Praise for Grave Mercy
Atmospheric, romantic, and gripping.
—Laura Whitcomb, author of A Certain Slant of Light
With characters that will inspire the imagination, a plot that nods to history while defying accuracy, and a love story that promises more in the second book, this is sure to attract feminist readers and romantics alike.
—Booklist, starred review
LaFevers’ ambitious tapestry includes poison and treason and murder, valor and honor and slow love, suspense and sexuality and mercy. A page-turner—with grace.
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Rich in historical detail, well-realized characters, political machinations, and enticingly prickly scenes between Ismae and Duval, LaFevers's complex tale incorporates magic both sparingly and subtly. This powerful first volume of the His Fair Assassin series should attract many readers.
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
The book is well written and filled with fascinating, complex characters who function realistically in this invented medieval world.
—School Library Journal, starred review
A delectable simmer of intrigue and ferocity, passion and compassion. Grave Mercy sates and fascinates, even as it leaves you craving more.
—Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of the Tantalize series
Prepare to enjoy LaFevers’ tasty court intrigue and one badass heroine.
—New York Times Book Review
A rollicking historical romance with a formidable female protagonist bound to win the hearts of teenagers—and maybe moms too!
Start with the medieval action and mystery of a Tamora Pierce novel, throw in some 007 License to Kill action (only the assassins are nuns!) and add two duty-driven and proud main characters involved in an achingly denied romance. . . . This triple threat of entertainment is unputdownable.
An exciting tale of courtly intrigue with a fatal twist. Ismae is a delightfully dangerous protagonist — wry, brave and unpredictable.
—RT Book Reviews
Historical fiction and adventure readers alike will tear through this series opener about killer nuns, treason, and, of course, romance.
Filled with great battles, small plots, and romance, Grave Mercy captures the Middle Ages. A fantastic read!
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of Year
A Book Page Top Ten
Summer Reading Book
A Top Ten Indie Next Pick
A SCIBA Book Award Finalist
A YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (Nomination)