Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

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...

This book was a wonderful end to a series that I have loved every chapter of.

In Mortal Heart, the focus is now on Annith. She has longed to go on an assignment for the convent, but the abbess refuses to give her one. In fact, the abbess wants Annith to become the next convent seeress, effectively keeping her within the convent for the rest of her life. This does not sit well with Annith and she leaves the convent to confront the abbess. There's a very good reason why the abbess won't let her use her skills in the real world, and when she finds out, Annith's life will be forever changed.

While this wasn't as amazing for me as Dark Triumph was, I still thought it was brilliant. The major plot twist was one that was hinted at several times, but the hints don't make absolute sense until the appropriate time. You are likely to get a good part of the answer but the full story will likely be a surprise for you.

Most of the story's focus is on Annith's journey and her love story. The battle at the end, as well as their long-shot plan, also features that love prominently. I'm not really complaining, though, because I did like Annith and Balthazaar together. I thought their story was going one way at first, and I was okay with it because the hellequin were pretty badass. However, when the truth was revealed and my growing suspicions were proven correct, I thought, well, it could be cheesy but the way it was explained had me totally on board.

I was also happy to see Ismae and Duval, and Sybella and Beast. It reminded me of how much I liked those two, especially Sybella who is a girl after my own heart.


  1. It was a terrific conclusion to the series.
  2. The plot twists were great, but not completely out of left field.
  3. The characters are complex. 


  1. The romance plays a little heavier on the story than some people may like. 

Even if we are lost or wandering, He will find us—always, He will find us—and try to bring us home. 

  1. You like strong heroines.
  2. You like complex characters.
  3. You liked the first two books in the series.




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