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Stellar Series Ender | Book Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart, the final installment in the His Fair Assassins series is HERE!!

Book Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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Title & Author: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) by Robin LaFevers

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Historical Fiction

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Series: His Fair Assassin #3

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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…”

Conclusion to His Fair Assassin Series

One of the things I love most about this series is that each book brings new life and intrigue. I love hearing a new voice and perspective, and I was particularly excited to read Annith’s in Mortal Heart.

It was a little odd at first – you know from the description that Annith escapes the convent to make her own way in the world. So you’d think that happens right away in the story, but it actually takes about 50 pages to happen. Which is a lot of pages when you’re waiting for the action to happen.

But, once Annith is on her own, the story is true magic. There’s a lot of traveling in this book (complete with a map), and I found it refreshing and fun.

Even though there’s so much going on and new characters and different voices, LaFevers always manages to add cohesion. All her books are synced with rich historical details and leading ladies who are just everything.

Annith is a rule-following, basically-perfect type, and seeing her test her abilities in the real world. She’s a great counter-point to the headstrong Ismae and the darkly sassy Sybella.

The romance in this story has to be one of my favorites, too. It was all forbidden love on an epic scale. It was sweet and sexy all at the same time. LOVE.

Plus, there are TWISTS in this book, you guys. MAJOR ONES. And, they’re really, really good. Like, holy wow good. I love being surprised and delighted, and Mortal Heart brought it in spades.

And as another bonus, we get to see both of the previous heroines again and a lot of loose ends are tied up with their stories. Cuz we NEED closure, please.

Aside from the slow start, my only other slight comment about the book is that the ending didn’t really “bang.” It sort of closed softly, and I was expecting more of an in your face explosion of all the things coming to a close. It wasn’t a bad ending, it just didn’t pack the punch I was hoping for.


The His Fair Assassin series has been such a ride. I knew from the first book that I loved LaFevers writing style, rich with historical flair and lovable heroines. This final book did an amazing job of wrapping up all the stories, and I think Annith is my favorite leading lady yet. Mortal Heart is the conclusion you’ve been waiting for, and it does NOT disappoint – get ready for the awesome.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Lisa Schensted


    You’re right though that the slow start was confusing to me as well but I think it was mostly because I was SO EXCITED that I expected it to start immediately. But like Annith, I had to wait. And like Annith, the wait was SO WORTH IT.

    Awesome review, per usual.