By Robin LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin, 2013. 385 pgs. Young Adult
This sequel to Grave Mercy follows Sybella, another daughter of Death himself, as she is assigned to the D'Albret household in fifteenth-century Brittany. She must be careful of everything she says and does in a place ruled by fear and brutality. She thinks she might go mad until she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons. As she struggles to help the Duchess of Brittany and to stop D'Albret she discovers that there may be more to life than vengeance.
I have to be honest and say that I did not enjoy this sequel as much as I enjoyed Grave Mercy. I did like that a couple of the characters from the first book make an appearance but this is really a book about Sybella. She is a very troubled character who has experienced unspeakable things in her life. The majority of the book focuses on the inner turmoil she must face instead of the historical events of the time. This books deals with murder, seduction, incest, and the killing of innocent people. I would recommend this only to older teens and adults who have already read the first book.