In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.
I love books with a strong heroine, so this one was absolutely perfect. An assassin! I'd make my main female an assassin as well, for crying out loud! However, Ismae does not trust in her own abilities enough, is too easily shaken by events and needs guidance throughout most of the book. That's so annoying! On the one hand, she is shown to be stubborn and totally her own woman, but then she cowers before the convent, despite knowing that it's only the god of Death she has to serve. Takes way too long for her to grab a handle on that one strong enough to pull herself from under the convents covers and spread her wings. If she hadn't hesitated like this, she would've saved some people (especially Duval) a lot of stress and pain. *sigh* Despite her being an assassin, a wolf, she seemed to be quite a little lost lamb still. Alright, not entirely her own fault, but still... Why can't there be a woman that is strong through and though? Privilage to the male characters, as far as I can see. *grrr* I guess I made clear that if I had been in her shoes, I would've not trusted in orders from someone who isn't here to see the facts as I see them, and trust more into the god that guides me and my own abilities.
> read my review of Grave Mercy