bit more action.It's mostly a rather annoying main character who hates men because of a traumatic past and wants to kill them all... yet spends most of the story obsessing over a guy. The romance kind of became the main focus and didn't really work for me. The idea of her being the daughter of Death was unique, bu...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    October deal $0.99 on Amazon I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed the political intrigue and different heroine. This one is more Political while the next in the series has a lot more action. Still Assassin Nuns are always interesting.Original Review:This is an interesting YA novel as it is set in the 1400s so it is somewhat historical but at the same time fantasy. There is royal intrigue, plots, strange customs and dangerous women.Isma...
  • Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead
    This book was outstanding. You have all the fun elements- a young "kick-ass" female assassin gifted by the God of Death, a potential love interest, court politics, revenge, mistrust, and so on. In addition, you have a beautiful tale of a girl’s personal growth. Watching Ismae go from a naive young girl, who blindly follows, to a smart thinking young woman, was the best part of the book.Update-3/11/12I was going to write more for this review but...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comOne Word:I freaking loved this book and I am buying it for damn sure! This is a long drawn out book and I wasn't bored not one time...NOT ONE TIME!!! Ismae's mom tried to rid her in the womb with poison from a herbwitch and all of this did was give her a scar and make her a daughter of St. Mortain..the god of death! When she is older her dad sells her to a horrible man who was trying to make her do her wifely d...
  • Gail Carriger
    The series premise: three girls from different backgrounds are deemed daughters of death and taken in to a mysterious convent where they are trained as assassins, called death's handmaidens. Each is then sent from the convent into the politics of late 1400s Brittany where they find self confidence through love, purpose, and place in society.The writing: rich period color, first person perspective, strong voice, some graphic violence, modest sex s...
  • Deborah Obida
    Buddy reading with Kelsey My Dec tbr twinThis is really going to be a short review, based on the fact that 3 stars review are just so hard for me to write most times and also I didn't enjoy this book even though it was okay.As glad as I am that I enjoyed this book, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. The book lacks action, in depth depictions of things that happened in the book,some things were just too rushed for my liking.I love the...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    3,5 starsSuch an interesting read.I love the story and the main character.Seems like a start to a great trilogy.I enjoyed reading about Ismae's adventures and I love how she developed as a character.There's action,there's a bit of slow-burning romance which I definitely liked,there's a lot of scheming and there are many interesting historical facts.The supporting characters are very interesting - Duval,the Duchess,Sybella etc.Yes,the writing and ...
  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.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 trus...
  • Glass
    Don't you love when by some weird luck you discover a book that manages to surprise you? And it is not even kind of a book you would usually read? That is exactly what happened to me - first two books of His Fair Assassin trilogy were available on NetGalley, I saw both countless times on my friend's blogs or social network's profiles and I just couldn't miss an opportunity to read them myself. The story. Young girl escapes from unwanted marriage ...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Book Grrrl ⚔
    Update: This is on sale for $0.99 US Amazon 22 OCT 2016 - If you have not read this trilogy and like historical fantasy romance, I HIGHLY recommend this! Sooo good.This book takes place in the 15th century. Ismae escapes from a brutal arranged marriage and is taken to the convent of St. Mortain, the god of death. There, she is trained to be the god's assassin. Ismae is then sent into a dangerous game of politics and betrayal at the court of young...
  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    A history of (paraphrased) reader responses to Grave Mercy.Oooh...assassin nuns!Love the historical setting!Yawn. This is boring.The romance is a nicely handled but I wish there was more.I hate that there's even a romance in this book.No, really? Is this book still going?I could eat up every single word on the pages!Maybe there's a few parts which drag but I'm still really liking it.Forget this. I'm done.Polarizing books are nothing new. In fact,...
  • Natalie Monroe
    "I am a handmaiden of Death. I walk in His dark shadow and do His bidding. Serving Him is my only purpose in this life, and I have let my annoyance drive that duty from my mind. I will not let that happen again." Like Truthwitch, Grave Mercy is a book I should have loved. It's got an interesting historical background and assassin nuns. Assassin. Nuns. I'll just let that sink in.Unfortunately, the premise doesn't hold up. The beginning is the bes...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    Grave Mercy is a fantasy novel that feels like historical fiction. Our heroine is a young woman in 15th Century Brittany who has always been cast in the role of victim, until she is delivered to the Convent of St. Mortain, the God of Death who masquerades as a saint to appease the newer Christian church. Now she is the wolf instead of the prey. Ismae is believed to be the daughter of this god, since she even survived being poisoned in her mother'...
  • Anne
    3.5 starsMedieval story about a group of assassin nuns. Well sort of. They're not really nuns, but they live in an abbey and refer to each other as sisters. There's a paranormal twist to it as well, since they were all fathered by Death. Or I guess more accurately, the god of death.Be warned, there isn't as much action as you might think, and unless you're at least slightly interested in political intrigues you might get bored. It held my attenti...