Note: Until I get caught up, Thursdays will be reviews of books I read some time last year and never reviewed. They will be closer to mini-reviews than regular reviews.
Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LeFevers
Narrator: Erin Moon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audio: 14.2 hours
Publisher: Recorded Books
Source: Library (I think…)
Book Rating: 3/5
I read this awhile ago, so I was going to use the publisher’s summary and then I remembered that I didn’t like the publisher’s summary because it sort of gave away a plot twist WAY down the line, so here is my attempt, many months later, at telling you what this book is about.
In 15th Century Brittany, Ismae is meant to marry a brute of a man when she is saved and delivered to the convent of St. Mortain. She chooses to stay at the convent and serve St. Mortain, the god of death as one of his assassins. She is given an assignment in the high court of Brittany, during time of great political turmoil, where she finds treason, lies, and, potentially, love.
Once I understood that Brittany is not Britain and that, at the time this book is set, it was a region trying to maintain its independence from France, things made a lot more sense (I will not tell you just HOW far into the book I was before having this realization). I highly recommend reading the Wikipedia page on Brittany before starting this one if you are not a history buff.
The setting is, obviously, new to me and it is full of plenty of things to keep this book interesting. Politics, alliances, treason, family, love – it certainly didn’t lull. At the same time, the book didn’t grab me for some reason I am not able to explain.
I am not even going to pretend I remember what the audio production was like. But I would remember if it’d been awful.
Yet another book I NEED to add to my every growing and overflowing TBR. One of these days, right? I’ve heard really wonderful things about it, even from a hard nosed friend of mine (she’s not that bad but she is a pretty critical reader).
I tried to read this when it first came out and I just couldn’t get into it. One day I will have to try again.
I listened to this one too last summer when it was free from audiobook sync and was pretty underwhelmed. I think I overhyped it, based on all the good reviews. It seems like the type I might be able to reread in a few years and like better.
lol, I have soooooo many books I didn’t review last year, but I’m trying to play catch up too (and keep up with what I’m reading now). I have thought about reading this book, and I love audiobooks so that might be the best way. Thanks for the head up on Brittany, that will definitely help!