Check out our joint review of this book on Cuddlebuggery Mar 26, Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it really liked it Shelves: surprise-surprise , reviewed-in , favorites , totally-saw-that-coming , historical-fiction , netgalley , own-a-dtb , cover-lust , just-another-book-crush , all-the-right-choices. What a pleasant surprise this was!
Grave Mercy won me over in chapter one and I was unable to put down Ferguson, my Kindle, until I finished it. I always have troubles getting through the middle part of a book, but that was not the case here at all. After being abused for her entire life by her vicious father and then married off at fourteen to an equally vicious husband, Ismae is saved by a hedge priest on her wedding night What a pleasant surprise this was!
After being abused for her entire life by her vicious father and then married off at fourteen to an equally vicious husband, Ismae is saved by a hedge priest on her wedding night and taken to a convent where she is told that she is a daughter of Mortain, the god of death. Ismae is reborn in the convent, determined to make the absolute best of the second chance life has given her. She is a good and dedicated student.
Duval seems to be loyal to the duchess, he is her half-brother after all, but Ismae is under orders to investigate him. What can be more fun than nuns who turned You shall not murder into You shall murder only those we order you to and You shall not commit adultery into You shall seduce for information, but not for love? Everyone, including myself, was thrilled by the idea of killer nuns, but that part proved to be just a little bit disappointing because these nuns had very little in common with actual nuns. I expected more conflict between their religion and their actions, but LaFevers chose another direction altogether.
I really admired Ismae. Getting to know her was my favorite part of this book. I liked her spirit and her intelligence, and I felt that her actions were pretty consistent, a sure sign of a well-built character. While I had a lot of fun reading it, Grave Mercy was by no means perfect. People with little patience for political intrigue will probably find themselves bored from time to time, especially around the middle.
There is also the small issue of predictability: I knew who the traitor was about ten seconds after he showed up and it left me disappointed because I loved everything else so much. Grave Mercy was much more fun than I expected it to be. View all 28 comments. Jul 28, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was ok Shelves: liburrrrrry-book , pretty-on-the-outside , read-in , everyone-loved-it-but-me. And so it is with us; we serve as handmaids to Death.
When we are guided by His will, killing is a sacrament. But then the MC was given the assignment that I thought would be the driving force throughout the book, only to find out what was really going to happen was not how I had imagined. Talk about a real bait and switch. It was like going to pick up your brand new blue sports wagon and instead walking away with. Grave Mercy could be used as an exhibit of why YA books get a bad rap. For the love of Tom Cruise, why do authors assume young people are stupid? View all 9 comments. Shelves: read , ya-fantasy , fantasy , historical-fiction , arc , young-adult.
Five Solid Stars!
See, I was taught: To walk like a bird, not like an elephant. Keep my ankles and knees together when I sit. My school tie is not to be used as a napkin. God can read my thoughts so keep them pure. My foul and sarcastic mouth will gain me no points in life. Come on! What did you expect? She learned from the Saint Mortmain nuns: Stealth and cunning knife combat to bring down a man with a marque of Death.
Feminine artistry to lure her victims into a false sense of security. The chemistry of poison making that could kill a man a hundred different ways. Defense moves to escape a chokehold or garrote. If those were the lessons being taught by the nuns I grew up with, I'd like to believe I would not have been such a disappointment. I have to say that prior to starting Grave Mercy I was skeptical about whether I would be able to keep my beliefs and deep seeded convictions about religion and faith enough at bay to enjoy this story.
I enjoyed the political backdrop, the killer nuns, the historical time period, the constant intrigue and yes you heard me right For me, it all blended perfectly to make Grave Mercy a fantastical story. There, she learns the skills to keep her safe from ever being hurt by a man again. After several years of combat training, she has been molded into a perfect assassin and is thrust into the political battle between three countries that fight for power and land, where she must carry out the orders of her convent. However, when the desires of her convent collide with the path of her heart, Ismae is forced to make a choice between executing a command from her convent and doing what she believes in her heart is right.
Ismae and Duval were a perfect pair of protags, and their story was filled with enough struggle and romantic tension to keep me glued to the eInk on my reader. I loved how their relationship developed at a slow and deliberate pace. It made their love for one another believable and perfect. Awesome read! View all 49 comments. Feb 01, Sophia rated it really liked it. View all 3 comments.
Mar 03, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. Sooo good. This book takes place in the 15th century. Ismae escapes from a brutal arranged marriage and is taken to the convent of St. There, she is trained to be the god's assassin. Ismae is then sent into a dangerous game of politics and betrayal at the court of young Anne, the Duchess of Brittany. Holy cow. The feels! Sybella, Beast, de Lornay, Anne Well, ahem, so I liked this book just a little and recommend it. There is no love triangle! No annoying heroine. Lots of action. A lot of the characters were based on real people and historical events.
I'm excited to read the next one, which is about Sybella. A definite favorite! Actually if Grave Mercy is by no means a bad book, I wasn't impressed either. What surprises me the most is how an original concept as Assassin nuns can lead me to feel slightly underwhelmed. I guess that expectations are everything. To be bored to death. And yet, strangely, the biggest - only one? Weird right? Undeniably, what could be more fascinating than the discovery of the daughters of Death, more known as St Mortain's nouns, whose purpose is to learn an incredible amount of ways to be a deadly assassin? Tell me?
Therefore I wasn't bored, but interested, hooked, even - political calculations always draw me in, and I must confess that the settings immensely pleased me. Indeed there're so many periods which have not yet been explored by the literature! However, I'm sorry, but what was this obvious twist? For real, I was waiting and waiting and waiting for the characters to get to the same conclusion as me and Oh. They took their time for sure. As a result, I can't say that the mystery was compelling. Indeed while the writing, the details of the political complots enthralled me, I didn't care much about the big revelation of the villains' identity, for it was pretty obvious since the beginning.
Moreover, I couldn't help but notice the lack of accuracy in the historical facts - I don't know if that's supposed to be accurate, but in case you're wondering, that's not. Oh, yes, the big events are "true", but except from them, every character is pictured in a wrong way. Take Alain d'Albret, for example. Yes he was betrothed to Anne de Bretagne, but he never had 6 wifes only one, actually.
As for Fedrik de Nemours And so on. To be fair, even Dumas was known for romanticizing grandly his characters, so I'm not sure that it can be considered as a flaw. I thought I'd point it, anyway, because I'm an History nerd sorry about that. Seriously, lost enough, aren't you? Okay, I'm annoying. I stop here. But then, I must point that I have not the sufficient knowledge to judge if the way the characters speak can be considered as accurate for s I have to admit that I have many doubts, because it appeared rather modern to me.
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To protect the Duchess, Anne de Bretagne, while unraveling the layers of treason the young ruler faces. In a word : Ismae must use her talent to figure out who is plotting against the duchess, including her closest support, Gavriel Duval. Well, I haven't much to reproach her, to be fair. Indeed I could understand her decisions, and contrary to some many? On the contrary, she thinks before acting, and if she IS long to realize some facts DUH , I can't say that she's blinded by love, as she wonders why and who and how is right all the freaking time.
She didn't trust Gavriel on sight for Mortain's sake! I didn't care so much about her either. In my opinion her monologues lacked of sincerity and believability, as I often found myself wondering Who thinks like that? Every thought is too neat, and I never really felt her struggle , question - I was told so, but never get the feeling, you know?
He is nice, kind, but has the bad habit to order Ismae around. Yet he is nice. And, you know, he is Well, okay, mostly dull. As the rest of the story, everything felt too mild to me, and no, my heart never missed a beat. Lack of strong feelings indeed. Yes, so-called , because we are told that they are the villains in this story, but never really shown, or not enough, in my opinion. Take d'Albret, for example. Oh, yes, he seems really disgusting, but what does he really do? To me, the only real villains are Ismae's father and her previous husband. Indeed even if they exist , except for the beginning, the other characters fall into the background pretty fast, unfortunately.
Personally, I'm eager to learn more about Beast how awesome is that name, by the way? It's pretty obvious that the cons overtake the pros by far. Now, as I did enjoy my reading still, I decided for a three that I can't help but find quite generous. For more of my reviews, please visit View all 21 comments. Feb 09, Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it Shelves: stars , kick-ass-heroines.
This one is more Political while the next in the series has a lot more action. Still Assassin Nuns are always interesting. Original Review: This is an interesting YA novel as it is set in the s so it is somewhat historical but at the same time fantasy. There is royal intrigue, plots, strange customs and dangerous women.
Ismae has been marked since birth. She is a daughter of death better known as Saint Mortain. Daughters of death it seems are beautiful and have some other worldly qualities to them. She is saved from an arranged marriage and sent to a convent for daughters of Mortain. After years in the convent the time had finally come be sent on her first assignment. She killed a man that might have repented his past transgressions and was trying to clear his name for Brittany the country not the girl.
To figure out who is plotting against Brittany she must set off to court with Gavriel Duval where she can use her gifts to assess who is plotting against Brittany and the Duchess Anne. I liked that there were complex characters in this novel. No one was all good or all bad. Even our heroine is sorely misunderstood. She can tell when someone is about to die or sense them after they have died. But she is feared as death is feared. Gavriel too is complex dutiful to the core but sometimes he goes against the norm for what he thinks is right even if it brands him a traitor to his sworn saint. The romance that eventually grows between them is sweet and takes its time to blossom.
He sees Ismae for who and what she truly is and never tries to change her. I felt so bad for Anne, she has to marry to make an alliance to keep her kingdom that is on the brink of war but some of her suitors are treacherous and if wed she will surely die soon after so they can control her kingdom. The story was so interesting and watching Ismae grow into a bold woman was fascinating. I loved how she came to better understand Mortain and the two sides of him better throughout the book to realize possibly that being an assassin was not all he wanted for his daughters.
Incredibly unique heroine. View all 5 comments. Shelves: starred , fantasy , why-the-hype , , romancelandia , ya , mythopoeic , 4. When I saw Kirkus give a starred review to the 4th book in this world and make it sounds so enticing, with all the court intrigue and assassinating, I got super excited and thought maybe this would be the case when I try an old DNF and love it and have a whole new set of fantasy books to gush over and look forward to.
But NO, "Grave Mercy" is still too shallow and pedestrian for my taste. Absolutely love the premise, which reminds me a bit of "The Cruel Prince. Original review I don't know, for a book that received so many starred reviews it is oddly superficial and immature. Maybe too much of a romance? Not interested in finishing. View all 34 comments. Sep 30, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: paperback , fantasy , ya-fantasy , young-adult.
There, she is schooled in the art of being an assassin and dedicated to carry out his work. For years she is trained in many different ways to kill a man, and when she becomes 17 she is sent on her first assignment.
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Fairly soon Ismae is wrapped up in a mission to help the Duchess of Brittany, and forced to work with a man named Duval, who also does not want Ismae's help. I really liked this book, but it fell short of that something special that would make me love it. Ismae is a very compelling character, if a bit ill-prepared for the assignment she was given. Duval was interesting as well, but I never really felt as if the reader really got to know him.
The relationship between him and Ismae could technically be filed under slow-build, but it felt forced to me. I wish more time had been spent building their relationship because it very much felt like it went from "I can't trust you" to "We will do our best to be together in the future" in a matter of 50 pages or so. The aboutface was too quick for my tastes. It was done very well, but I grew a bit tiresome of it by the end of the book. The book also promoted important aspects such as to think for yourself, second chances, and first impressions are not always correct. All very important themes for a ya novel.
I am very excited to read Sybella's book next, I feel like she would be an incredibly interesting character. PS: view spoiler [ I think the fact that Ismae literally saved Duval with her magic vagina is fucking hilarious. If only we all had that ability hide spoiler ] View all 47 comments. This is a long drawn out book and I wasn't bored not one time Ismae's mom tried to rid her in the womb with poison from a herbwitch and all of this did was give her a scar and make her a daughter of St.
When she is older her dad sells her to a horrible man who was trying to make her do her wifely duties, but once he saw her scar, he was terrified. Everyone that knew who she was, was terrified of her. The abess of St. Mortain Convent brings Ismae into the fold and trains her as an assassin for death. She is trained in poisons and weaponry.
I love it! I freaking love it! Sorry, I digressed! The misericorde is only one of her weapons of choice, she uses a garotte in her bracelet, crossbows, knives, you name it. She is bad to the bone! She is sent out on missions to kill people that have the marque of Mortain on them, this is like the go ahead to kill them, they are evil.
She is allowed to kill in self defense as well. She is sent on a mission with Gavriel Duval to help protect his sister, who is Duchess Anne. They find they are up against a lot of traitors, and bad people all around. I mean, it seems like you can't trust but a few in this book! Ismae isn't interested in men, she thinks they are vile creatures. Anyhoo, she starts to have feelings for Duval and I think it is so awesome. They are actually perfect for each other in their bad assery!
I can't stress how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Plots, schemes, weapons, killings, etc. If you like all of that stuff, I think you will like this book View 2 comments. This book was outstanding. You have all the fun elements- a young "kick-ass" female assassin gifted by the God of Death, a potential love interest, court politics, revenge, mistrust, and so on.
Watching Ismae go from a naive young girl, who blindly follows, to a smart thinking young woman, was the best part of the book. I loved this book. While not the prettiest of reviews, it gets the point across! View all 33 comments. Oct 29, Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya , fantasy , historical , coop. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The series premise: three girls from different backgrounds are deemed daughters of death and taken in to a mysterious convent where they are trained as assassins, called death's handmaidens.
Each is then sent from the convent into the politics of late s Brittany where they find self confidence through love, purpose, and place in society. The writing: rich period color, first person perspective, strong voice, some graphic violence, modest sex scenes, excellent heroic counterparts, complex poli The series premise: three girls from different backgrounds are deemed daughters of death and taken in to a mysterious convent where they are trained as assassins, called death's handmaidens.
The writing: rich period color, first person perspective, strong voice, some graphic violence, modest sex scenes, excellent heroic counterparts, complex politics. Close accepting friendship between girls and women, betrayal by adult role models.
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Grave Mercy is about Ismae, an abused peasant girl, for whom a convent is salvation and her devotion to her god, Death, a redemption and a means to self actualization. Ismae is sent into the high politics of the time to unearth betrayal, learning along the way what she must question and who she must become. She is learning about herself as she learns about her world, and what kind of place and path is open to her. A series of trials to be passed?
It is the well-tempered blade that is the strongest. The romance that develops between her and the man she is supposed to watch is part of her own journey learning to trust not just men but herself: in her heart, in her abilities, and in her judgement. I adored this book. So much so that I entirely forgave it some initial world building and historical exposition. This was front loaded, once through the beginning chapters to Ismae's first kill and the introduction of the hero the pace picks up considerably.
I wanted more of the assassin training, because I like the school aspect of most books well, duh, I wrote a whole series about this but I can understand why it wasn't there or was cut out. I enjoyed the journey and the characters even though I didn't personally relate to them but I liked them both much more as they are set into motion, on the road and into the city and politics.
However, I wonder if, LaFevers is playing parody with that trope in her connubial culmination, as Ismae literally saves Duval with her body. Nov 10, Giselle rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-physical , age-young-adult , genre-historical , own , , bought-in-store , from-publishers , 5-star. An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.
What more could you want? Ismae gets rescued by a priest from a future with an abusive husband. The two journey to the convent, and is trained by the church to do St. She slowly gathers the trust and respect of her fellow mentors and is finally ass An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. She slowly gathers the trust and respect of her fellow mentors and is finally assigned on a mission.
Nun assassins trained in combat, and poisons, and seduction?? This was a well written book. Ismae is not your average female protagonist. And the way she hones her powers to take down a life, amazed me. I enjoyed reading Grave Mercy! Assassin nuns and girls who are trained by Death itself??
Yes sign me up! I love the story and the main character. Seems like a start to a great trilogy. I enjoyed reading about Ismae's adventures and I love how she developed as a character. There's action,there's a bit of slow-burning romance which I definitely liked,there's a lot of scheming and there are many interesting historical facts.
The supporting characters are very interesting - Duval,the Duchess,Sybella etc. Yes,the writing and the world-building aren't perfect but I really con 3,5 stars Such an interesting read. Yes,the writing and the world-building aren't perfect but I really connected with these characters and I had a great time reading about them. Plus,the story really is unique and captivating. The Duchess seriously needs the Lord's help,though,she's in a difficult position. A really good book with a lot of potential. View all 6 comments.
Buddy reading with Kelsey My Dec tbr twin This is really going to be a short review, based on the fact that 3 stars review are just so hard for me to write most times and also I didn't enjoy this book even though it was okay. As glad as I am that I enjoyed this book, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. The book lacks action, in depth depictions of things that happened in the book,some things were just too rushed for my liking. I love the politics and scheming in the book, even though I Buddy reading with Kelsey My Dec tbr twin This is really going to be a short review, based on the fact that 3 stars review are just so hard for me to write most times and also I didn't enjoy this book even though it was okay.
Lastly, The wielder never risks poisoning herself when applying poison to an assassination weapon. This is the biggest DC booster for poisons! Not worth getting in most cases. Other: Collar of Venom BoVD : granting all natural attacks a d10 poison effect seems like a good deal to me! The only problem is the low DC and the high cost. Still, either collar would be an insane combination with Venomfire for a druid in wildshape. Poison Fangs Serpent Kingdoms : For 8, gold, give yourself poisonous fangs for free poison! The DC scales with your level and Con modifier, which helps this scale much better than many abilities.
I've gotten this item banned in arenas before. Later errrata'd to a large scorpion. Spider Rod MIC : A melee touch attack with the poison spell all day long, plus a few uses of an entangling net effect. Decent for the price. Spells: In general, any spell that reduces an oppponents' saves is good along with poisons. Shaken, sickened, level drained, and cursed opponents all are more likely to succumb to poisons, for example. Launch Object SpC : This handy cantrip lets you throw inhaled and contact poisons up to ridiculous distances, from to feet away!
No save or SR. Charm Animal: convince an animal that it's a good idea to let you squeeze some venom out of its fangs. Psionic Minor Creation: Notable for being 1st level. Especially nice on a follower for a poison user who can't create poisons magically. Chill Touch: use with Poison Spells to get five uses out of a single dose of poison, and to stack strength damage quickly. The same goes for Polymorph and Shapechange. This could be useful for elans or dragonwrought kobolds. Situationally good, but a great spell to prepare before an ambush.
Unseen Crafter RoE : Summons an unseen servant to continue your craft checks while you sleep or go out for drinks. Shrink Item: for when you've got barrels of black lotus extract lying around. Toxic Tongue CM : this assassin-only spell is a solid pick, giving a use for swift actions during combat and dealing con damage. Venomfire Serpent Kingdoms : If you're casting this spell often, you don't really even care if something makes the save against your poisons, because this spell puts poison damage to shame.
Fabricate, Psionic: As Fabricate, but 1 level lower. Giant Vermin: after the fight, milk your colossal pets for their high DC poisons. Or cast it during downtime. Fabricate: make lots of poisons with a skill check. Requires the raw materials beforehand. Major Creation: Doubles the duration of plant-based poisons compared to minor creation, and allows stone or mineral based poisons as well. Very flexible spell. Planar Binding, Greater: Bind a Pit Fiend, and use its venom as the raw materials to make your own doses. Plus, you get a pit fiend. Thanks Eldariel! Weak, ingested poison.
Poisons: This lists some of the best poisons in the various 3. Black Lotus Poison gets all the attention, but there is actually a wide variety of poisons that are good to use, even if you only use Minor Creation. My favorite poisons are: Black lotus poison, drow poison, sleep-smoke, stun gas, roach paste, yew, belladonna, good-bye kiss, spotted toadstool venom, sassone leaf residue, sinmaker's surprise, darklight brew, greater sskalor venom, pit fiend venom, elemental rime, siren's breath, stingray venom, and crystal scorpion venom.
About half of these are craftable using Minor Creation, while many others are easy to find or very cheap to make, and others provide excellent status effects like stunning, exhaustion, and nauseate, while a few simply have high amounts of stat damage and high DCs. Poisons by lowest base cost Terrific buys for their value. No craft check necessary for just the raw plant, which is poisonous.
No craft check necessary for just the raw bark or leaves, which is poisonous. Presumably no craft check necessary for just the raw toadstool. Craft DC 15? Inhaled: DC 12, Stun effect. Major Creation should work with this. Craft DC 20? DC 20, Confusion effect. Craft DC 25? Can be crafted with Major Creation.
Craft DC 35? Words fail me. Not actually a real fungus, but the stats can stand for any number of actual poisonous mushrooms like amanitas red with white dots , false morels, jack-o'-lanterns, and green-spored lepiotas. I'm going to avoid listing all of those iterations, as they are errata'd to much lower DCs in Dungeonscape. Note that the DC was increased in C.
Choldrith Toxin: the primary effect is paralysis, which is useful for races immune to paralysis, such as dragonwrought kobolds. Fang Dragon Venom: possible to acquire through Alter Self as a dragonwrought kobold. As-is, it completely shuts down spellcasters, but I think it's clear that the designers meant that it would prevent all VERBAL components. Book of Exalted Deeds: this book has ravages, which are good-aligned poisons.
I think the very idea is ridiculous, but who asked me? Golden ice: only worth mentioning for the feat "Touch of Golden Ice" 2. Unicorn blood: You can summon a unicorn with Summon Nature's Ally IV and politely ask it for its blood after its done healing your party. Book of Vile Darkness 1. Devilseye and Basilisk Breath both affect outsiders that are generally immune to poisons, so they might be worth crafting in some cases.
Complete Scoundrel: 1. Blasphemix Injury : it's got a DC of 22 and is only gp, but forces divine spellcasters to make a stiff CL check for 10 rounds! Elemental Rime Injury : At g, this is cheap to make, and though the save DC is low at 16, forcing a creature to gain Fire Vulnerability can set up some awesome combos with a blaster mage. A duskblade, for example, can hit his opponent with Elemental Rime poison, and then swift action cast a Scorching Ray at the opponent. Also requires Knowledge the Planes to make.
Since it's both injury and ingested, it has decent applications in a fight and in roleplay situations. Siren's Breath Inhaled : gives -5 penalty to saves against enchantment spells. A little pricey at g though. The effect isn't particularly good, but this could be a potent money-making poison to create in drow cities or large metropolises. Thanks telehax! Drow of the Underdark: Page 94 lists various poisons and magical poisons.
Definitely some of the most creative and varied in any sourcebook. It's ridiculously expensive, but is made from darklight ore, which means that it can be crafted with Major Creation. A great high level poison. Great at low levels, and the components are from giant roaches, which is absolutely disgusting but easy to find. Magic-infused poisons from DoTU: These require a spell cast when making them, but are much stronger than normal poisons. The Calling ingested : you summon a swarm of spiders from inside somebody's belly if they ingest the poison, which requires a DC 20 profession cook check to detect.
Requires Assay Spell Resistance to create, but talk about a great effect! Dungeonscape: Greater poisons: these are poisons from advanced creatures such as gargantuan scorpions. No craft DC is listed, but it can be extrapolated from the save DC and cost. Greensickness is a DC 33 inhaled poison, which is the highest you'll find for that type of poison, AND it's plant-based!
Pit Fiend venom is DC 27 injury, but the secondary effect is death! Now all you have to do is find a pit fiend Libris Mortis: positoxins are poisons that affect undead, only they are made with Alchemy. They are expensive to make, but hey, it's something. They need the help of a positive-energy channeling character though.
Gravedust and Boneshard Paste should both be manufacturable with Major Creation, or possibly by cutting up the skeletons you just defeated. Races of Faerun: only 2 poisons in this book, but both are good. Drow Poison. At only 75 gp, this DC 13 or unconsciousness poison costs Best to hit an opponent with a con-reducing poison first to lower their saves. Good as a low-level poison. Wild Dwarf Knockout Poison: Slows opponents for 5 rounds and then unconsciousness. A little pricey at gold, but nice for wild dwarves, who are immune to the effects. Tanglepatch: an alchemical substance - creates an entangle spell for only twice the cost of a tanglefoot bag.
Pretty sweet. Stormwrack: See page 13 1. Sea Snake venom: Sea snakes can be taken as a familiar at 1st level, so for a low-level wizard who wants a source of poison, this is pretty solid, as their venom has a DC of 2 higher than that of a viper of comparative size. Best of all, even on a successful save the target is nauseated for 1d6 rounds! One of the few ingested poisons worth considering in combat. Fire coral extract: in case you need another source of a cheap, low-level nauseating poison! Stingray venom: just to note that a druid can probably harvest venom from a stingray animal companion that is quite effective.
Sandstorm: See page Crystal scorpion venom: made from normal monstrous scorpions, this is an excellent poison. Terrific for those who can reduce or ignore the cost with Vermin Trainer. Volcanic Gas Sandstorm. The Ironthorn: available as a druid wildshape form at 9th with Enhance Wildshape or 15th otherwise, this is an amazing defensive wildshape form. Comes with 15ft reach, Improved Grab, and Impale like a rake. Great both in downtime and as an actual combat form.
Protip: get a magical fly speed as well Overland FLight! Online: Taxine Yew tree poison : This is very handy, since it's easy to acquire and likely very cheap. No listed craft DC - it appears this is the base poison simply for eating the bark or leaves of the yew tree. Thanks Garryl! Kiss of the Grave : a fairly weak initial poison 1d4 Con damage , but its secondary damage makes immortal creatures mortal. It also makes them unable to be raised or resurrected, and takes a Wish or Miracle to remove the effect.
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Contact poison, DC However, they are immune to all magical effects to prevent or avoid poisons. The Godsblood poison seems to be the only one with a fortitude save that creatures at this level might actually fail. Book of Vile Darkness: Agony liquid pain : Notable because it's also used as a material component or as a substitute for experience in spells.
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