Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the His Fair Assassin series.

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Ismae has known nothing but hardship and brutality in her short seventeen years. With the help of a hedge priest, Ismae is rescued and brought to the nuns at the convent of St. Mortain. The convent serves the old gods and Ismae soon learns that she has been blessed with a gift from Death himself, the ability to see Death's dark mark upon those he has deemed treacherous. Along with the other initiates, Ismae is trained to be an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death, a journey which takes her into the heart of the royal court of Brittany. There she is charged with keeping the young Queen safe not only from the power hungry nobles of the court but from the treason lurking within her own royal family. Ismae's task leads her to not only to question the motives of those around her but also to challenge her own devotion St. Mortain and her place with the convent.


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“In the name of St. Mortain, the god of Death, killing a man is justified. Each with their own special ability, girls from around the land are called upon to train to be assassins in his name. Ismae has her own power, one very useful for killing men who have sinned, especially those who have wronged women. Full of intrigue, romance, and blood-racing action, Ismae's journey is one to remember. The next book in this series cannot come fast enough!”
— Hallie Wilkins, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL


[set star] "Fiction and history coalesce in a rich, ripping tale of assassinations, political intrigue and religion. . . . 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." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage to the respite of the convent of St. Mortain. Here she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. But how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who has stolen her heart?

About the Author

Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin books, was raised on fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in California. Visit her online at and on Twitter @RLLaFevers. 

Praise For…

A Kirkus  Best Teen Book of 2012(star) "With 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, this is sure to attract feminist readers and romantics alike."--Booklist, starred review

(star) "Fiction and history coalesce in a rich, ripping tale of assassinations, political intrigue and religion in 15th-century Brittany. ...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." --Kirkus, starred review (star) "Rich in historical detail, well-realized characters, political machinations, and enticingly prickly scenes between Ismae and Duval, LaFevers's complex tale incorporates magic both sparingly and subtly. This powerful first volume of the His Fair Assassin series should attract many readers."--Publishers Weekly, starred review (star) "The book is well written and filled with fascinating, complex characters who function realistically in this invented medieval world."--School Library Journal, starred review "Readers will immediately warm to Ismae's determination to think for herself despite the powerfl influences of multiple others."--Bulletin "LaFevers is an artful storyteller who has created a strong lead character....The tale is one of scheming nobles, political subterfuge, murder, and romance—all of the best aspects of a good read. And like any good mystery, the plot is unpredictable." --VOYA
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544022492
ISBN-10: 0544022491
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: His Fair Assassin