June 13, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
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I have had this book for several years and I remember reading it a couple of years ago. I had recently found the second book at Half Price Books and figured I needed I reread the first book as I didn’t really remember a whole lot about the book. So, onto the review.
“Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?” An intriguing line if I do say so myself, and it seems to be the main theme for the book and for the series. The book starts out in the French countryside at the wedding/wedding night of 17-year-old Ismae, a girl who wasn’t wanted from birth. As she escapes the brutality of her life to the life of a convent of St. Mortain, one of the old gods; the god of death to be specific.
At the convent, Ismae learns that she is the daughter of St. Mortain, she is a daughter of death and being a daughter of death means she has dangerous gifts to use at “St. Mortain’s” discretion. As Ismae learns how to harness her gifts, she sees that St. Mortain still has a hold in the land that seeks to disavow the old gods.
After Ismae has learned as much as she can, the convent sends her out to earn her wings essentially. Her final test before she can become a full member, assassin, of the St. Mortain, takes her to the high courts of Brittany. She’s dreadfully unprepared, not only for impossible choices of what she has to do with her gifts. As she tries to figure out what it is she is supposed to do, what her convent that saved her life want’s her to do, and what St. Mortain, her father, wants her to do.
Altogether, as I started rereading, I remembered what I actually liked this book. I liked how much Ismae changed and grew, and learned to think for herself. Yes, it is good to give some deference and respect to someone, especially if they help you avoid a dangerous situation. But, Ismae kind of shows what happens when you only see the good in someone like that, and you kind of refuse to see the bad/not so good things. There was good character development of Ismae in my own opinion, and I enjoyed reading a little bit about France and the revolution going on there.
Do you like reading historical fantasy/fiction books? If so, what time period do you like reading? Comment below and let me know!