This book is phenomenal! The moment I started reading Grave Mercy I knew that it was a lot different than anything I’ve ever read before. It’s set in a different time era (more than a few hundred years ago) and it starts out with a really horrible scene. In fact, the scene was so horrible and I felt so bad for the main character (Ismae) after that opening scene, that when Ismae is then taken to a sanctuary and discovers that she will become a trained assassin, I was absolutely thrilled! Isn’t that weird? That I should be happy that a character will be killing people? And thrilled that the character is the daughter of Death Himself?
I absolutely adored Ismae. She’s a very well developed character, and I loved every moment when she’d excitedly start looking for the first sign that would tell her when and who she could kill next. I actually caught myself giggling a couple times over these moments. And she is one kick butt heroine! There were quite a few characters that I also grew to care for or admire later on, but I don’t want to talk about them to avoid spoilers.
The romance in this book was very well developed. And I think it was developed in a way that is just right for Ismae because of all the horrible experiences she’s had with men in the past. And the way the romance was intertwined throughout the story was just the perfect touch.
I do want to touch on the writing in this book! Robin LaFevers writes beautifully! The whole story flowed very well, and I was easily sucked into the world Robin created in Grave Mercy.
The way the story ended was fabulously done and the whole book (and ending) have me craving for more. But I’m even more thrilled that we will be getting the story of a girl-character named Sybella in the sequel Dark Triumph. She was only briefly introduced in Grave Mercy and each moment she pops up in the story is so brief that I’m craving to know what the heck she’s up to.
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The heroine is someone you can really root for. She does not whine and constantly make awful decisions and that in and of itself is a breath of fresh air. The romance and sexual tension is thick but its doesn't cloud the story and feels true to someone who has spent their entire life fearing (and killing) men. All in all it was predictable (at least for me) but I really enjoyed every minute of it.
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The book's got a great romance that develops over time and it's not the typical YA insta-love. The setting is brilliantly brought to life and the hero and heroine ones you can truly root for! the concept itself is magnificent and it got me hook from the very first sentence. It never let go!
Kristin Cashore's Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue.
There's a scene towards the end where I though all was lost... It had me gasping and clawing and hoping for a happy ending.
The heroine comes off as typical modern American and not historical Breton this is possibly due to the narrator but the at least it is in part due to how the character is written.
I am, still thinking about continuing the series. Besides a glaringly obvious foreshadow and the random inclusion of some french (would have liked much more) it was a good story.
The book is set in what is now France, would have at least liked an attempt at french accents.
This is not the normal type of book that I go for but I was looking for something different. I loved the way the author spins the story and look forward to other books by them.
I loved the aspect of 'death' having many meanings. I loved the character development through the book and look forward to reading more.
I did not enjoy the way Erin read male characters. It was actually a bit hard to overcome in the beginning. If the storyline wasn't so additive I may have moved on to another book.
The narration was a little juvenile, but the book was ok. I did finish it, and it passed the time.
Historical fantasy wonderfully written and completely engrossing. Looking forward to book 2.
Enjoy the world of politics and St Mortaine.