Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers!!!

Posted January 30, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 16 Comments

Grave Mercy
Robin LaFevers
Release Date: 04/03/2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Received From: NetGalley
Synopsis:

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?


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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.

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16 responses to “Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers!!!

  1. Wow, I loved this book when I read it but that’s high praise indeed! I can count the number of books I’ve reread and enjoyed as much the second or third time around, on one hand!

    Also, I love those quotes, the “When one consorts with assassins” one is my favorite. Happy reading. =)

    • Yes, it definitely is high praise, but it deserves all the praise it can get! 🙂 I completely agree- I rarely ever enjoy books after re-reading them 2 or 3 times, but this book is special.

  2. I feel like I’d love to re-read all three books one after the other! Maybe I need to plan that for a re-read soon! Great review Nori! It says something really good about a book when it makes you want to read it 3 times!

    • Yes, I wish that I could have done that. For right now, I’m going to try and read 2 and 3 together, but that might have to wait for a little bit. You should definitely re-read the series soon. 🙂

  3. goldenfurpro

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! But I read it so long ago! And I have yet to pick up the others! Maybe it’s time for me to reread them myself 🙂

    • Yessss! Re-reading great books is always fun! I have read the second one, but not the third. I’m going to try and re-read Dark Triumph soon so I can finally read Mortal Heart. 🙂

  4. “Robin LaFevers is a seamstress who can weave words and spin them into beautiful webs of deceit, love, suspense, and mystery.”

    Then I must read her books. NOW. 😀 I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Robin LaFevers’ work in general, so this helped to seal the deal. Would you consider her work YA or adult fantasy? I don’t have a preference for either, just curious to see where her writing falls on the “spectrum.”

    The quote you shared have a sort of Tolkien / Middle-earth-ish quality to them. At least, that’s what I thought when I first read them. Archaic yet poetic.

    • Yes, you MUST read her books! They are absolutely incredible. I still need to read the third book (Mortal Heart) but I am going to re-read Dark Triumph first. I would consider her work to be YA. Yeah, I honestly don’t know how to put her writing style into words- it’s just gorgeous. Make sure to let me know what you think when you finally read them!

  5. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    I’ve got this one on my tbr pile. I’ve heard such good things and whew yeah you make it sound good.

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