Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers really brings something a lot to the fantasy genre, y’all. The plot had a lot of originality and intrigue. The characters were well fleshed out. The setting had nice complexity. I ended up being pretty impressed by this one!
Seriously – the way Ismae acted sometimes throughout Grave Mercy made me want to scream. While I appreciate and respect a certain level of prickliness and self-awareness, there can be a fine line between stubbornness and idiocy. Wanting to think for yourself and not trust easily is one thing, being insufferably obstinate to the point that you become somewhat blind to reality is another. Seriously, this book had me completely frustrated at times. When characters blindly follow what they are taught, it always makes me think of jihadists. Not exactly a good impression there. (Although, come to think about it, I guess Ismae is a religious extremist in a way.)
You guys, despite my frustrations with Ismae, I still absolutely loved Grave Mercy! Besides, Ismae is able to come into herself throughout the story. It isn’t really her fault that she was taught the things she was. Despite wanting to beat my head against the wall at times, I actually think Robin LaFevers did do a really great job with her character arc.
One of the best things about Grave Mercy is that it stands alone! It is the first book of a trilogy, but each book will have different main characters. They will be connected – and I will be thrilled to revisit the world that Robin LaFevers has built. But, I will be returning because I want to, not because I have to continue an unfinished story line.
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