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Escapig frm the brutality f a arraged marriage,
seventeen-year-old Ismae nds sanctuary at the convent of
St. Mrtai, where the sisters still sere the gds f ld.Here she lears that the gd f Death Himself has blessedher with dagerus gifts—ad a ilet destiy. If shechses t stay at the cet, she will be traied as aassassi ad sere as a hadmaide t Death. T claim herew life, she must be willig t take the lies f thers.Ismae’s mst imprtat assigmet takes her straightit the high curt f Brittay, where she must pse asmistress t the darkly mysterius Gariel Dual, wh has
fallen under a cloud of suspicion. Once there, she nds
herself wefully uderprepared—t ly fr the deadlygames f le ad itrigue, but fr the impssible chicesshe must make. Fr hw ca she delier Death’s egeaceup a target wh, agaist her will, has stle her heart?
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1. Is Ismae crrect i feelig behlde t the cet fr
raising her up from the cellar oor? What does she truly
we the cet?2. Duchess Ae, Madam Hier, ad Ismae all cmefrm ery differet backgruds ad statis i life, yetall hae similar cstrictis placed them by irtuef beig female. Hw may mre chices, if ay, didAe r Hier’s priilege affrd them?3. I what ways did the fathers i this bk betray theirchildre’s well-beig? I what ways did they supprtthem?4. I what way did Ismae’s early life prepare her frwhat was t cme? I what ways did it leae her mreulerable?
5. What choices of Ismae’s do you agree with? What
wuld yu hae de differetly?6. I what way wuld Ismae’s life hae bee differet if she had chse t t wrk fr the cet? D yu
think she made the correct choice? Would you have
chse differetly?7. I what way did the us’ lies differ frm thse f thether wme i the stry? Did they hae mre freedmr less?
8. As Ismae sets out on her rst assignment, she feels
the traiig she receied at the cet has gie herpwer er her life. Is this true?9. D yu thik the cet is mtiated slely by its
desire to serve Mortain? What other factors might be at
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