Houghton Mifflin/historical fiction, YA
Release Date: April 3, 2012
“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?”
This book was amazing! It had a great balance of creepy and romantic. If there’s too much of either I usually won’t like the book. It kind of reminded me a little bit of The Blood Confession, but not as dark.
I also found it very helpful that LaFevers included in the front of the book a list of all the main characters which really helps when trying to keep all of the different members of the Breton court straight.
My Verdict: Read it! I wouldn’t suggest this for people who are easily frightened as death and high treason are common recurrences in the story, but I think historical fiction fans will really like this book. I can’t wait for the next book in the “His Fair Assassin” series Dark Triumph.
**A B-I-G thank you to Claire at Claire Reads for hooking us up with our own copy of this book!**