Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Released: 2014
Source: Library Audiobook
|Going into the His Fair Assassin, I didn’t know that this series will follow three different heroines. Coming out of Dark Triumph, specifically, it was such a great way to develop the world. Grave Mercy follows Isme, who is the reader who is completely new to the world of the convent of Mortaine and to this version of medieval Britain and France specifically. Sybella, on the other hand, is a little bit more ingrained to the noble courts. In this third book, we meet Annith, who was a central friend to Isme and Sybella and a bit of a mystery. Everything is spoilers, but wow she has such a compelling arc.
I really liked the presentation of her intimate knowledge of the convent and the tension between her serving her lord and her own wants and needs played out. Of the three books, this one features the most supernatural elements. The Hellaquin were terrifying, a French version of the Wild Hunt. In addition, we get to see more of the other orders worshiping different gods, and the different idealogical tensions there made for some fantastic world-building.
Characters from previous books really make this series cohesive, despite not following the same character’s point of view from start to finish. The romance, much like in the other two, was compelling and swoony. Plus, it absolutely blew my mind once the third act twist comes.
If you want court intrigue, murder, loose pagan mythology, and a whole lot of female characters who are strong in a variety of ways, do not miss His Fair Assassin.