I didn't care for Sybella in Grave Mercy but I ended up loving her a lot more than Ismae once Sybella's background and character was more fleshed out....moreI didn't care for Sybella in Grave Mercy but I ended up loving her a lot more than Ismae once Sybella's background and character was more fleshed out. Sybella's family is cray, that's all I have to say.
Finally, after months of waiting, I finally got my hands on this book! Anything that Loretta Chase writes, I will gladly pick up. Her books are always...moreFinally, after months of waiting, I finally got my hands on this book! Anything that Loretta Chase writes, I will gladly pick up. Her books are always so fun and entertaining with a sprinkling of drama here and there but nothing too melodramatic. The heroines she writes are usually strong and confident with themselves, which are my favourite types of heroines.
This is the second book in a series revolving around three sisters and their attempt to conquer London high society with their amazing gowns and dresses. With Marcelline, the eldest sister, already achieving her HEA, the spotlight now falls on Sophy, the second eldest and the sneakiest out of all of them. Her role in Maison Noirot is to sell not only the clothes, but also to sell the whole Noirot brand with strategic article placements in the papers. It's all work, work, work for Sophy.
The Earl of Longmore, the brother of Clevedon's former fiancee, Lady Clara, is your typical idle aristocrat with a taste for brawling. He is very much like a typical hist-ro hero and is nothing remarkable until he interacts with Sophy. The two of them play off each other really well and serves to make Longmore more likeable to me.
Verdict aka tl;dr: I like this book a little bit more than the first one, and Sophy was the main reason for it. Longmore was meh, but utlimately a great guy who is great for Sophy. (less)
I don't know why I put off reading this book, I really don't. I just remember seeing the cover and reading the blurb and thinking 'Oh, that's nice......moreI don't know why I put off reading this book, I really don't. I just remember seeing the cover and reading the blurb and thinking 'Oh, that's nice... maybe someday.' I'm grateful that I finally decided to pick it up, though, because it was well worth the read.
This may not be everyone's cup of tea because Grave Mercy is a 15th century historical romance with fantasy and politics. There is much emphasis on the historical and political part so if keeping up with court politics in fiction is not something you'd like to be a major part of your reading, then maybe this isn't for you.
Personally, I loved the court intrigue and the political machinations of the Duchesses courtiers, and how the convent of St Mortain and its mysterious ways shaped the story. Of course, the romance between Ismae and Duval were the main part of the story, but it is their surroundings that add richness to the story between them.(less)