Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3rd 2012
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
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?
It’s never fun to be the black sheep. But when you’re the black sheep for a book that you have ached to read and has been sitting at the top of your TBR for months, it’s just plain wrong! Sadly a book that had Danielle written all over it, I mean hello! Assassin Nuns?! just missed the mark for me and I was left feeling decidedly cold and utterly bored by the time I heaved myself over the finish line and thanked the gods it was all over.
GRAVE MERCY started out promising for me and I loved the mythology behind Saint Mortain and the nuns coupled with one of my favourite book settings – France (Brittany) and I thought I was on to a winner. I think my main issue was with the “heroine” Ismae. I simply couldn’t warm to her. She was too…prickly for me. Her constant observations on everything and her belief that she was always right grated on me.
There seems to be far too much telling and not enough showing in this book which frustrated me to no end. Although I do have to give the book props for featuring a character who is an assassin who actually did some assassinating unlike others who shall remain nameless…*cough*Celaena*cough*
The introduction of so-called swoony Duval who was a grade A dullard did nothing to help the situation. The “romance” was just a big snore for me and bordered on ridiculous as one minute Ismae can’t stand him and the next can barely stand upright from coming down with a case of the vapours over every little thing he does. Given that 99% off my friends gave this book four stars or more, I am willing to accept I may have fallen asleep with my hand on the kindle and accidentally missed most of when the plot actually happened but that may be wishful thinking.
Either way this book makes me cranky and I’m afraid I’ll break my keyboard if I continue angry typing so let’s just say it was blah and call it a day. Blah!!!!!