Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

You guys. You guys. You guys. Apparently, there is a YA reviewer living in my area. My best friend and I made a trip to our local used bookstore of choice and found ARCs for books that both are and aren't out yet. She left with Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Illuminate by Aimee Agresti, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (which I am currently reading the final copy of); I left with Slide by Jill Hathaway and this book right here: Grave Mercy by R.L. LeFevers.

About the book? It just sounds like a great idea. Excuse me while I try and track down my local YA reviewer so I can beg them to pass on their ARCs to me instead of the bookstore. (Not really track them down, but I would love to meet them.)

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Grave Mercy
by R.L. LaFevers
April 3, 2012
509 pages (hardcover)

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?


  1. I hope this one is as ridiculously good as it sounds, because that premise is pretty incredible.

  2. Ismae is hard not to like, considering her rough childhood and ability to reinvent herself with the help of the nuns at St. Mortain. Her struggles easily transcend time and place so will likely appeal to readers of all ages. Duval is equally sympathetic and might garner this book some young male readers with an interest in knights, castles, intrigue, and hot chicks wielding weapons. And the supporting cast, goodies and baddies, are nuanced and, in many cases, fascinating.

    My hope is this book will at least inspire a few young women (and men) to do a little background research on the real Anne of Bretagne/Brittany and get the full scoop on her sometimes tragic/sometimes triumphant life...perhaps launching a life-long interest in medieval history.


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