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She is the best fighter, excels in horsemanship and archery. Then why did the abbess send Sybella and Ismae after just a few years of training, but not her. There's something deeply wrong with the convent and it's abbess. It was the promise of having a life of my own—away from the convent—that fueled my determination to excel at everything they threw at me. On the way to the duchess, Annith encounters a group of Hellequin. Uncertain and afraid of what tho do, she accepts an offer from Balthazaar - dark, brooding leader of the Hellequin - and decides to hide in their midst.

The middle of this book was little bit stretched and boring and it started to pick up just at the end. Even though, Annith wasn't as interesting main heroine as Sybella or Ismae and I didn't love Balthazaar - the love interest - as much as Duval or Beast, I can't bring myself to give this book less than four stars. The prose is gorgeous, each main heroine is completely different and the story nicely combines fictional characters with true historical events. All in all, Mortal Heart is satisfying ending to the trilogy with some very surprising twists especially one particular thing that I realized just a moment before Annith did , I know what would each heroine do for a few years, but still will remain hopeful for some sequel from this amazing world.

By the time I am done, she is smiling at me with pride, as if she herself had been responsible for my daring. Which—I realize with a jolt of understanding—she partially is. In giving me love, Ismae and Sybella have given me strength. View all 13 comments. Jun 07, Alyssa rated it really liked it Shelves: November 4, Rating: ARC sent by the publisher Summary from Goodreads: It's officially official again: Grave Mercy was my favorite novel of , and Dark Triumph was an excellent sequel which I just read this past March. Annith has been in the convent, serving Mortain, longer than any of the other girls.

She has never been on an assignment, whereas girls her age like Ismae and Sybella have been sent out. When Annith escapes, taking matters into her own hands, she discovers that some legends are true, and that she isn't quite like the other daughters of Mortain.

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Time is ticking for the duchess and the country, and Annith has an important role to play in the war to decide the ruling power of Europe. I love this series. I love that it appears to be a companion series, and it could be, but it really isn't. There are several general plots that run throughout the series - like the duchess and her marriage and the politics and the war and so much political scheming! The first book is still my favorite of the series, but this book comes in second with Dark Triumph in a close third.

I love how complex this book is - it's not just about Annith and her self-discovery. Annith has a key part to play in the war, but we don't get to see this until late in the book. Maybe "fun" isn't the right word - I mean like, totally engrossing and engaging. We follow Annith from the convent to some crazy forest thing no spoilers!

Annith is a mystery, for most of the book. We don't know who she is, or what she is, but we know that she cannot be an "ordinary" daughter of Mortain. She has no gifts of Mortain, but she is a faithful servant and a very skilled assassin. Annith is obedient, but there is always a thread of rebellion laced through her heart.

She is determined to discover the truth of the abbess's schemes and plotting - and we know how twisted the abbess seemed in books one and two. Yes, yes there is romance in this book. The romance is a bit The male love interest in question is part of the new element of the story which I won't give away. His name is Balthazaar, I'll give you that. I loveeeee Balthazaar - he is an interesting character, and has quite the dangerous edge. I won't say more. I thought it was interesting how LaFevers resolved the romance - I didn't know how it would end, honestly.

This is probably my favorite historical fiction series in YA literature. Like, I loveee historical fiction, and I read a lot of it, but this has to be my favorite. Plus all the politics and conflict AND breathtaking romance?


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The ending of this book and therefore, series is good. I'm not going to say if it ended with a "happily ever after" or whatever - no spoilers from me! But it was good. I love how things fit together. LaFevers addressed all of the conflicts in the book and series. All the waiting and putting off reading this one despite having a review copy I do things chronologically was totally worth it. This book was stunning, beautifully written, solidly crafted, and all around, amazing!

What I Did Not Like: Okay, I have to be honest, it took me a bit to get into the book. Maybe like, a hundred pages or thereabout. Things get interesting when Annith leaves the convent, basically. Before that, I'm kind of like okay I know LaFevers is setting up the scene, but eh. I loved Grave Mercy more, but I really liked this book!

Would I Recommend It: I would recommend this book AND I would totally recommend this series in general! Seriously, this series is an Alyssa-approved series, one of my favorites and probably my favorite YA historical fiction series. Plus, check out the covers! If that makes sense. But really guys, this book and series is so so so good! One of the best! Feb 25, Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the things that I have liked so much about the His Fair Assassins series, besides the Assassin Nuns of course is the blending of completely fictionalized characters with actual historical events.

The time lines are not exact but the major events and characters are. This book is far more invested into the lore of the gods Mortain in particular but the other Nine One of the things that I have liked so much about the His Fair Assassins series, besides the Assassin Nuns of course is the blending of completely fictionalized characters with actual historical events. This book is far more invested into the lore of the gods Mortain in particular but the other Nine as well and their increasingly changing roles with the influx of the Christianity.

Annith has been in the Convent of Mortain for most of her life. But every one of her peers has been sent out before her and now even younger girls are being given assignments. When it becomes clear that the Abbess has plans for Annith to become the seeress for the convent and never leave she decides she has had enough and must take her life in her own hands. At no time have I ever felt called to the duties that Sister Vereda performs.

But once she leaves things get really interesting. That even if we are lost or wandering, He will find us—always, He will find us—and try to bring us home. Annith also finds out so much more about her past, the Abbess and her own role to play in helping Queen Anne and all of Brittany. It seems that the stories of the gods might have something in them that could give Anne a chance against the French. While I enjoyed the historical aspects of the story, this one in particular had more supernatural events going on.

More about the gods and their past came into play. I liked how each order had their own stories and how each story held some truth to it but not the complete story. Leader of the Hellequin he is dark, brooding and has a sense of sadness and longing to him. While most people are scared of the Hellequin Annith finds an easy rhythm while traveling with them and something starts to blossom between her and Balthazaar. Annith deserved an epic love and I think she got it in him. I know where all three girls will be at least for the next five years or so.

Fantastic re-telling of a historic period with some supernatural elements. May 11, Miriam Mathew marked it as to-read Shelves: How the hell is there already 30 ratings?!!!!!!! The book hasn't even been written yet, not least published!! Crazy, I tell you, crazy. There's already one annoyingly-cheerful psychic in Twilight, we don't need another to foretell what Mortal Heart 's going to turn out like.

I'm happy in my ignorance and I'm still going to read it, because hell I love this trilogy. Judge it after you read it. In the meanwhile, I'm going to be suffering from withdrawal until I think I'll live View all 9 comments. Oct 20, Cinda rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love Robin LaFevers's work--such a cool mingling of history and fantasy and romance. I'm sorry the assassin nun trilogy is coming to an end. May 15, Alise Readers in Wonderland rated it it was amazing Shelves: She was somewhat of a mystery in the previous books and the beginning of this one really focuses on answering some of the questions you might have had about her, and we realize why she is the way she is.

There are plenty of familiar faces but a whole heap of fresh ones as well, which is a nice surprise considering this is the final installment. Speaking of new characters though… The romance. So heartbreaking, so sweet, so dangerous, so awesome. If you fell in love with Duval and Beast, you just wait.

There was one I saw coming, but the other… The other… I loved the way it was revealed too. We learn so much more about everything in this book, discovering the truth just as Annith does. This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. None of these gifs are mine. View all 3 comments. Jul 20, Jodi Meadows rated it it was amazing Shelves: These are some of the best books I have ever read. View all 6 comments. When Grave Mercy first came out, it polarized opinions and caused some very heated discussions. Some felt that it focused too hard on the romance and others were disappointed by the number of deaths these killer nuns inflicted.

Some, on the other hand, felt that it achieved a perfect balance between court politics, murder and romance. I myself was an immediately fell in love with the characters, all the court intrigue and the beautiful historical setting. Dark Triumph further confirme 3. Dark Triumph further confirmed my opinion. It was much darker than its predecessor, incredibly painful and cruel to both Sybella and the reader, but it was also heart-wrenchingly beautiful and it made me feel unimaginable things.

Alas, I found myself feeling oddly indifferent. LaFevers once again deserves praise for her gorgeous writing, her planning and her strong historical basis. She built an entire imaginary world around few vague historical facts and I think her idea, as well as her execution, is nothing short of admirable. I liked Annith well enough, I suppose, but compared to Sybella or even Ismae, she somehow fades into the background.

For me she never managed to become more than a fairly prominent secondary character. My lack of connection with Annith caused a noticeable lack of connection with the romantic aspect of this book. Once the focus shifted away from Annith, though, the overall plot was executed perfectly. I admire LaFevers for keeping everything together and planning the main plotline so well while staying true to those few historical facts. As the author of my two all-time favorite reads, LaFevers firmly remains on my auto-buy list.

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  • I love it even more than Dark Triumph. The characters are fabulous. I think you get the general idea. The plot and twists and turns are awesome. The turmoil of this book matched Dark Triumph in almost every way— the tragedy of a painful childhood, the sorrow of loss, the hopelessness, the distressing weight of betrayal versus forgiveness, the triumph of defeating the dark, the bliss of finding your place in the world.

    She wrote this series like a boss! I do have a few issues with the book, but ehhh, you can read other reviews for that. View all 8 comments. Apr 29, Keertana rated it liked it. To be frank, I don't have much to say about Mortal Heart. It's a satisfactory ending to LaFevers debut trilogy--and wraps up all the loose ends nicely--but as far as being Annith's story, I felt it lacking. Perhaps it's simply because Annith isn't as strong a force to be reckoned with as Sybella. It's not that Annith isn't a formidable assassin--because she is--and her force of will is to be respected as she struggles to find the truth within her beloved abbey.

    Yet, she doesn't possess Sybella or Ismae's dark past which makes their stories compelling from the start itself and though it takes awhile for Annith's tale to find its footing, it continues to lose traction over time, not gain. I love Annith as a protagonist but the journey she undertakes in Mortal Heart pales in comparison to the stakes in both the previous novels.

    Moreover, the romance did absolutely nothing for me except to make me cringe a time or two and question--a lot--why there couldn't have been anyone else for Annith. I feel as if Mortal Heart is a tricky novel, being the final installment in this trilogy, and LaFevers succeeds in many ways.

    Not only does the plot line that began in Grave Mercy reach fruition, but we are able to see our three heroines united, changed, and happier than they were when we first met them. Unlike the last two novels, Mortal Heart doesn't revolve around an assassination or a piece of the plot; it's where the entire story converges into one.

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    Thus, Annith isn't the sole starring character at hand. Though we follow her journey, there are other compelling, strong women at play who--and this just may be my personal love of Sybella--at times undermined Annith's casting into the spotlight. Additionally, though the romance isn't--and shouldn't be--a deciding factor in the enjoyment of a novel, I wasn't on board with this love story at any point and after Sybella and Beast's tale, felt vastly disappointed with this one.

    Frankly speaking, I didn't feel as if Annith needed romance. She's such a compelling and strong heroine, one whose loyalties to her sisters and friendships with them makes up so much of her being, that to have that replaced with a romance didn't hold the same weight or resonance for me as it likely should have. Plus, the romances of Ismae and Sybella, held side-by-side with Annith's lack of romance at first and then, later, her romantic interest, only made me feel as if Annith was desperate for the love Ismae and Sybella had found and needed a man to complete her as her sisters did.

    I have never felt that way about the romances in this series until this odd dichotomy. Mortal Heart brings up shocking revelations and I have no doubt that die-hard fans of this series will adore this final installment. As someone who didn't plan to continue the series after Grave Mercy --something about that book simply did not tick with me--yet fell in love with Dark Triumph, this final installment falls somewhere in the middle.

    Not nearly as good as Dark Triumph but far more satisfactory than Grave Mercy. LaFevers trilogy is a beloved one among many and though it doesn't rank among my favorites by far, I love these heroines and everything they stand for. Thus, I do not hesitate to recommend forth this series, flaws and all. I dont want this to be the end,but it is and its beautiful. The final book in this marvellous trilogy was far more than i anticipated. The story took such a different and weird turn,and at some point you're just left looking at the void and thinking 'WOW,I did NOT see this coming.

    Don't I dont want this to be the end,but it is and its beautiful. Don't let me even start with Baltazar or our two other couples. Ismae and Duval, Sybella and Beast.. And and i cant fangirl here about my other OTP without spoiling this book for you guys,so i'll just say.. And again, a thousand stars wont be enough for this book. I think everyone should read these books and just gape at the awesomeness of them all. I will be re-reading them soon. This book gave so many feels!!

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    Soul mate books can do that to a person!! Sep 08, Sh3lly grumpybookgrrrl rated it liked it Recommends it for: People who like historical fantasy for young adults. This is the final book in the historical fantasy His Fair Assassin trilogy. Each book focused on a different "daughter of Mortain," or Handmaiden of Death. This was Annith's book. Everything wrapped up nicely and everyone got their HEAs. I was surprised by several twists in this. This book wasn't as exciting as Sybella's book, Dark Triumph , but it was still enjoyable.

    Annith was a pure soul who deserved to find the answers to her past and someone to love. I'm glad the truth about the This is the final book in the historical fantasy His Fair Assassin trilogy. I'm glad the truth about the Abbess came out and she was dealt with. It was nice to see the characters from the previous books back too. Everything ended in a satisfying way. Jul 19, Krista Wright rated it really liked it. This was a great ending to the 'His Fair Assassin' series. Everything was tied up really well, and I am glad to see Ismae, Sybella, and Annith all get a happy ending.

    I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first two books. And it is definitely more of a fairytale than a historical fiction, in my opinion. Still, I loved this series very much and I am glad to have discovered it. Originally posted on Super Space Chick: With the help of Ismae and Sybella, the Dutchess has been able to avoid several assassination attempts and attempts at usurping her but the situation is really coming to a head in this final installment which follows Annith, the last of the sisters never to be sent out on a mission by the convent so she takes matters into her own hands.

    Annith is by far one of the most interesting girls at the convent of Saint Mortain.

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    The mysteries surrounding her birth and her relationship with the abbess and her predecessor is a complex web that is fascinating to watch unfold. I love that Annith takes matters into her own hands and despite always being the agreeable person she is, she really challenges authority, searches for truth and handles the revelations she discovers with a large amount of grace.

    She never loses sight of herself or her main objectives despite all of the questions that her past leaves her with. I also really loved the relationship between her and Balthazaar. I also think Mortal Heart is my favorite of the series because we get to see Annith, Ismae and Sybella reunited and there are so many heartwarming moments between these sisters. Everything plays out nicely and the story is completely tied up upon the completion of the novel but there are enough questions that the further installments will definitely be high upon my TBR list!

    But you must start with Grave Mercy and work your way to Mortal Heart first! If you like historical fiction with an element of fantasy and appreciate 15th century jokes, this is the book for you! Mar 20, Tanja Tanychy St. It might be surprising why I waited for so long to finish this trilogy.

    Well the thing is, Annith was one I had high expectations for. After reading Dark Triumph somehow this series started to get away from me, as I did't connect with it as much as I did with Grave Mercy. But luckily for me, Mortal Heart returned this on the right track. It'll be heart to write a review solely about this book without spoiling the first two for you, so I won't say much. But after hearing Ismae and Sybella's stories it was time to go back to covenant and get to see how things really function there. Annith as one who has been there for a long time has a lot to say about it.

    She always felt like worthless as she didn't get to go and fulfill her missions without knowing what's really behind all that. After her fears came true and she found out that she is about to become the next Seeress and forever kept in the covenant it's time for her to show what she is really made of. I wasn't surprised that I always felt strong connection with her as she is so much like me.

    Always working hard and giving her best but at the same time obedient. Luckily for me she got to be herself and take things into her hands. One weird thing happened though. I really shipped romance here from the start. It had all elements that I was looking for, slow building and whit that ups and downs. But even when I realized what's really happening it didn't bother me as much as I expected.

    So heck to the author, who made me fall for it to the point of no return. All in all, this is one of the series that you must have on you reading list. It'll take you back in history, our history and add a spark of magic there. Sep 11, Meg rated it it was amazing Shelves: So probably the saddest thing that happened to me this summer was that I finished this book trilogy way too soon and I wasn't ready for it to be over by the time I finished Mortal Heart.

    I wish there had been more books in this series following more of "Death's Daughter's" but I understand why it was only a trilogy. That being said, Mortal Heart is my second favorite in the trilogy. It follows Annith now, who just like Ismae and Sybella is going on her own mission to do what she thinks is right. I felt for Annith so strong because she was the only one who wasn't going on missions and the fact that she choose to leave on her own because she thinks it's what she's supposed to do is just awesome.

    Annith's story definitely has the biggest fantasy vibe to it, which I loved cause I adore fantasy, and I found that to be interesting. The plot twists in this book were insane. I was not expecting half of the things that happened in this book to happen. I was completely floored at some points.

    Annith, in my opinion, was definitely the most relate-able out of the three women throughout this series. I think part of why I loved this trilogy was because it was such a different time and a unique place to tell a story in. Robin Lefevers did an amazing job with this trilogy and I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.

    Dec 24, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Annith is the most adept assassin-in-training at the convent honoring Mortain, the god of the dead. Her skills at archery, riding, and weaponry are unmatched. Yet time and again she is passed over for an assignment beyond the convent walls. Instead she will be trapped in a tiny room and isolated in the role of Seer.

    An Annith is the most adept assassin-in-training at the convent honoring Mortain, the god of the dead. Instead, she flees the convent—across the water in the dark of night. And runs headlong into the hellequin, a band of warrior dead who spend every night riding in a dramatic hunt across Brittany and striving to atone for their sins. Of the three books, this one veers the farthest into the realm of fantasy, largely due to the intriguing leader of the hellequin.

    This series is set in the mid 15th century in Britain and revolves around girls brought up in a convent dedicated to assassinating the crown's enemies. I read the first book and found it a bit dull, a little to clean, but serviceable. I picked this up seeing a GR friend had enjoyed it and thinking the plot sounded like a bit more fun. The plot of this book is incoherent and meandering. It takes ages for anything to happen and the "romance" is very weak even compared to the first novel.

    There just isn't enough of anything to hold interest- the pacing is slow, the romance is dull, the plot is watery.


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