Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: April 3, 2012
Escaping from the brutality of an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary at the convent of St. Mortain. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. She will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death—yet in order to claim her new life, she must be willing to take the lives of others. But how can she deliver Death's vengeance against a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?I really only need to know two things about this book: it has nuns as trained assassins for the god of death and is set in medieval France. Just... YES. Also, I have to admit, I'm kind of a sucker for that whole "I was sent to kill you, but I love you!" trope. As if that wasn't enough, everyone who's read an advance copy seems to rave about it! It sounds like it really stands out from the crowd.
And the sad thing is, I actually had the chance to read this book from NetGalley-- but the file wouldn't load on my iPhone, so I ended up having to let it expire unread. Then, months later, the publisher made it available on NetGalley again for a brief 48 hour period, but I missed it! I know, I know... play the world's tiniest violin for me, please.
It's okay, though-- I'll rally. The publishing date will be here before I know it, after all! I'm definitely ordering a copy for my library, and can't wait to get my hands on it.
Watch the book trailer and read an excerpt at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's official Grave Mercy site.