Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

Release Date: November 4, 1014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website
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...

Not a bad finish for this trilogy, but it was a bit too long for my taste. There just wasn't enough action to keep me interested in this 444 page book. By the 60% mark, I was checking in earnest to see how much longer till Mortal Heart wrapped up.
It wasn't boring, per say, it just got kinda draggy.

Also, I had already figured out the 3 Big Reveals, and I was sort of just waiting on the end of the book for confirmation.
Pssst. I was right about all of them.
And, you know, that's just a bummer. I hate it when nothing surprises me, because then I end up feeling sort of blah about the whole book. Not horrible, mind you, just meh.

Ok, so this is Annith's story, but the the ladies from the other 2 books make appearances, as well. I thought that their additions to the story were very well done. This being the last book, it tied up all the loose ends, so having the 3 of them meet up and finish everything off together was great.

How was the romance?
Well, it was alright. It didn't start off with insta-love on Annith's part, and it was nice to see woman who wasn't fawning all over the first guy to pay her any attention.

I mean, he was quite literally the first guy she had ever really had any real contact with. So, it would have been pretty easy for the author to make her go all doe-eyed & weak in the knees over him. But since she didn't get stupid over him in the beginning, I kinda enjoyed the lovey dovey stuff. And by the end of the book, when they were going pretty hot an heavy, it felt more natural than I expected due to {spoilery reasons}. Also, it was all pretty fade to black, so while there was sex, you're not getting anything graphic.

Final Book = Final Battle

So, how was it?
Well, considering how much the book seemed to drag on in parts, I thought the end was pretty good. There was enough of that OhMyGodWillEveryoneMakeIt!? kind of thing going on to keep my ass riveted to the seat. And once it was over, LaFevers tied up all of the loose plot threads quite nicely.
Or, at least, I think she did.
I haven't read the second book yet (still on hold at my library!), but it looked to me like everyone & everything got a tidy ending. And while I wasn't blown out of the water by this one, I'm still glad I read it, if for no other reason than (after I get my hands on book 2!) I can finally tick this trilogy off my list.


Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

It feels like a slower growing book for me. Thanks for sharing. :)

aparajita said...

Draggy huh ..... Well i haven't read this book yet so I can't say but i do hope i can get to it soon.

Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

Anne Hannah said...

Welcome! I've heard #2 is the best.

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