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R. L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine LaFevers) is an award-winning American children's book writer from California. She is the author of the Theodosia series and Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. R. L. La Fevers grew up in Los Angeles, California and now resides on a small ranch in Southern California with her husband, two sons, dog and cat. R. L. LaFevers has had a life-long love of animals, which often make appearances in her novels, and a sensitivity to ecological responsibility best apparent in the Nathaniel Fludd books. She admits to a belief in the magical, which is also a driving element of stories such as Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. Grave Mercy is her first young adult book.
The sisters of the convent of St Mortain are trained assassins. They serve the god of Death. Introducing a powerful new heroine Ismae, this is a dangerous paranormal romance that simmers with courtly intrigue, poison, murder, secrets, betrayals and divided loyalties. It's the first in a gripping new trilogy that will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games in particular. Grave Mercy is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy brimming with magic, supense, assassin nuns and passion that will leave you craving more...We love it. A message from the author's Editor, Ruth Knowles: If I asked you to think of a picturesque nunnery on an isolated island off the coast of Brittany, you might think of Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music singing ‘The hills are alive!’ In the case of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers you couldn’t be further from the truth. The convent of St Mortain, which seventeen-year old Ismae belongs to, serves Death. Each sister is trained as an assassin. All are deadly. Grave Mercy is book one in the breathtaking His Fair Assassin trilogy, which we are very excited to have on the Andersen Press list. It is already proving to be a huge hit in the author’s native US, where bloggers and publications are giving the book glowing starred reviews, calling it ‘A page-turner – with grace’ (Kirkus, starred review), and ‘Powerful’ (Publishers Weekly) amongst many, many other plaudits. Ismae ( who is seriously kick-ass) and her gripping first assignment are sure to bewitch both fans of Philippa Gregory and of Lauren Kate. With action, courtly intrigue, a touch of the supernatural and a beautifully written romance, this sophisticated, thrilling novel has something for everyone. I hope you love it as much as we do.
When Sybella accompanies the Duchess of Brittany to France, she expects trouble, but she isn't expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she's supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Red Queen, and The Cruel Prince.
When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair, the convent was 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 yet. 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 is 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 . . . Action, courtly intrigue, supernatural and a beautifully written romance to bewitch fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black.
Young, beautiful and deadly. Trained as an assassin by the god of Death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared - not only for the 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? A dangerous romance full of intrigue, poison and finding one's path. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Red Queen, and The Cruel Prince.
In fifteenth-century France, the convent of Saint Mortain provides sanctuary to girls seeking refuge from the cruelty of the outside world. But sanctuary comes at a priceand each of Death's handmaidens pays it in blood. Grave Mercyis where the story begins, when seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes the brutality of an arranged marriage by joining the convent. An assignment brings her to the high court of Brittany, where she must navigate treason and temptationespecially when the master she serves demands the life of the man she loves. InDark Triumph, after training as an elite killer to escape her past, Sybella must return to the home she thought she'd never see again. Her quest for justice against her violentfamily will bring nothing but destructionuntil she meets a prisoner who gives her a reason to live. Annith yearns to serve Saint Mortain, but has spent her life watching her far more gifted sisters dole out Death's vengeance from the safety of the convent. InMortal Heart, her destiny is finally revealed, and it is the one she feared most: a life as a seeress, not an assassin. But Annith refuses to give up on her dream and decides that nothing will stand in the way of her ambitions . . . not even the convent itself. Together, these three novels make up theNew York Timesbest-selling His Fair Assassin trilogy, where romance, magic, and political intrigue collide. Fans of Marie Lu'sThe Young Elitesand Kiersten White'sAnd I Darkenwill love this seductive dark fantasy collection.
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.