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Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Book Review

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)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...
The His Fair Assassin series is one of my favorite historical fiction series ever. I remember being hesitant to read the first book because the idea of assassin nuns seemed too crazy to me. However, this series is extremely unique, and does such a great job at incorporating the actual history of Brittany in with the fantasy and original elements.

Annith had a much more intense story than I imagined she would, and I grew to respect her so much as a character. The details of her past are revealed, and they’re definitely not pretty. There were so many revelations and twists to the overall story that surprised me, and Robin LaFevers kept me guessing throughout the entire novel. 

The romance was the most interesting out of the series, by far. Annith and the love interest, Balthazaar, were definitely in a unique situation, and I was curious to see how things would end up working out for them, if at all.

Ismae, Duval, Beast, and Sybella’s cameos in Mortal Heart were all great. I loved how they still played roles in the storyline, as it’s one that carries over from the first two books. Relating to that, as I mentioned earlier, LaFevers does an amazing job at incorporating the fantasy elements with the historical ones. I think the historical aspect of France and Brittany is so fascinating. Although this is a bit of a different period, the show Reign shows you France’s perspective of things, so it was especially interesting to read about Brittany’s view of France. 

Mortal Heart is a fantastic conclusion to the His Fair Assassin trilogy and if you haven’t yet started this series, you definitely should! If you’re a fan of either historical fiction or fantasy, you’re sure to love this series :) I’d give Mortal Heart 4.5 out of 5 flowers. 


  1. This book sound like a good book, i read many reviews about it today, Great review :D

  2. Yay! Wasn't this wonderful? I will miss this series but I have high hopes that with the author's note that there will be a spin off soon!!

  3. I really need to read books 2 and 3. I'm going to need a refresher, though.

    glad you love it!

  4. Glorious review. So excited to begin this. This is definitely a favorite series for me too.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  5. I am so anxious to read this book :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Awww it seems like all these girls had a tough past :/ ohh I absolutely LOVE Reign. I find the POVs fascinating, seeing the duchesses' perspective on all this...

    Lovely review, Montana!


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