Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pub Date: 4/3/2012
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Grave mercy is a rapid paced, mind boggling young adult book. Ismae has been sold into marriage by her father to an abusive husband. Her mother died giving birth to her after attempting an abortion which has left Ismae with a large, red scar. A local hedgewitch helps Ismae escape across the country to a convent. Upon arrival, the mother superior informs Ismae she is a daughter of death and the convent interprets his signs and acts on his behalf in the death of others. Three years go by and Ismae has been trained in the killing arts. After being sent on several missions, she accompanies a rugged man to the high court of Brittany where she must protect the future duchess against a court full of intrigue. As supporters fall away from the duchess, Ismae finds herself torn between her devotion to the convent and the growing affection she feels towards Duval (the rugged young man).
Memorable or Forgettable: Grave Mercy ties together a believable world of ancient gods, medieval politics and the pressure of Christianity in Britain. Although Ismae is a rough character, she maintains an admirable independent spirit.
Cover: Rough cover, the catch phrase "Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?" really captures the reader.
Age Range: 14-17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal