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
Ismae is one of Death's daughters. She has a large red scar on her back to prove it. When Ismae's father gladly gets rid of her to an arranged marriage with a nasty old man, Ismae... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Aneta
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
My first impression of this book when I held it in my hands was, "Whoa, this is a BIG book"- and it is, clocking in at over 500 pages (549 to be exact). Read morePublished on May 21 2012 by Avery Greaves
Ismae lives in 15th century Brittany, France. She escaped her abusive father and abusive husband, and arrived in a convent run by nuns who worship Death Himself. Read morePublished on April 13 2012 by Chloe B
I was actually having a reading slump until I read Grave Mercy; as soon as I started it I was taken away by the story and was thoroughly absorbed into the book. Read morePublished on April 12 2012 by Fantasy's Ink
I have to admit, I was intrigued when I read the tag line for this book: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? And then to see the book was about assassin nuns... Read morePublished on April 6 2012 by Coreena