Before I start my review, I want to let you know that this was my third time reading this book. With the disclaimer in mind, I hope that this review still stands out to you. I decided to re-read this series after Mortal Heart came out, but didn’t get around to reading it until now. I must admit that I loved it the first time that I read it, I loved it the second, and I still love it the third. This is high praise from me, considering that I rarely ever re-read books, and if I do, I generally don’t enjoyed them as much the original time.
Robin LaFevers is a seamstress who can weave words and spin them into beautiful webs of deceit, love, suspense, and mystery. Many of my favorite quotes come from her novels. For example, here are some of my favorites:
“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”
“It is this kindness of his that unsettles me most. I can dodge a blow or block a knife. I am impervious to poison and know a dozen ways to escape a chokehold or garrote wire. But kindness? I do not know how to defend against that.”
“Whenever you are ready, or if you never are, my heart is yours, until Death do us part. Whatever that may mean when consorting with one of Death’s handmaidens.”
“Perhaps that is because you mistake death for justice, and they are not the same thing at all.”
If you couldn’t tell by those quotes, the writing in this book will reel you in and keep you hooked until the very end. Every setting was described in details that leave nothing to the imagination. I honestly felt as though I was inside of the novel, viewing the surroundings, and listening to the conversations that took place between the characters.
Speaking of the characters, each and every one in Grave Mercy came vividly to life. There was not one character who I couldn’t imagine in real life, nor was there a character who seemed flat or one dimensional. Then again, when books include assassin nuns, a young, sweet duchess, a grotesque man with a heart of gold, and other extremely unique characters, that’s what you would expect, right? Well do not fret, your expectations will be met and more. From start to finish, this book was absolutely amazing.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5/5stars.