06 February 2015

Mortal Heart

Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #3
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

The final installment in the trilogy, Mortal Heart is definitely my least favorite of the three.  And I do not say that lightly.  After all, I thought it showed the most promise for a kick butt, romantic entanglement free plot.  After all, where is a girl who is destined to live in a covenant for the rest of her life going to find a guy?  Annith has been stuck at the covenant since the beginning of the series.  Though she has honed her skills to be a fine assassin, the Sister has sent younger, less qualified girls out to tackle missions time and time again.  When Annith overhears that they plan to have her become the next seer, something instead of her snaps.  She has tried too hard for too long to escape from the covenant, only to discover they plan to keep her there indefinitely.

So Annith takes matters into her own hands and strikes out on a mission of her own choosing.  Almost right off the bat, she runs into a handsome stranger who just happens to also serve her god by guiding souls towards Death.  Cue the romantic interest and my eternal bane.  From there on out, I honestly lost interest in the story for the most part.  Throughout the course of the novel, we find out Annith has a rather shady past like the other two heroines of the story.  And yet, there is just something about her character that feels so bland.  It isn't that she isn't likable, because she is.  But I didn't feel that spark in her that the other two girls have, which made it a lot more difficult to get interested in her story.  The way her romantic interest plays out is rather distributing as well, as are the facts we learn about who she really is and where she comes from.

While the entire series has been a little fantasy entwined, this novel above the other two is too fantastical, with Death himself playing a much bigger role and being even more mortalized for more than just the briefest of moments.  While I am fascinated by nun assassins, in this novel they are hardly nuns nor assassins.  All three wind up taking lovers, and while they are plotting to try to figure out how to save Brittany and keep its rule, they hardly assassinate anyone in this novel either.  It is a lot more politics talk and marriage arrangement plots that anything else, and losses a lot of its luster for the final novel.  The ending is rather lackluster as well, which so much buildup that then sizzles quickly out to a rather hard to believe, fantasy driven conclusion.  But the novel does wrap up the plot that started way back in the first novel, and all three heroines from all three novels make an appearance in the final novel.  Still, I'm not quite sure it is worth the read just to finish the trilogy, but I did finally muck through it.

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