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Score:10/10(sorry, the reason I am reviewing another 10/10 book will become apparent-this is my 2nd in a row!)
Awards:A Booklist Editors’ Choice, An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of Year, A Book Page Top Ten Summer Reading Book, A Top Ten Indie Next Pick
A great book for: Assassin nun lovers, history fans, people who like Ye Olde French Court, those who are just entering the world of slightly romantic novels........Trust me, you will find out a lot more about this soon!
Formats available: Kindle, paperback and Audio download
Synopsis: Fleeing from an arranged marriage through the hands of hedge priest to hedgewitch, Ismae arrives at the convent of Saint Mortain bruised, scarred and battered. Several years later, trained in the oh-so-genteel arts of poison and killing she arrives at the court of Brittany where the 12 year old girl who should be in charge is promised to half a dozen suitors and under pressure from the French Court to marry one of their own.
Ismae is trained in the arts of seduction, poisoning and killing with Mortains Grace, but how can she use these when the one she must kill is the one who has taken her heart against better judgement?
I loved this book, as it told Ismae's past very skilfully through little snippets, till we see that she has _________________________(deleted as it is a spoiler!). It showed how love may be most unexpected and deals with the weave of betrayal and intrigue that was the court of Brittany. Ismae's powers are used beautifully applied in clever areas of the plot. Robin LaFevers is a beautiful author with an explicit sense of the style of that time.
Once you have finished this, I would read: Dark Triumph of course!
The authors website is available if you click HERE.
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