Series: His Fair Assassin #3
Published by Houghton Mifflin on November 4, 2014
Genres: Historical Fantasy
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Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...
Where do I even begin? I didn’t care much for Annith in the first two books and I was nervous that I wouldn’t love Mortal Heart as much as Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph because of that. I could not have been more wrong.
Annith is just as awesome as Ismae or Sybella, just in very different ways. I think that’s one of the reasons these books are so awesome. Each character brings something new to the table. Annith is a little too obedient at first but it’s quickly clear that she has a mind of her own and she’s going to follow her own instincts. She’s smart and feisty and I did not see that coming. She’s very guarded and she expects very little from people. That’s why Balthazaar takes her by surprise. He wants to protect her and she can’t figure out why. All she knows is that she is drawn to him from the first moment they meet. And let me tell you, I can’t blame the girl. Balthazaar is my favorite of the three male love interests in this trilogy. Beast and Duval are awesome but they can’t hold a candle to Balthazaar. Once you read Mortal Heart, you’ll know what I mean.
The story is a lot faster paced than the first two books or maybe it was just that I loved the characters so much that I couldn’t stop reading. There was still a lot of politics in the book but not quite as much as the first two books. The politics are extremely interesting though. I’ve never been a fan of them but this series is just so well done that I find every little thing about it fascinating.
Also, the cameos were beyond perfect and I loved seeing Beast, Sybella, Ismae, and Duval again. I didn’t remember everything from the first two books when I first started Mortal Heart but things quickly came back to me as I read. It also helped that the stories are all overlapping. Some of the things that happened in the first two books haven’t actually happened yet and so it’s refreshing to be able to read about them again.
Overall, it’s hard for me to put into words my love for this series. It’s not often I read a trilogy and love every book but that was the case with this one. I can’t recommend this series enough and if you’ve already read the first two, rush out and get this one as soon as possible.
What others are saying about Mortal Heart:
Waking Brain Cells’ review: “A fitting end to a grand trilogy, I can’t wait to see what LaFevers has for us next!”
Good Books & Good Wine’s review: “Readers who like their trilogies to have breathtaking endings, kick ass heroines, self contained but connected stories, and expansive character development paired with intricate world building would do well to pick up Mortal Heart as well as it’s predecessors, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph.”
Read Breathe Relax’s review: “This final book did an amazing job of wrapping up all the stories, and I think Annith is my favorite leading lady yet.”
Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.
Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.
While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.
In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at www.rllafevers.com.
Where you can find Robin:
(1) One winner will receive a rustic arrow necklace, a leather bound notebook and a hardcover of MORTAL HEART! US Only.