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LaFevers, Robin.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2012

(3 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Several daggers, a large anlace, a small dirk, a thin stiletto, a needle-like stylet, two garrotes – one hidden in a fancy bracelet – and a small crossbow, as well as several poisons. If you wear Death’s mark, you’ll want to steer clear of Ismae and Death’s other handmaidens, because they are trained to kill.
(Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, 2015)

Booktalk #2

Ismae has a terrible red scar across the whole of her back; the mark left on her body by the poison her mother drank while pregnant.  The poison was supposed to kill her, but Ismae is immune; a gift from her real father, St. Mortain – the pagan god of Death.  Rescued at 13 from a brutal marriage, Ismae is taken to the convent dedicated to fulfilling St. Mortain’s will on earth, where she is carefully trained to become a handmaiden of Death.  Sent undercover along with handsome, mysterious Gavriel Duval to protect Mortain’s beloved Brittany, Ismae must use all her murderous skills to navigate the dangerous intrigue of the royal court, and the even more dangerous terrain of forbidden love.  (Book Talk Author: Tana Lucero, Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2015)

Booktalk #3

Ismae is 14 years old and about to be forced into marriage by her father. Rumor in their small village has long held that Ismae was really sired by the god of death himself, St. Mortain. This is supposedly the reason that Ismae's mother tried to abort her and Ismae bears a long, ugly scar on her body as a reminder of the poison that failed to expel her from the womb.
On her wedding night, Ismae is beaten and locked in a cellar by her husband. She is rescued by the very same herb witch who had tried to abort her years before. The herb witch takes her to a convent where Ismae discovers her value, as well as some special gifts.
  (South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2015,  Prepared by: Susan Adams, Spring Valley High School, )

SUBJECTS:     Assassins -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Gods -- Fiction.
                        Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
                        Brittany (France) -- History -- 1341-1532 -- Fiction.
                        France -- History -- Charles VIII, 1483-1498 -- Fiction.

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