In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.
Fantasy has been an extremely popular genre in young adult fiction over the past few years. To really stand out, a series has to have exceptional writing, interesting characters, or a unique premise. His Fair Assassin, a trilogy about a group of cutthroat nuns set in the 15th century, meets this criteria and even throws in some romance.
Ismae flees an abusive marriage and is taken in by the covenant of St. Mortain where she is trained as an assassin to serve the god of death. Here, she befriends Sybella and Annith, who were raised in the covenant. Each book is told from a different girls’ perspective, but each continues the story of the covenant’s race to save the country of Brittany from the clutches of France.
Be sure to check out the whole series, because you’ll want to jump from one book to the next! Or, if audiobooks are your thing, check them out on Overdrive. Each book is read by a different narrator who perfectly captures the tone of the book.
Sybella’s duty as Death’s assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this sequel to Grave Mercy.
Annith’s worst fears are realized when she discovers that, despite her lifelong training to be an assassin, she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever shut up in the convent of Saint Mortain.