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Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of the Tantalize series:
"A delectable simmer of intrigue and ferocity, passion and compassion. Grave Mercy sates and fascinates, even as it leaves you craving more."
Elizabeth Bunce, author of Starcrossed and A Curse Dark as Gold:
"Chilling, deftly plotted, and with a thread of subtly crafted romance. Readers will be seduced by LaFevers's deadly snare of haunting magic and courtly intrigue."
Laura Whitcomb, author of A Certain Slant of Light:
"Atmospheric, romantic, and gripping."
Ten Teen Reads You Can't Miss, Entertainment Weekly.com, October 2012:
"Prepare to enjoy LaFevers' tasty court intrigue and one badass heroine."
Starred review, Booklist:
* "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."
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews:
* "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."
Starred review, Publishers Weekly:
* "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."
Starred review, School Library Journal:
* "The book is well written and filled with fascinating, complex characters who function realistically in this invented medieval world."
Starred review, Shelf Awareness:
#3 on Kids' Indie Next List, spring 2012
An Amazon Best Teen Book of 2012
Robin LaFevers 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.www.robinlafevers.com
Fast, entertaining and just enough court intrigue to keep you thinking without bogging you down in excess. Interesting premise, didn't realize at the time but could be for teens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by an artist
This had some pretty awesome character arcs in it!! Gripping political intrigue, I really didn't know who was good and who was bad it kept me turning the pages!Published 5 months ago by Josie
I started off thinking I wouldn't like this book, as it didn't interest me for the first few chapters but then it gets intense and so much more interesting and fascinating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T
This series was fascinating - her ideas seem original enough - her writing clear, concise, and creative - her characters are real role models for women in their own way and in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ginette Corrigan
This book was fantastic! The story drew me in immediately. The main character, Ismae, has a great strength of character that I really admired. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lea
Absolutely brilliant! I really enjoyed book one in this trilogy and look forward to Dark Triumph! Very clever premise. Thoroughly enjoyed that story.Published 21 months ago by Harmony
This book brought me in with its beautiful cover. At first it didn't seem too good but as I read on I become completely addicted. This book was a very pleasant surprise. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2013 by Carol
Read in June, 2012
Ismae is a daughter of Death. He is worshipped as a saint/god at the place she is taken to safety after a horrible arranged marriage. Read more