Author : Robin LaFevers
Series : His Fair Assassin
Genres : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : April 3rd 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Synopsis : 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?
I really enjoyed this book ! There’s a slight fantasy aspect perfectly mixed with historical fiction !
It takes place in Brittany, before it was won by France, right during the war for their independence ! I found it highly interesting !
The main character, Ismae has been trained by her convent to become a skilled assassin, in order to achieve Mortain’s will. On her first important mission, she is sent to get an eye on Duval, and finds out whether is truly is a traitor to the Duchess.
Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?
It’s not solely centered on the romance, far from it. The historical aspect is the most important part, in my opinion. And it is perfectly mixed with action scenes and romance.
I learned so much while reading it ! The romance is quite nice, too. It’s not forced on us as it can sometimes be, you know ? It’s very cute and feels very natural !
Another thing I really enjoyed was the fantasy aspect added to this book. Mortain, an old God siring young girls so they can become his weapons, his hands !
Good intentions are only lies the weak tell themselves.
It’s pretty slow paced at the beginning but it’s only so the back story and history can be explained to us. This book is also about politics games so you can’t expect a fast pace with these scenes haha !
It’s beautifully written and the characters are really convincing !
- Ismae is a very interesting characters. She has such a character’s development. At the beginning she is very obedient to her reverend mother but she quickly learns to think by herself and to trust her own instinct. Highly skilled in poisons, she is lso very talented when it comes to killing.
- Duval is such a gentleman. He doesn’t trust Ismae but will protect her at all costs ! Once he realizes she is worthy of his trust, that she isn’t blinded by the what the convent taught her, he treats her as his equal.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it ! If you’re not used to reading fantasy, that can be a perfectly good pick to start !
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