His Fair Assassin
by Robin LaFevers
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
I’d been hearing about Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin series for years and managed to pick up all three second hand from library sales and online retailers. In an attempt to knock a little off my growing owned TBR I decided to finally try the first one, Grave Mercy. Of course I fell so deeply in love with the world and characters that I binge read the next two all within the span of a week.
Weaving the intricate web of 15th century political deceptions in Brittany with an ancient order of assassins serving the god of Death was a brilliant idea on LaFevers part. The twists and turns of the time provide a perfect back drop for Mortain’s handmaidens to perform their duties and the power plays and backstabbing keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Plus the touches of romance throughout are an added bonus.
Each book follows a different assassin; Ismae in Grave Mercy, Sybella in Dark Triumph, and Annith in Mortal Heart. Ismae is an eager girl wishing to prove herself during her first mission. She trusts her gut and sees the good in people. Sybella is closed off and hard on herself. Her past haunts her and she must let others in to move forward. Annith is the most skilled of the handmaidens but has never been sent on assignment. She pursues answers doggedly and handles herself well.
Overall the His Fair Assassin series provided an enjoyable, intriguing reading experience that I’m so happy I invested my time in it. Ismae, Sybella, and Annith were all deeply complex heroines with plenty of deadly skill and the setting of 15th century Brittany offered an excellent dynamic. I totally recommend this if you’re looking for great backlist reads and I’m eagerly anticipating the announced new additions to the series.
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