Wednesday, October 24, 2012
His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
The TBF Committee, Elizabeth and I want to thank you for helping us raise money at the Read-A-Thon! You guys are WONDERFUL!! We are so excited for TBF 2013 and we hope you are too. If some of you are anxiously waiting for May to come, don't look any further. The fun is just getting started! For teens on Facebook, help TBF get 1500 "likes" by 1/1/13, the TBF Committee will have to dance Gangnam Style at the opening assembly, in front of everybody! So spread the news to your friends!
Okay, back to the book review.
I read His Fair Assassin: Grave Mercy about a dozen times since it came out in April 2012. So you can imagine my reaction when I found out the author, Robin LaFevers, was coming to TBF 2013. This book is recommended for older teens however younger teens are allowed to read it too. Here's the description:
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
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?
One of the many things I love about Grave Mercy is the time period. It is set around the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Brittany. When I read Grave Mercy, the writing is so crisp that I feel like I'm time-traveling. Besides it being a historical fiction novel, the book has a little of everything; a little piece of mystery, suspense, action and romance.
For fans of Katniss Everdeen, you'll be cheering for Ismae and other heroines through the entire book. Like Katniss, Ismae is strong, independent and stubborn. They believe that expressing any type of emotion and asking for help is weak. However, both characters are extremely kind-hearted, protective and admirable. Ismae is such a wonderful heroine that I wish she was my best friend!
On that note, put Grave Mercy on your TBF to-read list and you're be ready for an adventure and one sleepless night from reading underneath the covers!
For more info on Robin LaFevers and His Fair Assassin series go to http://www.robinlafevers.com/ You can also "like" the Facebook page too! https://www.facebook.com/#!/HisFairAssassinSeries?fref=ts
Find all Robin's books available in the Monroe County Library System here.