Monday, April 2, 2012
Author: Robin LaFevers
Rating: 1 star
Summary: 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?
Review: I got through exactly half of this book before I couldn't take it anymore. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I mean, assassins and a god of death? Awesome! But instead of being awesome, all that happens is Ismae struggles with her crush on Duval. Will they be together? Will they not be together? Who cares; I want less romance and more ninja assassin action. Not only that, but the author made i very clear that pretty much all the girls at the convent hate men, yet the focus of the book is on the romance between Ismae and Duval. Also, not nearly enough time was spent at the convent, which was very disappointing. Focus, on the convent full of assassin nuns, not the annoying romance. Another thing is why didn't the nuns rescue Ismae sooner? They had girls as young as five years old at the convent, so why would they wait until she was married to bring her to be trained? Two other things are that the beginning was rushed; in ten pages she was married, rescued, and had arrived at the convent. The second thing is that when the book starts, Ismae is thirteen, and through the rest of the book she is seventeen. The problem with this is that she seems like an adult throughout the whole book, even the beginning. Why won't anyone write good, romance-free YA assassin books anymore?