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Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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Why, you ask? Well that's what I'm here to tell you.
This book started in the exact right place. You get an insight into what makes Ismae who she is-a poignant one-that doesn't last for more than a few pages before you get to what you know you really want to read about, the killing nuns. However, those few pages are important, done well, and really allow the rest of the book to be accessible. The book is in the first person, and at first glance Ismae isn't exactly a narrator like Sophie from the Hex Hall books. However, because you know where she's coming from, her matter-of-fact way of speaking makes sense and connects the reader rather than repels them. And makes her dry sense of humor that much more awesome.
Speaking of characters, few books have such a solid cast of background characters such as this book. Even the characters that you didn't see that often were well written and not stereotypes. From the younger duchess to Duval's second-in-commands, I was in love with every single one of them-even the villains! (In fact, in places, especially the villains.)
I'll admit, after reading Illuminate by Aimee Agresti Grave Mercy scared me because of its length. It's 549 pages long. However, every single one of those pages was well used. Plenty of assassin stuff goes on, as well as plenty of intrigue and plotting.Read more ›
The heroine, Ismae, was really great. She is kick-ass in a rather subtle way. She's not overly so, but her cleverness lends a hand, making her a force to be reckoned with. She's very strong, despite a very troubled and painful past. She acts very much according to how she's been taught and I found it very realistic. Her internal struggle is fascinating. I loved watching her question what was right or wrong, as well as who she could trust. Her "abilities" and skills were very interesting and added to a very rich storyline. This is what makes the story loosely fantasy, but definitely not enough for me to actually label this story paranormal.
Ismae's hero, Gavriel Duval, was an awesome character. He was loyal, strong, true, and just a pleasure to read about. He deals with an internal struggle nearly as much as Ismae does, but his deals with several outside conflicts. He is very family-oriented - every bit of politics in this book goes back to his family. His romantic side is very sweet and I loved seeing him with Ismae. He is the first man to every really treat her respectfully and not in a completely horrible, hateful way. It's easy to see why she is drawn to him and their romance is very believable.
The supporting characters are extremely rich and well-written. Duval's friends are fun to read and quickly make you want to be their friends, as well. Duval's family and the rest of the political characters are fleshed out and each has a very distinct personality that is really fun to read.
The plot is where this book truly shines, however.Read more ›
For starters, I loved how this was like a historical fiction with some magic wrapped into it. There is nothing like taking the past and adding something to make it lively because, as a historian, the past can be boring and so can historical fictions that just don’t understand how the past really happened. I think I would actually liken this to a sort of Game of Thrones lite. Sure there are no dragons or things like that, but there is that element that this could have been the past if not for the crazy mysticism.
I adored the characters almost right away. Of course there was some getting used to what the hell was going on and adjusting to who all these people were. Its hard to deny that when you have such a complicated plot and so many different character. That was my biggest problem I think that there were a few characters that I couldn't keep straight, namely the high lords that were all kinds of wrapped up in the plot.
I adored Ismae and her strength in the face of everything that could go wrong that did. I really enjoyed her getting to know Duval and how even though she was sort of told not to trust men, she clearly trusted her gut which was much more important.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Grave Mercy was such a pleasure to read. There are many elements that make it a good YA fantasy novel — special powers, political intrigue, romance. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Jessica
I am an avid reader of historical romances but many read the same way, Grave Mercy was something far different! Read morePublished 11 days ago by busy mom in midwest
I really liked this book. At first it was a slow pace to me, but then I got sucked into the plot. I wanted to know more about what was happening to the characters.Published 11 days ago by Tamara
So surprisingly good and refreshingly original. Awesome mix of history and magic. Couldn't put it down! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Maia Mello
I enjoyed this book so much. The author's style kept me interested and intrigued. I highly recommend this book. I have already started the 2nd in the trilogy and can't put it down.Published 12 days ago by Tracy and Jim
What befalls someone when consorting with one of deaths own? Death, betrayal, romance, action, and of course a little humour here and there. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
The idea of the story interested me at first but the book was lacking in details. A lot of the book skimmed over things. Read morePublished 23 days ago by chelsea
I love this series. When I say that is my third favourite book I mean the 2nd book in the series is my 1st favourite, the 3rd, my 2nd, and finally this one as 3rd. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amelia Smith
I am a little late beginning this trilogy, but I enjoyed the first book and it probably won’t take me too long to catch up.
What I liked: The characters. Read more