Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: eBook received from the publisher via NetGalley
When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge – but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.
But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for… (Goodreads)
Like the first book, this one has a cast of characters listed at the beginning. This is one of my reading pet peeves, so I skipped ahead to the story. Why do authors feel the need to list every single character in the book? Please just let us meet them naturally, as the story progresses!
Sybella is a Daughter of Mortain (aka Death) and has been trained as an assassin at the convent’s island retreat. Sent undercover to spy on her evil father, her latest assignment may prove to be too much for her. Her father could decide to kill her at any moment, her oldest brother patterns himself after Daddy Dearest so is just as bad, and her “favorite” brother wants to become a little too intimate for words. Talk about a dysfunctional family!
Some of the characters from Grave Mercy make appearances and while it’s nice to see them again, this could be read as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed getting to know Sybella and my heart broke for her more than once as we learn more about her past. Despite everything, she is a survivor and has found new purpose in her life serving Mortain.
Really loved the action and adventure in this one! Great characters, some dark twists and turns, and a satisfying ending make this a must-read if you like fantasy!