Fantasy (YA) - March 7th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Goodreads
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?
I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about this book. There is just something about the idea of a supernatural historical novel that makes me shiver. Also, it it staring a girl who is - basically - an assassin. How brilliant does that sound? I have a feeling this book could be the new Poison Study.
Oh, and I love the cover. Yes, it is a big red dress - but look at that crossbow! I wouldn't mess with her!