Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers was a lot of fun to read! It's a YA fantasy novel with a little bit of romance sprinkled in. The main character, Ismae Rienne, is the daughter of Mortain, the God of Death who has been downgraded to a saint by a church-dominated society but who is still worshipped by many. Her father despises her as the evidence of her mother's affair with Death and sells her in marriage to a cruel man who nearly beats her to death when he discovers her true paternity. She escapes, with the aid of an herb-witch and a hedge-priest, to a convent of nuns who are dedicated to the worship and support of Mortain where she becomes an initiate and learns the ways of Death. Once she is trained she is dispatched to protect Brittany's 12 year old duchess and to bring Death to those who are Marqued for it. Along the way she meets Gavriel Duval, a Breton noble, who is also devoted to the young duchess. Together they must find a way to preserve both her throne and her life.