Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Age range: 15 and up
Grade level: 9 and up
Series: His Fair Assassin Trilogy (Book 3)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 4, 2014)
Genre: Historical fiction
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, 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 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.