Review: MORTAL HEART by Robin Lafevers (2014)

Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Released: 2014
Source: Library Audiobook

Going into the His Fair Assassin, I didn’t know that this series will follow three different heroines. Coming out of Dark Triumph, specifically, it was such a great way to develop the world. Grave Mercy follows Isme, who is the reader who is completely new to the world of the convent of Mortaine and to this version of medieval Britain and France specifically. Sybella, on the other hand, is a little bit more ingrained to the noble courts. In this third book, we meet Annith, who was a central friend to Isme and Sybella and a bit of a mystery. Everything is spoilers, but wow she has such a compelling arc.

I really liked the presentation of her intimate knowledge of the convent and the tension between her serving her lord and her own wants and needs played out. Of the three books, this one features the most supernatural elements. The Hellaquin were terrifying, a French version of the Wild Hunt. In addition, we get to see more of the other orders worshiping different gods, and the different idealogical tensions there made for some fantastic world-building.

Characters from previous books really make this series cohesive, despite not following the same character’s point of view from start to finish. The romance, much like in the other two, was compelling and swoony. Plus, it absolutely blew my mind once the third act twist comes.

If you want court intrigue, murder, loose pagan mythology, and a whole lot of female characters who are strong in a variety of ways, do not miss His Fair Assassin.

January 2020 TBR

I am going to start announcing the books I intend to read per month, starting with January 2020.

Hard Copies

  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  • The Fortress by S.A. Jones (ARC)
  • The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (ARC)

Kindle

  • Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (Library Borrow)
  • Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Library Borrow)
  • Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani (ARC)

Audiobooks

  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (Library Borrow)
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Library Borrow)

My 2019 in Reading

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I read 118 books this year, mostly thanks to an aggressive ARC schedule and audiobooks. The list here are 19 books which I read this year that I loved, but weren’t necessarily published in 2019.

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Reading Recap: September 2019 (Audiobooks)

SeptemberAudiobooks2019RRSince I had taken several walks during break times of my September hell writing time, I wound up listening to quite a few audiobooks. Here are the highlights. Continue reading

Reading Recap: July 2019 (Just Audiobooks)

July2019RR.pngGet ready for Part 2. I refrained from finishing two more audiobooks today because one, I had a headache, and two, had some work to do which required deep focus. Welcome to all the audiobooks I read in July. Continue reading