Goodreads Review: Grave Mercy (by Robin LaFevers)

I really want to get back into reviewing and blogging about books, but it’s one of those hobbies of mine that come and go. However, I wanted to share this one because I really liked this book! Even moreso, I liked the fact that it was outside my usual genre and it still did a good job of holding my attention

Also, I am a sucker for romance, and after coming off of some pretty hardcore steamy contemporaries recently, the sweet subtlety of the love story in this book was a nice change. This was the first in the trilogy, and I’ve already started the second, so I hope to report that the trilogy stays strong. Stay tuned.

Note: As with many of my book reviews, I’m not good about summarizing the plot since I can’t do it as well as Goodreads can, so just click the link to read the synopsis. 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book and the second in the series (review to come soon) through NetGalley. I’m not a huge fan of historical or political novels, so the fact that I really enjoyed this novel (which is both) speaks to how well-written and entertaining it was.

The premise of daughters/assassins of a death saint was interesting, and the religious angle of the story was interesting, well thought out, and helped lay the foundation for the actions of the main characters. I especially liked the aspect that an assassin didn’t have to hide the fact that they would have to kill someone marqued by the lord of death. It turned out to be a quirk of the world that had a bigger part later in the story.

The characters themselves are well written, and the author did a good job of maintaining the mystery of who some of the good guys and bad guys were. There were characters I would have liked to see more of, though I’m assuming they’ll be part of the other books in the trilogy.

The author was careful to include just enough politics to keep the intrigue of the story and to keep the plot moving. There were times that dragged a bit for me, not in the pacing, but in the content since the genre isn’t my first choice. What made up for it was the romance that threaded through the story and the sweetness with which the hero and heroine found themselves coming together through the novel. By the end of the novel, though, I was caught up in the whole plot and am excited to read the next book.

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