Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy
Written by Robin LaFevers

Seventeen-year-old Ismae avoids an arranged marriage by making a place for herself at the convent of St. Mortin, where she learns of her unique gifts and must determine whether she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death.

Primary Source Pairing:
Use the map included in the book for students to get their bearings as they follow the travels of Ismae as she delivers Death’s vengeance.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What size and shape is the map?
  • What graphical elements do you see?
  • What on the map looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • Describe anything that looks like it does not belong on a map.
  • What place or places does the map show?
  • How does this map connect to your visualization of the events in the story?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Map of the land: Robin LaFevers