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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is an interesting Historical Fiction (14th century kingdom of Brittany before it was won by France) Fantasy deals with the clash between christianity and the "old gods" "The Abbey" is not made up of followers of the Christian God, but on the followers of the god of Death "Mortain". The women housed there are called "handmaidens" not nuns and are trained assassins /Political War/Royalty/Poverty/Woman rising above subjugation/eventual love story but NOT a romance story in any way.
This book is well written enough to be found in Adult Fiction.
I liked it better than Eon. It deals with violence and death, but is not as graphic as either the Hunger Games series or Divergent/Insurgent. The main character, Ismae, comes from a very difficult background. Her encounters with men until she is 17 years old are such that she is convinced that she is better off living as far away from them as possible. During her assassin training at the Abbey, she avoids the classes which train her to "behave like a lady or like a mistress" so she can use all the weapons at her disposal. The lack of training in this area as well as her intense dislike of men in general, causes her problems during her final assignment prior to becoming a full fledged member of the abbey. The way she evaluates her situation, the abbey, her beliefs, and her intuition about the god she serves, shows intelligence and thoughtfulness. I REALLY enjoyed reading this book.

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