A 17-year-old peasant girl whose peculiar gifts make her a handmaiden of Death is at the center of this fascinating historical fantasy set in 15th-century Brittany. After fleeing a terrible marriage, Ismae finds safety in the convent of St. Mortain, where the god of Death is worshipped. There, she discovers that she was meant to serve him, and learns how to be a sacred assassin. Sent to the court of Anne, Ismae is to protect the duchess from danger, and finds herself involved in complicated conspiracies and dark plots that threaten the peace. But unexpected romance could lead Ismae astray, creating disaster. This is the first book in the His Fair Assassins series.
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?
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Historical / Europe, Action + Adventure / General, General, Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic, Social Issues / Death + Dying, Legends + Myths + Fables / General, Types of Characters
Age Range: Teen
Street Date: March 5, 2013
Item Number (DPCI): 248-81-8373