Book: Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
ISBN-13: 9780547628349
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy
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Synopsis: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

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?


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Book: The StarShard

The Star ShardThe Star Shard by Frederic S. Durbin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publish Date: February 27, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780547370255
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Cymbril is a slave on Thunder Rake, a gigantic wagon-city that rolls from town to town carrying goods to be sold by its resident merchants. The Rake’s master purchases a new slave, a mysterious boy named Loric who is one of the magical Fey. Because he can see in the dark, Loric’s duty is to guide the Rake through the treacherous wilderness at night.

Cymbril and Loric secretly join forces to plan their escape—soon the two friends thread their way through a series of increasing dangers, encountering an enchanted market and deadly monsters as their one chance for freedom draws nearer.
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