It's almost painful to read the glowing reviews for this book because I want the book NOW. Robin LaFevers has written a winner, combining historical accuracy, romance, and subtle fantasy in a story critics and readers are loving. GRAVE MERCY is the first in the His Fair Assassin Trilogy and has received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal.
Publisher's Weekly says that the author "makes an outstanding foray into historical romance with an enthralling recreation of 15th-century Brittany." School Library Journal gives readers an idea of the premise: "Ismae Rienne, born with an ugly red scar, is believed to have been sired by Death himself, and, when she escapes from her abusive husband on her wedding night, she finds refuge in the convent of St. Mortain where handmaidens are prepared to carry out Death's wishes," and praises the book as "well written and filled with fascinating, complex characters." Kirkus writes:"LaFevers’ ambitious tapestry includes poison and treason and murder, valor and honor and slow love, suspense and sexuality and mercy. A page-turner--with grace." Booklist says the story will "attract feminist readers and romantics alike" with its "characters that will inspire the imagination, a plot that nods to history while defying accuracy, and a love story that promises more in the second book."
Book bloggers have also taken to GRAVE MERCY. Feeling Fictional writes: "This story is full of mystery and political intrigue that had me turning the pages as fast as I could." Reading Rants comments: "And make no mistake, this is a very good book, full of backstabbing politics, duplicitous double crosses and back-room-deals gone bad."
Robin LaFevers' website: http://www.robinlafevers.com/