Series: His Fair Assassin #3
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children on 4 November 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
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...
Mortal Heart rounded up His Fair Assassin series beautifully! With much more mythology, and the big mystery of why Annith was being left behind, I was up half the night because I couldn’t sleep until I had finished reading.
My Mortal Heart review:
The setting was awesome, the character development of Annith was really good, and I loved learning more about the mythology of Mortain and the other nine my favorite assassin nuns and others worshipped. Annith finally showed her backbone, and she acted according to her own beliefs rather than blindly following the abbess. And let me tell you, the abbess really pissed me off in Mortal Heart – not that I actually liked her in Dark Triumph or even Grave Mercy, but here she really showed the lengths to which she was willing to go to further her own will, and make sure she and Annith would stay safe in the process.
As Annith listened at doors, prepared her saddlebag and got ready for leaving the convent and the island behind, my heart was speeding because I was so afraid something would happen so she wouldn’t make it. I loved seeing how strong Annith truly was, and learning much more about Mortain during her journey made it all the better. Finding her own way, and also discovering people she could seek help from showed that she was also very smart – nobody can do it all alone. On the road, she not only got to participate with the hellequin’s hunt, and she stayed with them for several days, until she discovered something in their leader’s, Balthazaar, saddlebag. Cunning and courageous, she managed to leave them behind, and she had a dream vision that led her to warrior women the next day.
On the road to confront the abbess, Mortal Heart also showed the road to Annith’s self-discovery. And it sure wasn’t all pretty, even things she was sure she knew about herself ended up being different form what she believed. Between doubting her faith, her strength, her friendships and even her future and then also being strong, always moving forward, and thinking about others first made Annith an extraordinary character to follow. When she finally arrived at her destination, she met up with Ismae and being with her dear friend helped her find the courage she needed for her meeting with the abbess. It took several confrontations and quite a bit of verbal abuse before she was finally able to come to the bottom of the dark secrets hidden by the one person who was supposed to be Mortain’s most fervent follower, though.
Several plot-lines were followed in Mortal Heart, but the main story was all about Annith and her faith. All the important characters from the first two books were present, and I loved seeing Sybella, Ismae and Annith together again. The young Duchess continued to impress me both with her wisdom and her strength, and the strong side-characters helped move the story forward as well. The romantic side of Annith came out as well, and I loved how she used all of her own experiences to look into her own heart in order to find the answers she needed concerning that.
While I am sad this series has come to an end, I’m completely satisfied with the way things were tied up.
Some of my favorite Mortal Heart quotes:
It is a habit I developed when young, collecting secrets like a miser collects coins.
No, I do not need to wonder. I know – she would never have considered such a thing. It would be like fashioning a weapon and using it to stir a pot.
In the real world, assailants will not hold back or soften their blows, so how will my doing so teach the others anything except how to be weak and die young?
It is not the first lie I have ever told her, but it is the first one that I do not feel any guilt or remorse for having told.