Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Title: Mortal Heart
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: Book Three in My Fair Assassins Trilogy
Published By: HMH Books For Young Readers (November 4, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Historic/Paranormal
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
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...








It is never easy seeing a series end, more often than not, it is bittersweet and sad. But along with the sadness, there is always that bit of excitement too, to see how it all finally comes together and end. This is one series that with each new book, I have fallen more and more in love with the writing, the rich attention to detail, and the rather original plot line of a convent of not nuns but servants of death, female assassins of Mortain. 

It was easy getting caught up in the storyline and while yes these books are long and full of detail they are also so fascinating that you can't help but want to read more and you become engrossed in the storyline. These books aren't just a pretty cover or pretty words written on a page. They have substance with characters while serving a god, are anything but whole or perfect. 

Annith was everything I was hoping she would be from the small glimpses we see of her in the other books. She is tough, fierce, and a fighter. She doesn't have all the answers but she is willing to go out and get them.

Balthazaar was...he was amazing. Like the previous other men from the series, he was swoon worthy and mysterious and just...so much more. I can't go into detail about him but just know that I loved him and he was perfect for Annith. They truly made each other whole.

Best of all, we get glimpses of all our favorites. Where they are, how they are doing and the missions they have been on.

Throw in a whole bunch of things that no one saw coming, twists, reveals, lies, truths, love and you really had an amazing ending to the series. So rich in historic detail and that slight paranormal edge that this truly is a series that is irresistible. I am so very sad to see it all end but so very excited at the same time with how it all came together. I truly couldn't have asked for anything more. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review*






Don't forget all the great post today for the Something Wicked Hop!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings: Compulsion by Martina A. Boone
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50 comments:

  1. Oh I didn't know this one was the end of the series. I haven't tried it but I really should because it sounds like a really good one!

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    1. It is and it was fabulous. You need to give it a try Melliane!

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  2. I am SO freaking excited for this book. I can't wait to see what the other two have been up to.

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  3. I am so happy tho hear that finial book is just as awesome as first two. Yes, it is bittersweet to see your favorite series end, but as much as I wish more sequels sometimes, it's much better when certain stories don't drag for too long because they lose appeal they had at the beginning.
    I can't wait to read Mortal Heart.

    Great review, as always! :)

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    1. I am so excited you started this series Glass and are loving it too. You will really like this one. Annith is awesome!

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  4. It is bittersweet to see a series end, but very challenging for the author to tie everything up while still throwing surprises in!

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    1. Very true but she did amazingly well. :)

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  5. I cannot wait my friend to read this and you have me excited to read more about Balthazaar. I will be said to see this trilogy end.

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    1. It was sad but exciting too. Bathazaar is fabulous!

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  6. I agree that it was bittersweet to see this series end, but I thought the author reserved the best one for last. I loved Annith and Balthazaar was made of swoon. That twist regarding him was so shocking!
    Lovely review!

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    1. I loved it Nick, all of it, twists and all!

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  7. I didn't realize that this is the end. I'm happy though, that the series retained all the good things that we loved from the first book!

    Thanks for sharing, Ali!

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  8. I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES ALI!!!! I think now is a good time to start since all the books are out and I can just binge read them. So glad this one was every bit as good as the previous two:)

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    1. You really do Jenny because I know you will like them all.

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  9. Thanks for the heads up. I wouldn't want to miss this. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  10. This is the second review of this series I've read today and the more I read them, the more I see that I would really enjoy some girl-power assassins. If Throne of Glass series is anything to go by then I would really enjoy it! I found your blog through another. I can't wait to talk books with you. Great review. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Emma and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I'm so so excited to read this! I just adore this series!

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    1. I am excited for you to start it Candace, you are going to love it!

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  12. I'm almost done with Dark Triumph and can't wait for Nov 4 to come sooner! I want to get to know Annith better and finally meet Balthazaar!! I'll be sad to see the series end too but thank god we can do rereads? Hehe thanks for the lovely review :D

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  13. I am half way through this and expect to finsih it today. It is exciting and I am liking seeing what happened to Ismae and Sybella. I love this series.

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  14. This sounds like an amazing series, and I'm glad you liked the end. I'm hoping to work on some series soon, because there are many I want to read!

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    1. Yay! I hope you do start it soon. :)

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  15. Gah nope, still have not read this series. I need more time in my life -flails-

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  16. I have the first book in this series and really want to read it. I just haven't had a chance yet. It sounds so good!

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    1. I hope you can read it soon Megan, it really is worth the read.

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  17. I'm not good with series enders too, there's several last books that I have to read but I can't yet for fear of disappointment more than anything. Glad this is a solid one, I do want to read this series someday and it ending really well is another plus.

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    1. I am terrible at finishing them as well Braine but I had to make an exception for this one. ;)

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  18. WOW - I was just browsing through & stumbled upon your lovely blog - It looks gorgeous and it has interesting posts that I can relate to! I have to check out these new reads now - I'm now following you via gfc, Hope you check out my blog? keep in touch love x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections
    Paperback International Giveaway

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! :D

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  19. Hmm. I guess my previous comment didn't go up. Anyway, I just finished reading this one and LOVED it! The twist! And Balthazar *swoons* I'm sad too to see this series end! Hopefully she'll write a spinoff!

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    1. I am hoping because of the author's note there will be a spin off, I would love to read it, especially if it is about the convent and Annith. ;)

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  20. Whew...I am sooooo glad you liked this. I haven't read it yet, so I didn't read the review JUST in case there is something in it I don't know :). I am sooo excited!

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  21. I must be under a rock or something-I know nothing about this series! Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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    1. Oh gosh, glad you saw this then! :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  22. Aws yay! LOVE when the final is an excellent read. Still sad to see them end but gah so good too. I've got book one on the tbr pile and you so make me want to grab it up now :)

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  23. This sounds like a really good series. Great review.

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  24. YAY glimpses of our favorites! I'm so glad to hear you loved this, it's such a painful thing to end a series but if it's satisfying that certainly helps! :-)

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