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?
Setting: The setting of Brittany in the middle ages is rich and the author does a great job at describing the various settings, from Ismae's childhood village, to the decadence of the palace of the duchess.
Ismae and Duval: Ismae and Duval's romantic relationship grows throughout the story and I liked that it grew gradually and their attraction to one another is evident from the start but they didn't immediately fall in love with each other, which is refreshing.
Politics: Okay, so this part didn't bother me since if you know me, or follow me on twitter, I like politics but a friend read this book and found this aspect dull but tolerable. I didn't find the politics at all a problem or tedious to read about but it does play a substantial part in the plot and I thought it would be fair to mention it.
Grave Mercy is available now and you can grab a copy here.
Check out my review for the other installments in the series:
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3)