This was originally posted by me at http://blackanddarknight.wordpress.com (no longer available) on May 23, 2013.
Genre & Length: Young Adult Historical Fantasy, 385 pages
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?
Plot: This is the sequel to Grave Mercy. I was so excited for it, and glad that by the time I actually read Grave Mercy, I wouldn’t have to wait long for the sequel. It was fantastic. Think “Beauty and the Beast”, but it’s not the Beast who needs redemption – it’s Beauty.
Pacing: Excellent. There were only a couple of spots where I skimmed, and I’m not sure if I skimmed because of an actual pacing problem, or because I was tired and impatient, lol. The ending was rather abrupt, though. I literally turned the last page, expecting there to be more, and started wailing because the next page said “Author Note”.
Writing Style: This book was a bit shorter than the first one (by about 130-ish pages, I think), and I wish it had been longer. I fell in love with the same things about LaFevers writing in this second book that I did in the first, though. She does present tense REALLY well.
Would I read this book again: YES. I need to buy them. Michelle has been generous and let me borrow her copies after she finished them, but I NEED THEM SO BAD. Have I mentioned that my birthday is a week from today?