Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly 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?
Ismae is a daughter of Death himself. Born to be his handmaiden and serve her father through exacted vengeance on those that betray their country she becomes involved in the political intrigue of court to find out who is conspiring against the Duchess.
The heat of Duval’s hand passes through the silk of my sleeve all the way down to my marrow.
Ismae – I loved that I felt like as I read I could see her changing before my eyes on the page. Talk about character development!
Duval – WOWZA. Never has someone doing stitches and wrapping a wound ever seems so hot. Just enough swoon that I got butterflies when I read about him.
Boy did I have trouble reading this book. Please don’t misunderstand that to mean I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I LOVED this book. It was a timing issue only. I mean who doesn’t want to read a book about nun assassins?! (HINT: Answer is no one because if you don’t then you just don’t know what you are missing yet.)
GM wasn’t overrun with romance but like I said about Duval himself, had just enough to make you swoon. The writing was breathtaking, the setting was vivid, and most of all I remembered everything about this story. It didn’t matter if I stopped for an hour, a day, or a month I knew where I left off and what had happened so far. To me this is one of the highest compliments I can pay a book. I’m eagerly awaiting Dark Triumph which I should be starting this week. 🙂