29 October 2012

Review: Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy
Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really can't help it - I'm drawn in by books with great covers, and this might be my favorite YA cover ever. Girl in a flowing dress with a frickin' crossbow?!? How can you not look at this book and say "yeah, this is gonna be awesome," right?

This book was awesome. I loved this so much, it's become an instant classic for me with so much detail and drama and action and a great, different magic system...just a rock solid piece of fantasy literature.

The concept is great. A girl escapes an arranged marriage and is brought into a convent where she is trained to be an assassin. She's given magical powers by the god of death, and is sent to assassinate a member of the high court. It becomes a cat-and-mouse game of violence and treachery, with magic always in the background.

I had one minor quibble, which came at the end and makes sense in the context of the story but felt a little unnecessary, especially for an otherwise great young adult book. It wasn't nearly enough to make me dislike the book, and the sequel simply cannot come out fast enough for me. If you like fantasy, if you like old-style settings, if you like unique magic systems, this is really worth reading. If you don't, read it anyway, because you're just depriving yourself of some great stuff.

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