Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFever

Book Description

April 3, 2012

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?

Review –

This was a free digital book and when I started it I had so many other books ( paper, digital and audio) going that I didn’t give my full attention to it.  But as my other readings and listenings dwindled I devoted more time to this book and found I rather liked it. I don’t know if I’ll seek out the others in the series but it’s a possibility. It was an interesting story with unique characters and had good descriptive passages.

November 24, 2014   I’ve decided that I WILL continue with this series in the New Year.

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Click-Clack the Rattle Bag by Neil Gaiman

Product Description:

Click-Clack the Rattlebag” is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, free through October 31. It’s not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org.
A few words from Neil: “Why tell ghost stories? Why read them or listen to them? Why take such pleasure in tales that have no purpose but, comfortably, to scare?
“I don’t know. Not really. It goes way back. We have ghost stories from ancient Egypt, after all, ghost stories in the Bible, classical ghost stories from Rome (along with werewolves, cases of demonic possession, and of course, over and over, witches). We have been telling each other tales of otherness, of life beyond the grave, for a long time; stories that prickle the flesh and make the shadows deeper and, most important, remind us that we live, and that there is something special, something unique and remarkable, about the state of being alive. Happy Halloween!”
“‘What kind of story would you like me to tell you?’ ‘Well,’ he said, thoughtfully, ‘I don’t think it should be too scary, because then when I go up to bed, I will just be thinking about monsters the whole time. But if it isn’t just a little bit scary, then I won’t be interested. And you make up scary stories, don’t you?'”
So begins this subtle, witty, deceptive little tale from master storyteller Neil Gaiman. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

Review –

2014- This story was again offered free so I listened to it again. I don’t think there were any charities involved this year.

It was near Halloween and I thought it would be a good spooky story.    I was very disappointed.  It was not scary at all(to me) so I only gave it three stars on GoodReads.

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