When I read the first page, I was done for. Never in my life have I been so captivated by merely the first words on the first page. This book is by far my favorite read of 2012.The one thing that captured me the most is the character. I loved the redemption in her. She was thrown down, beaten, and misused, yet she grew stronger silently on the inside biding her time. I love that despite what was happening around her, she knew vengeance would be hers. Ismae is my new fave gal. She fierce, strong and someone I would love to be.The plot of this book is also dynamic. I loved how the author captures the readers where her life is spiraling downward, then picks up to something new. With every new chapter, Ismae grows more. She learns the secrets of the covenant, weapons and stealth.I'm not sure what else to say other than this book totally rocks. Ismae fights strong and knows who she is. There are several other kick-butt characters that take this story to a whole new level of awesomeness!Grave Mercy is a powerful start to an amazing series to come. Grave Mercy is compelling yet addicting. The brilliant writing of Robin LaFevers pulls the reader to a world of betrayal and action. Grave Mercy is a must read!