All teen and kid member reviews for Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book 1

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHeq073198 May 23, 2012

MUST READ!!!

Y'ALL HAVE TO READ THIS IF YOU ARE READING THIS BOOK. SEXUAL CONTENT IS EXTREMELY PROMINENT. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, and it is one of the most time-worthy reads I have ever devoured. BUT readers need to know, seduction is the main element used by the assassins to trick the men so they can get close enough to kill them. Sister Beatriz discusses rouging Ismae's *cough cough* so as to complete her rouse as a coquette noblewoman. Discussion of making a poison that will "make a man's member shrivel and fall off." The tubers and roots used to make this poison are described as looking like said body part. Ismae describes hearing her father at night and calls him "loud". Blood from a wound is seen on sheets by a maid who assumes is Ismae's from her first encounters with intercourse. Ismae "lies with" Duval, and they kiss passionately (with tongue), encounters that are described as "lusty". Ismae sleeps with Duval to absorb poison from him, because she is immune, thus taking it out of him and deluding it to harmlessness. It isn't loveless sex though. The reason Ismae does it is because she loves Duval, and has to save him. She wasn't instructed by the convent to do it, it was of her own accord and decision. So I guess you could say the method in which she saved him had its... perks. My goodness that sounded terrible, but it's true. So this book IS romance. It is not "foreshadowing for the second novel" it is a passionate love story with physical encounters. And the rape scene was not even remotely as disturbing as this review makes it out to be. Violence with minor gore. The horse was not "stabbed and killed", it was a bloodless death to spare her the long agonizing death of poison. The knife used had the power to kill with a simple cut, so that is all that was used. Drinking of wine and men are often drunk. A poison makes a man appear to be in a "wine-sodden sleep". Also, its take on religion is unique. They worship the "saints", whose descriptions remind me of the way the Greek gods were worshiped. This is quite possibly the best book you will ever read, so I highly highly highly highly recommend you read it! Just wanted to give you the heads up that this review failed to do!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byAndreea Diaconescu May 4, 2016
Grave mercy is a great book. The novel is filled with many historical details, mostly about medieval France, Brittany. The story is extremely entertaining and nice because it has got some positive role models, positive messages and it is really educational. However, there was lots of violence. The book is about a girl -Ismae,17- that has been forced by her father to marry a man that was trying to abuse her. In the novel there is lots of killing taking place, but also a great love story
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byMythos_Magic November 16, 2012

Disappointing

well, I thought it would a lot better written. there was a lot of unnesssary death. Ismae's father was the one who wanted her dead, not her mother, for reasons never given he draged her mother to herbalist to get Ismae exsplled from the womb. after her mother and sisters die, her father forces her to marry someone only meantioned in the first chapter. she ends up becoming an assassain. after killing 2 people just becase she told too, she is sent with Duval, she still kills just because she told to. after Duval gets poisoned she figures out that she can save him by having sex. :( not what I was looking for. than on top of all the that her saint is her god.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking