Nov 15, 2014
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Overall: 5 out of 5 moons
Source: ARC copy from HMH Books for Young Readers
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…
I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get this ARC copy of Mortal Heart. I probably looked like this.
It was amazing, and definitely my favorite of the His Fair Assassins trilogy. There was just something about Annith that definitely made her more relatable to me. Her whole story just made me grieve for the little child that she used to be. As a mother now it is so hard for me to read about tough childhoods, or especially abusive ones. I just want to rescue them. Annith is definitely the embodiment of that, and she definitely was damaged in a way but I loved how she decided that her childhood would not define her for her life. Annith was definitely one of the strongest characters in this series, but infinitely more enjoyable because she didn’t try to play up her skills. Even knowing she was one of the best in combat, she still had a humility about her that made her sincere.
The romance in this story was just out of this world. I can’t tell you how excited, and happy I was to read about Annith and Balthazaar. It was just incredibly sweet, and I loved it.I also loved how history was interwoven with the fantasy of medieval gods and goddesses. This whole series was highly entertaining, and I was able to appreciate and enjoy the historical aspects. I also really loved that the author didn’t try to stray too far from reality in terms of events. She compressed the timeline, but for the most part things happened like they did originally.
I also loved how everything ended up wrapping up and giving us a very solid conclusion. There are few things I hate more than the final book leaving things wide open. Robin LaFevers wrapped everything up, and I was so glad to see that everyone got what they deserved. It’s definitely a book that I would recommend to people who like fantasy, even those that enjoy historical novels might enjoy this. I do give it a full 5 out of 5 stars, and hope that everyone else enjoys it as much as I did!
MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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