I received this book for free from the Book Expo America in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on 4 November 2014
Source: Book Expo America
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...
Thoughts: The His Fair Assassin series has become one of my favorites. It has made me question my belief that I don’t like historical fiction, plus the first two books both have a ton of heart and plenty of swoon. I was nervous and excited for Mortal Heart because it is about Annith, in some ways the most sheltered and naive of the three friends the series follows, and I wanted to protect her by not reading this book.
However, Annith continually surprised me and I enjoyed watching her grow into a young woman, challenging what she had been raised to believe and learning to think on her own. I wasn’t as on board with her romance as I was with the romances in the first two books, but in the end it worked for me. While I also didn’t love the religious exploration as much in Mortal Heart as I did in Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, the way the bigger story wraps up while staying true to the real history is perfect. I was satisfied as a reader and wasn’t disappointed by the real history in the note at the back.
Favorite Moment: All the times she surprised me when I underestimated her. I’m sorry Annith!
Moment that made me go O.o: The big reveal with the love interest. I saw it coming and really hoped I was wrong, but it didn’t feel as weird as I thought it would.
Overall: Mortal Heart is my least favorite of the series, but still a strong and enjoyable conclusion. (Dark Triumph is my favorite, in case you’re wondering.)