Friday, December 12, 2014
Review: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assasin #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…
Goodreads | Source: ARC from BEA14
I’m a sad panda…Mortal Heart was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014 but I did not love it.
It’s hard to say why because the writing is still as gorgeous and the plot just as intricatly woven as the first two books but I just didn’t connect to Annith in the same way as I did with Ismae and Sybella.
I really felt for Annith and how isolated her life was at the convent. Her entire life has been spent in training to be an elite assassin so she can serve St. Mortain. She’s the best, yet girl after girl is sent out to serve instead of her. This causes a crisis of faith in Annith that leads her away from the only home she’s known and into a world of seduction, betrayal and war.
Sounds good right? But after hearing Annith (justifiably) lament being left behind again and questioning Mortain’s purpose for her for the first 50 pages or so I was done. Yet, she continues with the endless doubts and questions for almost the whole book and at 449 pages, that’s too much for me. I feel awful for saying this, because Annith had such a difficult, lonely life, but I wanted her to shut up after a while.
Things got better when she met up with the enigmatic Balthazar but even the romance didn’t wow me. In fact, for reasons I can’t mention, because HUGE spoiler, it kind of squicked me out.
Mortal Heart was good with a few OMG worthy twists but Annith was never a character I truly connected with. Having said that – almost everyone I know loved this one. It’s such a unique series with gorgeous storytelling so I still highly recommend the His Fair Assassin series.