Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
“Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly 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?” (Goodreads)
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The synopsis is amazing and makes it sound like a fantastic and action packed story. Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t the case. I am going to keep this review short and sweet.
There were times I thought about dnfing it because I just didn’t care about the characters. I found myself having a hard to connecting with them. For me, I need some sort of connection to the people I am reading about no matter how interesting the plot is. Ismae and Gavriel were just ordinary characters with nothing that really made them stand out to me.
The plot was a cool concept. I liked the idea of training to be an assassin and doing the bidding for others. It’s fun and I had hoped for some good action because of it. It never gave me that wow factor and a majority of the time it was just rather boring with little substance. There is also a lot of focus on the budding romance and it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Overall, the writing is nice and it had a interesting concept for a plot. The lack of connection to the characters really made me not care for it. It may also be that since it is mostly a historical fiction, I find myself having a hard time with them. I know that others have really enjoyed this series and I wish I would have to.