bestof2014-7

Every day between now and Christmas morning, we’ll share the twenty-five stories that engaged, enchanted, amused and amazed us the most in 2014. If you missed them, now’s your chance to catch up; if you’re looking for a gift for the wonk in your life, then these are our most enthusiastic recommendations!

Today, Robin La Fevers’ His Fair Asssassin series.

I’ve known Robin for a long time. We met in a fan group about ten years ago, and I instantly fell in love with both Robin as a person, and her writing. I had the distinct privilege of reading early versions of this story and giving feedback, and when she sold it, the series already had one huge fan in place.

There would be many more to come.

There are a lot of reasons why these books have done so well. For one, it’s about medieval assassin nuns who work at the command of the death god Mortain and carry out his orders. The first in the series, Grave Mercy, follows seventeen-year-old Ismae as she is taken away from the abusive husband she’s just been married to and shuffled off to the convent, where she learns the tricks of the death trade, and befriends the wild Sybella and the faithful Annith, who becomes the stars of the next two books in the series.

The next reason to love this series are the love interests. Ismae pairs up with a noble named Duval, out to protect his sister the Duchess, and who views Ismae with immediate suspicion; Sybella finds herself on the road with the Beast of Waroch, an ugly but faithful knight; and finally, Annith, left behind in the convent despite her incredible skills, strikes out on her own and ends up in the hands of an enigmatic soldier named Balthazar.

The final reason to love this series is that Robin’s writing gets better as she goes along, No matter her success, she always keeps her game going, and if you think I’m only recommending her because she’s a dear friend, then read the sample chapter, and you’ll see the amazing writing that keeps me coming back as a fan, not just as a friend.

Get it now: His Fair Asssassin.