Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage to the respite of the convent of St. Mortain. Here she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. But how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who has stolen her heart?
I really liked this book. It reminded me of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass. Here we have a girl who has a horrible experiences with men and joins a Convent that teaches her the skills to defend herself against those type of men. The whole experience leaves her bitter towards men. She is very much a novice throughout the book in terms of killing (not that she isn’t any good at it) but she isn’t experienced and she doesn’t give off that assassin vibe (which might be to her advantage). She reluctantly is forced to work with a man and you can tell exactly where this partnership is going. The world itself is wonderful and interesting and I wish more of the gods/saints were explained or a glossary was provided. The god/saint focuses on is Death and the gifts he passes to his followers. This was all very interesting but I wanted to know about the other gods/saints and their gifts as well. I have no idea if any of the history is true or if it is all fiction but the book made me want to learn more. The romance is very much a tease and I would have liked to have more of it. Ismae was a wonderful character to follow and completely believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history, romance, and good assassin story.
There is a companion book called Dark Triumph and it comes out April 2, 2013 (it is about another character from this book).