Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Review of Grave Mercy By Robin LaFevers

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.

As I said, this was a lot of fun to read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy adventure.  The characters are well developed and the reader is sucked into a world where a strong, young woman finds a place and some independence in a world where women are valued at about the same rate as a good horse. This is definitely something to be put on your to-be-read list! :-)


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