Wednesday 27 June 2012

Book Review: Grave Mercy By Robin LaFevers

Name: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Anderson Press

Summary: Young, Beautiful and Deadly.
Trained as an assassin by te god of death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared- not only for the 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?
A dangerous romance full of intrigue, poison and ultimately finding one's way.

Review: When I first heard about this novel I was intrigued but I wasn't sure I'd like it. 
But me being me I decided I would give it a go and I completely loved it, now I honestly cannot wait for the next assassin instalment.
As I've said before and I will say again NEVER judge a book by it's cover, I've now read two books that I nearly didn't bother with and I loved them both and 'Grave Mercy' is one of those novels. 

Ismae is a loveable character in the strangest of ways, she's had a really hard life thanks to many of the choices her father has made for her. 
I say she's had a hard life the girl is 14 years of age, but all of her short life she's had many troubles.

I cannot imagine being sold off to an older man at 14 years old. 

Let's face it I'm 28 and I would freak out, Ismae put up with her fathers cruelty and then her husband to be Guillo who was just as bad, until she was saved by the convent.
Ismae always knew she was different but as the book progresses she finds out a lot more about herself and her family history.

What I loved about this book was the unlikely love story that became one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. 

As I have said Ismae is a lovely girl who is very troubled and because of that she's quite cautious. You cannot blame her look at her experiences with her father and her husband to be Guillo. 
Gavriel Duval is the most unlikely hero. 

What really got me about 'Grave Mercy' was that it challenged me as a reader. 
One minute I was thinking one thing, and the next I had a whole new thought process. 

You'd be liking characters and then thinking well actually I don't think you're a good person.
Gavriel Duval was that sort of character one minute you were in awe of him the next you were hating him.

Women go through these horrible situations in everyday life and this book emphasises their struggles. 
Some women are tougher than others but if they're taught how to take care of themselves without relying on anyone else then they can survive anything.

Ismae was so shy and cautious to start with. As her story went on she became a confident woman and a confident assassin. I don't want to come across stereotypical but I never visualise a woman as an assassin. 

I've always been an independent woman but I don't think I could've put up with what Ismae did. 
Robin writes in such detail about how an assassin is trained and how they kill, as a reader you are at the heart of the action throughout.

I cannot wait to see how the rest of the assassin series plays out but I hope Ismae features some more she is the sort of killer I would like to be. If I had as much reason as she does, I'd like to think I would be a fast learner like Ismae.


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