If a book takes place in a castle, the odds are pretty good that I’ll like it. If there’s political intrigue involved, even better. Add in a romance, and I’m all set. Grave Mercy had all of that, so I’ll bet you can guess how much I liked it.
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?
This book was a thick sucker. I’m the first to admit I tend to steer away from long books, but the thing is, this one didn’t feel long. I was sucked in the whole time, and I felt like all those pages were put to good use. I wasn’t even tempted to start skimming, which is usually my automatic reflex for long books, so that’s saying something. The political intrigue was just so well done, and while I had my suspicions about who was behind all the devious doings in the castle, I was never sure enough that I could call the book predictable.
Ismae . . . I wouldn’t necessarily say I liked her, but I did admire her and didn’t have any issues with her as a narrator. I think she was just a little too hard-core assassin for me. I like my main characters a little more self-deprecating and with a little more humor. I totally realize that those characteristics wouldn’t have fit with Ismae or the story at all, but it’s just one of those personal preference things that kept me from fully connecting with her. She totally kicked butt, though.
Duval was a swoony enough love interest to suit me, and I love that his and Ismae’s romance was drawn out and rocky—that tends to be my favorite kind. I had a hard time getting a read on how old he was supposed to be, though. Older than Ismae, I know, but I wasn’t ever really sure by how much. A niggling complaint in the grand scheme of things, but a complaint all the same.
Overall, an awesome book that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, which is about one of Ismae’s friends. If it’s anything like Grave Mercy, it’s going to be a good one.
Rating: 4.5 / 5