Amazing. Veronica Rossi ended this book perfectly. Aria, Perry, ROAR, Sorren, Brooke - they all seem to find their (somewhat) happy endings. (view spo...moreAmazing. Veronica Rossi ended this book perfectly. Aria, Perry, ROAR, Sorren, Brooke - they all seem to find their (somewhat) happy endings. (view spoiler)[ Also, can I say how much I ship Sorren and Brooke? My two most hated characters soon became two of my favorites. Of course, no one beats Roar. :) (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)](less)
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the conve...moreWhy 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?
Ismae - I actually did like Ismae. It isn't often I like the main female lead, so I was extremely glad that this book had strong heroine. Ismae is strong(she's an assasin) and smart(she uses her brain!!), but she also has her flaws. She is prejudiced toward men and has a good reason to be considering her past experiences with her father and husband. Ismae is also incredibly loyal to the assassin nuns, even when it's clear the nuns aren't as perfect as they seem. However, Ismae grows throughout the book and I'm pretty happy with how she turned out in the end.
Duval- I like Duval well enough. He's one of those love interests that I like, but don't fall in love with. My favorite thing about Duval was how loyal he was to his half-sister/duchess.
Supporting Characters - I liked most of the characters in the book. Beast and De Lornay are awesome. I can't believe what happened to them at the end. Anne is another wonderful character. So many terrible things have happened to her and she was only 12. I'm curious about Sybella and Annith. What happened to Sybella and why won't they let Annith leave?
The plot is the biggest problem in this book. It starts out nicely, but it gets boring very quickly. The beginning is easily my favorite part. Then every 50 pages or so, there's a bit of excitement and then it gets boring again. This is not a book you would stay up all night reading. This is a book you would stop reading if there was something good on TV. Furthermore, I didn't like the ending. It felt rushed and everything was resolved too quickly. Lastly, I hate how Ismae saved Duval. (view spoiler)[She saved him by having sex with him. *facepalm* You have to be kidding me. (hide spoiler)]
The book was easy to read and I enjoyed Ismae's narration. My only problem with the writing was that the author kept on trying to sound like she was in the 1400s. For the most part, Ismae and the other characters sounded like they were in the 21st century, and then every now and then when they were talking, someone would say, "Tis my key, not yours." WTF? You can't just randomly slip in words like "Tis" and "Thee" just because you want to make your book seem like it was written in the 1400s. There's nothing wrong with a book sounding 21st centuryish(that's not a word, but whatever!) if you're in the 21st century.
*I forgot to mention that there were assassin nuns in this book. Assassin nuns. How could you not love that?