Whitney Troxel


Excellent, Young Adult, Robin LaFevers, Death, Assassins, Historical Fiction, Romance

Document Type

Book Review


After three years at the convent of St. Mortain—the god of death—Ismae is a highly skilled assassin, ready to serve her god and her country. Her assignment, however, is less than ideal. Ismae is to play the part of Gavriel Duval’s mistress. Duval is the Duchess of Brittany’s half-brother, and Ismae will need to be connected to him to gain access to the Duchess’s court. Ismae is meant to weed out traitors and dispose of them, including Duval should he step out of line. As Duval and Ismae work together to keep the Duchess safe, Ismae can find no evidence that Duval is a traitor. Against her will, she begins to fall in love with him. Duval and Ismae discover strong evidence that there is a traitor among the Duchess’s council, but they can’t figure out who. The convent is convinced Duval is the traitor and order Ismae to kill him. Ismae goes against the convent’s wishes, but she discovers Duval has already been poisoned. Using gifts given to her by Mortain himself, Ismae heals Duval and they apprehend the traitor together to save the Duchess.