Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Series #3)

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Series #3)

by Robin LaFevers
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WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An absolutely brilliant conclusion to a magnificent series, Mortal Heart was just amazing. It had sweet romance, political intrigue, unexpected twists, and secrets that I never saw coming. LOVED THIS BOOK! Annith was a wonderful character. She started off as an obedient novice who always followed the rules. But, she began to question things, realized that not everything was as it seemed, and became determined to make her own way. By the end, she definitely proved that she was a strong, clever, and capable heroine and I really liked her. Balthazaar was the love interest and he was wonderful. Very sweet and utterly adorable. He had some huge secrets he was hiding that I never suspected and it made his character all the more interesting. I wish I had been able to get to know him more, but I still adored him. The romance was very sweet. Annith and Balthazaar were lovely together. My one issue was that I wanted to see more of a development with them, but I understood why it progressed the way that it did, so it wasn't a big issue. I still thought they were a wonderful couple. The plot was fast paced and I was totally hooked the entire way through. I was kept on the edge of my seat with all the political drama and the game-changing secrets that I never saw coming. These secrets changed everything for Annith and they totally took me by surprise. Of course, we see a bit of Ismae, Duval, Beast, and Sybella in this book and it was great seeing them again. I loved the story and the ending was perfect. Mortal Heart was a perfect conclusion to a brilliant series. From the romance, to the twists, to the shocking secrets, this book was amazing and I loved every bit of it. Fans of the series, you won't be disappointed with this one. And, YA lovers, this is a must read series. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"The sum and total of who I am and who I will ever be is already contained within me." Sired by Death himself, all of the girls at the convent of St. Mortain are blessed with gifts from their godly father and tasked with carrying out his dark work in the world. Annith has watched her sisters come and go from the convent of St. Mortain, all the while waiting patiently for her own chance to serve Mortain and leave the confines of life in the convent behind. After years of proving herself the perfect novitiate, after passing every test, Annith's future outside of the convent is less than certain. When she learns that the abbess wishes to groom her as the next Seeress, Annith knows it is time to strike out and choose her own path--wherever it might lead--in Mortal Heart (2014) by Robin LaFevers. Mortal Heart is the conclusion to LaFevers' His Fair Assassin Trilogy. It is preceded by Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph. Like its predecessors, Mortal Heart works largely on its own since Annith is a new narrator and the arc follows her. The larger events of 1488 Brittany and the young Duchess' struggles to hold onto her country continue as do the machinations of the Abbess. Although there is a lot of overlap between these books in terms of their timelines, Mortal Heart is really the first time readers truly get to know Annith as more than an extremely skilled and obedient novitiate of Mortain. However, Annith soon reveals that she has quite a bit of grit. Even without special gifts from Mortain like her closest friends Ismae and Sybella, Annith is a fierce protagonist who is not afraid to seek out her own path. Readers of the first two books will expect a certain order of events to this story. While many expected elements (and familiar characters) do feature here, Mortal Heart still has numerous surprises to keep readers guessing (or, more accurately, gasping in surprise). As always LaFevers delivers a well-researched historical fantasy as well as a detailed author's note explaining what comes after. This book is well-plotted with a perfect balance between new story and tying up elements from the previous installments in the series. Mortal Heart is an expertly written conclusion to a delightfully clever series. The only regret readers will have is realizing that the series is truly over. *This book was acquired for review consideration from the publisher at BEA 2014* Possible Pairings: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carringer, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Fire by Kristin Cashore, The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, The Agency by Y. S. Lee, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Winner's Curse by Marie, Rutkoski, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was amazing. I loved all the books. they keep you in suspense the entire time. I definitely recommend these books.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Book Three of the His Fair Assassins series Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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... What I Liked: It's officially official (again): this series is one of my favorite series everrrrrr. Grave Mercy was my favorite novel of 2012, and Dark Triumph was an excellent sequel (which I just read this past March). I preferred Ismae's story to Sybella's, but I just knew that I would love Annith's story. Annith has been in the convent, serving Mortain, longer than any of the other girls. She has never been on an assignment, whereas girls her age (like Ismae and Sybella) have been sent out. When Annith escapes, taking matters into her own hands, she discovers that some legends are true, and that she isn't quite like the other daughters of Mortain. Time is ticking for the duchess and the country, and Annith has an important role to play in the war to decide the ruling power of Europe. I love this series. I love that it appears to be a companion series, and it could be, but it really isn't. There are several general plots that run throughout the series - like the duchess and her marriage and the politics and the war and so much political scheming! Also, we get to see Ismae/Duval and Sybella/Beast in this book, as well as other characters from books one and two that I did not think would appear again. The first book is still my favorite of the series, but this book comes in second (with Dark Triumph in a close third). I love how complex this book is - it's not just about Annith and her self-discovery. The brewing war and overarching political conflict is also at the forefront of the book, as Annith is heading to Guérande (which is where Ismae, Duval, Sybella, etc. are). Annith has a key part to play in the war, but we don't get to see this until late in the book. The book is pretty long (450+ pages), but the story is so intriguing and fun to read. Maybe "fun" isn't the right word - I mean like, totally engrossing and engaging. I love Ismae/Duval, and I enjoyed reading about Sybella/Beast, and I really REALLY wanted to know more about Annith (and her love interest, who I will talk about later). We follow Annith from the convent to some crazy forest thing (no spoilers!) to where the duchess and Ismae/Sybella are, and there, Annith takes her place helping the duchess, but also, discovering secrets about the abbess, and her (Annith's) past. Annith is a mystery, for most of the book. We don't know who she is, or what she is, but we know that she cannot be an "ordinary" daughter of Mortain. She has no gifts of Mortain, but she is a faithful servant and a very skilled assassin. Annith is obedient, but there is always a thread of rebellion laced through her heart. She is determined to discover the truth of the abbess's schemes and plotting - and we know how twisted the abbess seemed in books one and two. Yes, yes there is romance in this book. The romance is a bit... unexpected, as LaFevers introduces a new element to the lore of the story. The male love interest in question is part of the new element of the story (which I won't give away). His name is Balthazaar, I'll give you that. I loveeeee Balthazaar - he is an interesting character, and has quite the dangerous edge. I like edgy. I won't say more. I thought it was interesting how LaFevers resolved the romance - I didn't know how it would end, honestly. This is probably my favorite historical fiction series in YA literature. Like, I loveee historical fiction, and I read a lot of it, but this has to be my favorite. Medieval historic times? Totally my thing. Plus all the politics and conflict AND breathtaking romance? Like woah. The ending of this book (and therefore, series) is good. I'm not going to say if it ended with a "happily ever after" or whatever - no spoilers from me! But it was good. I loved it. I love how things fit together. LaFevers addressed all of the conflicts in the book and series. Very well-done! Sufficient it to say, I was VERY pleased with this book. All the waiting and putting off reading this one despite having a review copy (I do things chronologically) was totally worth it. This book was stunning, beautifully written, solidly crafted, and all around, amazing! What I Did Not Like: Okay, I have to be honest, it took me a bit to get into the book. Maybe like, a hundred pages (or thereabout). It's a 450+ page book, so one hundred pages isn't really THAT much. Things get interesting when Annith leaves the convent, basically. Before that, I'm kind of like okay... I know LaFevers is setting up the scene, but eh. Necessary "evil". I don't really have many dislikes - this one just FEELS like a 4-star-read, you know? I loved Grave Mercy more, but I really liked this book! More like 4.5 stars. Would I Recommend It: I would recommend this book AND I would totally recommend this series in general! Seriously, this series is an Alyssa-approved series, one of my favorites (and probably my favorite YA historical fiction series). Plus, check out the covers! I like the original cover of Dark Triumph, but in general, I LOVED the covers of these books. And the books.  Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (only because it's not quite to 5 stars, like Grave Mercy. If that makes sense). But really guys, this book (and series) is so so so good! One of the best!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not only the best book of this series, but also the best book I have read! I don't think I have cried or laughed as much as I did with this book! I do NOT know what do with myself now that I've finished this series!!!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well, this was one of those books that took me a little longer to finish. As with most final books in a series. Anyway, 3 stars for the first half and a mix between 3.5 and 4 stars for the second half. I like the characters, the writing style and characters. And while I liked this, it was a little long. The other two are as well, but with that, stuff was happening. I mean stuff was happening with this one but at a slower pace. Also like that the title for each book has to do with the main character and their story. Just as good as the other two, though Dark Triumph is my favorite out of the three. A good finale and sequel and one of my favorite series.
Mythicalreader More than 1 year ago
This whole series is great. Couldn't put down this final book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this one before the others (On real paper with hardcover. Amazing, right?!) and instantly fell in love with the book (and Balthazaar ;3). It's a must read for feminists and romantics alike. =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite must read!!
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I have no idea how to ever put into words how much I enjoyed this series. Simply put, it is the best series I have read aside from the Harry Potter series. LaFevers again writes in flowing, beautiful language. She tells Annith's story with grace. I must admit at first I was not a fan of "Saint Annith", but I grew to love her as I did Ismae and Sybella for her personal strengths and dedication to her personal beliefs. Perhaps my favorite thing about this series is how LaFevers pulled 15th Century French history and the religion of the time together to craft such a unique historical fiction trilogy. You can tell how much time and effort went into researching the events of the time. I have nothing my praise for this series, as well as for Mortal Heart. I hope to read more from LaFevers in the future, and I hope she will write another series to capture my heart just as His Fair Assassin has!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was the best. Found it difficult to put it down. This book makes me want to learn more about the nine saints
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers. Each book took me away to a different time and place, and craved to meet and be reunited with the many different characters found within their pages. But there was something about Mortal Heart, the last book in this series, that didn’t have me relishing each and every page and moment. That reason being the main character, Annith. Don’t get me wrong, as I progressed through the book, she slowly but surely captured my heart and attention, as did the other characters, but I will admit that it took a lot longer than I had hoped. The main reason being she annoyed me so much. I found her to be so annoying, so hard headed, so arrogant… But in the end, it was these flaws, as well as the ones that she has always carried with her since her childhood, that made me like her. That probably doesn’t make sense, but go with it. As with all the strong female leads in these books, they each have their own dark secrets and stories that come to light. And the story of Annith is right up there with them. The difference? The unbelievable twists and turns that stem from her childhood to present day. The various twists that author Robin LaFevers puts in Mortal Heart left my head (and heart) spinning. Once I thought that there was no possible way that she can add anything else that will make me gasp, she does it again! And again, and again, and again…and I loved every minute of it. As in the other books, our fearless female leads grab the attention of the undeniably sexy leading men…and Balthazar (the sexy hellequin that I could not get enough of) was just that guy. Dark, mysterious, fearless…omg so hot. I pictured Balthazar as Jason Momoa, who played Kahl Drogo from Game of Thrones…muscles… *drool* I feel like I can’t really say too, too much as it will definitely give so much away, but the connection between Annith and Balthazar definitely has something to do with Mortain, the god of Death. The main idea of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers is this: Annith has trained all her life to be an assassin, and wants nothing more than to serve her god, Mortain, as one of his handmaidens of Death. But for reasons unbeknownst to her (until later), the Abbess keeps passing her up. The final straw is when the Abbess allows Matelaine, one of Annith’s sisters to go on her first mission…even though she is not fully trained, and has not passed all her tests, and is still pretty much a child! When the Abbess leaves the convent to go see the Duchess, Annith takes this opportunity to try and find out the reason why the Abbess is not letting her fulfil her destiny! Not only is she not being allowed to act as one of Death’s handmaidens, but the Abbess has informed her that her destiny is to be the next Seer! Ummm..hell to the no says Annith. And so she decides to travel afar (on her own) to find the Abbess and confront her with the answers to her many questions. What’s that saying though? Be careful what you wish for? During Annith’s travels, she happens upon a gang of hellequin who are on the hunt for souls, and the leader, Balthazar, seems to have taken a special interest in dear Annith. Can we say slight stalkerish? Not that I’m complaining because dang(!) Balthazar is foine. Both Annith and Balthazar have secrets that they are keeping from each other. Whether these secrets will bring them closer, or drive them apart is something you’ll have find out on your own. Apart from the fact that Annith really did annoy the bejesus out of me, I still came to adore this final installment in this series. Fans of strong female leads, unforgettable male interests, and a storyline that will keep your interests piqued right to the very end will really enjoy Mortal Heart along with the other books in the His Fair Assassin series. The writing is fantastic, the world so real that one could seriously get lost in it, and the characters are ones that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Do yourself a favor and check out these books! I highly doubt that you will regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like the first two books, this addition didn't disappoint. LaFevers simply writes in a way that keeps you reading. Not only was it vastly entertaining, but it made me see elements of my past in a new light. I love this series!
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She nods to Endertail. She slams into Nettle with all her might and leaves.
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book4children More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series from the beginning. I love how each girl and their experiences are so different from the others. No two stories are the same. In Mortal Heart, we get Annith's story. When she's told of her future as seeress for the convent, she can't imagine a more horrifying sentence. So she strikes out on her own to find her path and serve her god the way she was trained to. But Annith isn't like Ismae or Sybella. She doesn't enjoy taking life, and she has a softer heart than her sisters. Once again, Robin LaFevers pulled me into the rich tapestry of ancient Brittany and their struggle for independence. The characters are vibrant and fairly pulse with life of their own. I loved the way the author created such different heroines for each of these books. While they are all damaged in one way or another, their backgrounds and stories vary greatly, as do the men they fall in love with. Balthazar was a wonderful hero and I loved the new perspective we got of Mortain in this book. This series is definitely for older YA, although this book was the cleanest of the series. Content: Some violence, non-descriptive sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the series itself is one of my favorites
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