Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Librarian Cameo

Our own Miss Holly has contributed this review of a fabulous book that I'm enjoying reading right now. Thanks Holly!

"Until now, I had never read a gothic romance, and actually probably wouldn't even have been able to tell you what a gothic romance was. But as I was reading Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers, I thought to myself, "This must be a gothic romance," and indeed it is. In 15th century Brittany, thirteen-year-old Ismae Rienne narrowly escapes being sold for marriage to an old boar of a man and instead ends up at a convent. But this is not your typical convent. The nuns here serve the god of death, Mortain. Three years later, Ismae is a trained assassin prepared to carry out Mortain's wishes. Her first two assignments end successfully in her eyes and the eyes of the convent, but not so much in the eyes of the darkly handsome and very angry Gavriel Duval. She has stumbled upon a plot against Brittany and the duchess Anne and has interfered with Duval's investigation of the traitors. Who is this Duval? Ismae does not know, but in order to discover more about his allegiances, the convent assigns her to pose as his mistress, something about which neither Ismae nor Duval is pleased. This tale of intrigue and romance will keep you guessing about what is going to happen next."

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