In such a way does the Wheel of Life turn, with every ending but a new beginning…
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers stole my heart, just as the first two books in the series, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph did. This one by far has the most plot twists and turns yet, a surprisingly bold character and an even more surprising love interest.
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…
Annith emerges from this book like a dark storm. She has a ferocity you don’t pick up on by seeing her from the perspectives of Ismae and Sybella, and it’s brilliant. At times, she acted in a way that had my jaw dropping in awe at her gutsiness. Annith has confidence in her skills, but not in herself. She does a lot of soul-searching in this book, and it did get pretty heavy at times with all the questions, but it balances out pretty with with the fate of Brittany reaching its climax, and the intrigue reaching its highest. Annith’s love interest was definitely my favorite male lead so far. He’s dark and broody but sweet and tender all at the same time. The romance wasn’t too heavy as he did disappear for some time in the story, but the chemistry sparked effortlessly.
The abbess plays a significant role in this book, and we see so many sides of her. In Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, there’s some suspicion into the abbess, and that gets both intensified and mollified at the same time, if you can believe it.
Plot-wise, this book had the most going on. Especially towards the end, everything was perfect madness and climax and there was always something that kept me turning page after page after page. There isn’t as much killing as the first book, though – whether that’s good or bad depends on your preference, but I did enjoy seeing the handmaidens acting in that way. Annith isn’t Ismae or Sybella, though, and she has her own story that’s just as compelling.
This book had a really great ending – for the book itself and the series. I loved seeing all the past characters come back together and join forces to fight off the French; it was really heartening. The tender moment at the end made tears jump into my eyes.
Mortal Heart was a fantastic end to the His Fair Assassin series. I don’t really know what to do now that it’s over except…start over again?