Review of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)Mortal Heart
By: Robin LaFevers
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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…

My Thoughts:
Epic fantasy novels are some of my very favorite though I find them the most challenging to review. Not only that, but this was the last of a series of companion books. I will tell you now, I adored this book. LaFevers’ writing was spotless, flowed beautifully and evoked powerful imagery and emotion.

Each of these books has been my very favorite as I read. Every time I feel that LaFevers couldn’t possibly create a character or relationship that would be as good as the last. But she accomplished just this. Each book built upon her world and characters creating a beautifully rendered story that swept seamlessly over the three books.

In Mortal Heart we get to know Annith who was mentioned in the previous two novels but only really developed in this one. I thought she was an incredible character that was tough, bold and strong willed. I loved her spirit and inability to settle in her life. I immediately connected with her and wanted the best. She was an easy main character to read about and root for.

LaFevers excelled at creating a complex society with political intrigue and historical relevance. I loved all the nuances she created and implemented throughout this series. Interspersed with the historical are three amazingly well developed romances, Mortal Heart was no different. The relationship between Annith and Balthazar was possibly my favorite. I felt that they pushed one another and brought out the best and sometimes the most pained aspects in one another. I loved watching them struggle to overcome their personal issues to grow to know the other.

This novel had a few twist and turns that were elegantly executed. I sawΒ each of them prior to the reveal but this in no way dampened my reading experience and actually added to it.Β I loved watching everything unfold and patting myself on the back when I was correct. I think many readers will miss the twists coming since they’ll be so immersed in the writing they won’t take the time to predict the outcomes. Either way this novel will keep your interest and be difficult to put down.

Final Thoughts:
Robin LaFevers is an incredibly talented writer who is able to completely immerse the reader in her world and characters. I can’t recommend this series high enough to any historical fiction and fantasy reader. Really, anyone that enjoys complex characters and impeccable writing will enjoy these.


  1. says

    Wonderful review, Kristen, and I completely agree! I think each book got better for me, with Mortal Heart being my favorite. I loved how everything came together and the end, and the romance was surprisingly amazing. It has a brooding quality that I always love.

    • says

      I thought LaFevers did such a great job on B’s character. He was brooding, mysterious but not overly so. I adored him. Just perfection in every book. Big, delighted sigh thinking of this series.

  2. says

    I need to crack into Dark Triumph asap so that I can get to this one in time! I absolutely loved LaFevers’ writing in Grave Mercy and your enthusiasm makes me glad to know that this writing is repeated in the next two books! I love a bit of political intrigue so I can’t wait to give the last two books a go. Fantastic review, Kristen! x

  3. says

    I can’t read your review yet since I haven’t had a chance to write mine yet but so agreed about the awesomeness and I wanted to let you know that I’m flailing πŸ˜€

  4. says

    Now I’m really excited to start the series! Fantasy in general I find it takes me longer to get into, but when I know it’s good I can carry on with it. Love that you get to know Annith more, and of course, the romance sounds good. πŸ˜‰ I keep hearing about those twists, so NEED to know now, haha. Glad it was everything you wanted it to be! πŸ™‚

  5. says

    I’ve skimmed read your review cause I’m awaiting my own copy, hoping that it’ll arrive very soon, so I’m trying to go into the book with as little knowledge as possible!!

  6. says

    I only skimmed the review because I plan on reading it this week, but yay, I makes so happy to see 5 stars for this book! It’s nice to see the end of the series go out with an awesome bang! Glad to hear you enjoyed it (:

  7. says

    I am so, so glad you loved this book too sweetie. <3 It was just all kinds of awesome. And oh. I cannot wait to read whatever Robin writes next πŸ˜€ So excited. <3 I love your review of it Kristen. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

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