Once again Robin LaFevers blows us away with the latest incredible installment in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. Annith finally gets under the spotlight, and does she ever shine.
Like the other books, GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH, the story is really driven by Annith’s strength of character. While these nuanced and well-plotted historical stories are definitely moved by certain events, battles, and political situations they are at their heart quite character-driven. Right away I got a strong sense of Annith’s character, what was important to her, and what she will and won’t do to survive. It wasn’t long before I also realized that I loved Annith best of all the Daughters of Mortain. Annith is so amazing in so many ways, and yet she spends her life ignoring her own wants and needs in order to please others. When she finally realizes just what she’s doing, and how she’s been manipulated – well, not even gods could stand in her way.
Annith really takes matters into her own hands and does what she believes is right. This isn’t easy for her; she is constantly doubting and questions her own actions and motivations. But when the moment is right Annith finds her inner strength, stands up for herself, and stands her ground behind her own decisions and desires.
Speaking of desire, we are introduced to another of Mortain’s followers: the curious Hellequin, male followers of the god of Death who are, at the moment of their deaths, given a second chance to roam the Earth on an endless Hunt in search of lost souls in order to redeem themselves for their earthly crimes. The leader of the Hellequin is a deliciously dark and brooding man named Balthazaar, and we cannot help but fall in love with him soon after Annith encounters him. The addition of the Hellequin as male followers of Mortain was really interesting.
In this (final?) installment of the His Fair Assassin series readers are treated to the secrets of the Gods, a new and heart-aching romance, and plenty of suspense and action. It is honestly my favorite book in the series so far, and Annith is my favorite of the girls.
MORTAL HEART on Goodreads:
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…