Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Age Recommended: 14 and up
This book was definitely very detailed and on the longer side but I genuinely enjoyed it, especially because it was honestly very empowering to see women as assassins and in positions of power as opposed to the male stereotypical assassin.
Ismae is being forced to marry someone who she doesn’t love. Her “father” is very eager to get rid of her, especially since she has a long bruise down her side that will never go away. Moreover, the bruise is a sign that she is a daughter of Mortain, the god of death and having a person of that lineage in one’s family could harm their reputation.
On the night of their marriage, Ismae’s husband finds out about her bruise and realizes that Ismae’s father has tricked him. Enraged, he tries to murder Ismae but she runs away and finds sanctuary at a place where they train the daughters of Mortain on how to become assassins. The abby, where Ismae learns the fine art of vengeance, is lead by an abbess who claims that she has communicated with death himself and that her orders come from him alone.
Ismae accomplishes her first few missions with ease, but eventually, she is sent on her way to a mission in the royal court- a mission that could very well get her killed. Ismae is sent to kill people with a special mark on them. Mortain marks people for death but the person that Ismae is looking to kill does not have that mark on him, and Ismae begins to question the principles of the abby and her fellow assassin followers.
Furthermore, Ismae’s target changes to a man whom she might be in love with and she can’t bear to see him die, much less kill him herself.
Which will Ismae choose? Her family or her love?
If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)