Mortal Heart

Mortal Heart

Book - 2014
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Annith's worst fears are realized when she discovers that, despite her lifelong training to be an assassin, she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever shut up in the convent of Saint Mortain.
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780547628400
0547628404
Branch Call Number: YF LAF NVD
Characteristics: 444 pages : map ; 22 cm

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happycanuck
Sep 20, 2017

A bit of a departure and an unusual theme. It took a bit of deciding as to whether I loved it as much as the earlier books. Not quite as much but it is still very good

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jhonnyappleseed2
Jul 13, 2015

Oh. My. Gosh. This book makes a positively thrilling conclusion to the series. Ms. LaFevers stepped up her game as far as plot twists go, the secrets of the abbess and of Balthazaar being the most prominent. I saw neither coming, which is something of a rarity for me. And as much as I can sympathize with Annith's desperation to escape, I can also sympathize with the reason for the abbess' choice to make her Seeress. Balthazaar's tortured soul is set beautifully against Annith's freedom-seeking one. She gives him a dose of hope, and he shows her all that a life outside the abbey can hold. Their pairing is one of mutual love and much needed aid, and it's absolutely, 100% beautiful. Annith's strength and beauty, as well as her deadly skill, make her a truly radiant character. A satisfying, wonderful ending to the trilogy.

KateHillier Feb 10, 2015

And so ends a really, really great series. There were some plot points in this one that I thought were fairly obvious but despite that it was great fun to see the characters figure it all out for themselves. This book's timeline is a little harder to pin down at the beginning - I think we're covering time from the first book as well - but once Annith decides to strike out on her own everything slots into place.

I've really been enjoying each girl's different point of view and circumstances in each book and Annith is no exception and is perhaps one of the more relatable one. She's the best at what the covent does but she's never sent out on assignment despite her age and experience. The decision that she's to be the Seeress is devastating and while her realisations about the convents motivations seemed at first quick and unbelievable to me it makes sense. She's a girl who has been raised in this environment from brith and has just come to the shocking realisation that the life she has been training for isn't what she thought it was and the rules aren't what she thought. It's really a harsh awakening and, paired with Ismae and Sybella's experience, she's a little more prepared to see it coming.

Annith of course meets a dark and roguish stranger but while it seems to fit a little too neatly I still really enjoyed it.

This was really a fantastic series overall and I am really bummed to have reached the end. I hold out hope that maybe we'll get a little more in this historical/mythological world.

ChristchurchLib Jan 05, 2015

"Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph introduced Ismae and Sybelle, trained killers from the convent of St. Mortain; this conclusion to the popular His Fair Assassin trilogy focuses on another of Death's handmaidens, Annith, who runs away from her grim destiny at the convent. Though she longs to control her own future, Annith is drawn toward a brooding lost soul named Balthazaar and caught up in the struggle between 15th-century Brittany and France. Rich with historical detail and simmering with murder, secrets, politics, and romance, Mortal Heart will captivate readers who appreciate complex, powerful heroines." Teen Scene January 2015 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/980dde42-de87-442a-8380-1448b62e9faa?postId=18b8d687-2efb-4cfa-8554-21a845f5226a

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marthabwaters
Dec 02, 2014

This was a great conclusion to LaFevers' His Fair Assassin trilogy, which I cannot praise highly enough. Each volume in the trilogy features a different female protagonist, and this time it's Annith's turn, though the heroines from the previous two books make notable appearances too. Featuring assassin nuns and set against the backdrop of medieval Brittany amidst a political power struggle, the novel is an intriguing mix of fantasy, romance, action, and historical fiction. Annith's character is extremely well-written, with LaFevers managing to portray both her insecurity, her confidence in her abilities, her anger and resentment, and finally her desire for love. The mix of supernatural, romantic, and political elements make for a winning combination; I'd recommend this series to teens and adults alike.

Monikan21 Jul 24, 2014

Book 3 of trilogy - His Fair Assassin, preceded by Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph. Finally - Annith's story and the conclusion to the trilogy. Great story with a good and unexpected ending. A lot of questions were answered; so don't skip to the last few pages and enjoy the suspense.

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"I will find the abbess in Guérande and make her tell me precisely why she insists I be seeress despite the many others who could fulfill those same duties. If it is not something personal, then it must be a flaw or lack of mine, and I will force her to tell me what it is, not hide behind half truths and lies. Because once I know what that flaw is, I can fix it. I can change that part of myself, as I have done so many times before."

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