Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers, Review and Giveaway!

From 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...

Every book in this series has been more impressive than the last, and after Dark Triumph I was both elated by the prospect of Annith's story and worried she couldn't possibly top Sybella's story. In fact, Dark Triumph was such a phenomenal story I couldn't ever seem to do it justice review wise and eventually just gave up.  So let me just take a moment to say that it was a dark triumph of writing and a spectacular book that deserves every ounce of praise it received and then some. However, I needn't have worried, Annith's story was the icing on the His Fair Assassins cake, in every possible way.

There are many aspects I loved about this series. It was a unique mix of folklore, history and fantasy, it has fabulously broken girls who kicked ass in all regards, it uses three very different personalities to flesh out so many views and experiences of religion and belief, and it tells a sweeping and engrossing story.  The way the three books came together in the end was extremely satisfying, watching each girl come into their own and take hold of their destinies was cathartic and exciting, and LaFevers threw in enough reveals and surprises to keep you on your toes throughout.

I particularly liked the way Anniths story intersected with the other gods and revealed more about the mysterious other disciples and groups. Although it's hard to say where she could take it, I would love to see LaFevers explore more of this world from other view points.

I won't say too much more, for fear of spoiling something, but Anniths revelation about Mortain is by far my favourite, and definitely fitting for the final piece in this highly enjoyable series. I can't rave about these enough to do them justice, but if you're looking for a story with both heart and some of the toughest female leads since Katniss, well then, look no further.

Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers, November 4th, 2014
My Copy kindly provided by the publisher
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