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?
So, I used to really dislike historical novels, I found them to be boring but I think I just wasn't giving them a fair chance because I've been loving historical novels lately, including this one! This takes place in 1400 France, I loved the setting. Castles, cloaks, assassins, hot dukes!
Grave Mercy is a fairly big novel, about 550 pages and it's not exactly action packed. There is some action in it, but it's not what I would call a fast paced novel at all. It has quite a bit to do with politics, but while there are a few slow points, it's never dull! It kept me intrigued and interested as to what was going to happen next. More betrayls and deceits were revealed in every chapter, it made you want to keep reading and find out what's what!
Ismae was a great main character. She was kind and brave, it was easy to connect with her! I liked that she had her own mind and was willing to do whatever it took to discover the truth and to follow her heart. Her and Duval were perfect for each other, they complimented each other so well and I loved their interactions.
Overall, this was a beautiful historical fantasy! I fell in love with the writing, the story, the characters. I definitely look forward to continuing on with this series.