Exiled and shamed Grace rises above her new station in life to become a hero. More
Branded a witch and exiled after a dishonorable display at the king’s annual tournament, quiet Grace Hilren is forced to uproot her life of luxury as a lord’s daughter and move to the slums of the port city, Glenbard. But Grace carries a secret. Though trained to be a fine lady, she also learned to handle a sword and has made it her mission to eradicate evil and injustice where she finds it. Even in exile, Grace continues her work under the given name of Death Dealer. Her nightly deeds bring her to the notice of the self-proclaimed King of Thieves, Marcus. When the king’s power is threatened by a rival named Mac, the Death Dealer unwittingly becomes a pawn in the struggle between thieves for control of the lower city. The game becomes dangerous as Grace realizes she may not be able to best this usurper.
on Feb. 14, 2016 :
It’s only a month or so off of the release of the next Winner’s Curse book and I’ve been really needing something to fill the void that The Winner’s Crime left - enter Fallen Grace, an amazing fantasy story of a young noble girl who’s banished from court alongside a servant after her attempt to pose as a knight was discovered. Lukily for her, no-one discovers that she’s also been posing as a local (male) hero, The Death Dealer who’s notorious across the land.
I’m a sucker for a good strong female lead and I really got that with Grace. Fiercely loyal to her friends and family often gets in her into trouble as she’s not supposed to have more than a single brain cell. It was nice to see that while she still acted like a noblewoman, she had none of the airs and graces and quickly took up the job of a stablehand at the town she settled in, a job no-one in town wanted.
I loved the romance. I’m saying nothing about who because there was certainly a lot of potential for more than one guy in the book but he was certainly my favourite. He definitely had faults which I’m hoping are worked on later in the series but he and Grace just worked so well together (just like Kestrel and Arin). I’ll be happy to see this series sitting on my shelves with The Winner’s Crime and Poison Study series.