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?

April 3, 2012  |  565 pages
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Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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This series has been billed as having assassin nuns...but nuns is not the right term for these girls...handmaidens is much more befitting. Death‘s handmaidens is even more accurate. A kickass medieval story with strong women who actually support other women with a side of romance. Poisonings, political intrigue, and broken betrothals are just some of what you‘ll get with this story...set in Brittany before it was conquered by France...or something like that.  (+2 votes)