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Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers - deals with existential questions

Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers

This wasn't an easy book to read at the beginning because the author, Robin Lefevers, uses a first person narrator in the present tense. It requires the narrator to have a knowledge of the characters and situations that can often seem over and above what she can possibly know and requires frequent breaks in the narrative flow to explain motivations.

 

However, once the author has established the groundwork and the action starts, the prose flows, especially in the last third of the book.

 

I won't go into the plot, because the book blurb has that.

 

Ismae must deal with some very difficult conflicts between perceived duty and necessity, obedience to authority and free will, guilt and the possibility of redemption and absolution. The way she resolves them is what makes the book interesting to me.

 

And it's a good and absorbing read once the narrative humps are smoothed out.

 

I'll have my impressions of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph in a couple of days - I'm still working on them.

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