Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Assassins, Historical fiction, Strong women
Dates read: 21st – 27th January 2019
Publisher: Andersen Press
5th sentence, 74th page: It could mean nothing; it could mean everything.
Young, beautiful and deadly.
Trained as an assassin by the god of death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared – not only for the fames 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?
A dangerous romance full of intrigue, poison and ultimately finding one’s way.
I picked this book up ages ago. Because of a vague recommendation on Goodreads. And then I kind of forgot about it. Until this week. And now I’m kind of sad that I had forgotten about this amazing novel for so long. And currently don’t have the spare funds in the budget to buy the other two books in this trilogy.
I’ve only recently started getting into historical fictions. It’s not a genre that I had ever considered before, but after meeting a few authors who write in the genre and realising that I’m fascinated by history. Especially British history, it’s a subgenre that I’m slowly going to expand on. I also love when these historical fictions use figures and moments that are really potent in our history (I say our, since my family hails from the UK and I feel some weird kind of connection to it). In the case of Grave Mercy, Anne of Brittany and all of the political ruminations and squabbles that surrounded her life are utilised. It gives the storyline an extra level of reality and connection.
There is something about assassins that I always thoroughly enjoy… especially when they are female assassins, slight young things that can whoop anyone’s ass. Placing such a character in a period in history which is often characterised by the lack of respect and autonomy guided to women made a much better contrast. One of the best messages I have read in a long time was wrapped up in this idea. As two very similar women face off, the protagonist realises that they are very much the same. They have faced the same lack of choices and indecisions. Yet, they became completely different people with what they had before them because of the choices that they both chose to make.
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