Mortal Heart

Author: Robin LaFevers 
Pages: 464 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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...

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Annith has been training for years to become an assassin for St. Mortain but has still not received her call to serve. Her friends have come and gone, leaving her all alone in the halls of the convent. 

After overhearing a conversation she is shocked to discover that all her training has been for nothing - she is to become a Seeress, destined to spend her entire life inside the walls of the convent. Refusing to give up the future she wanted for herself, Annith decides to flee the convent and sets out to complete the work of St. Mortain. 

My Thoughts: I adored the first two books in this series, so I was eagerly awaiting the release of Mortal Heart. Robin LaFevers does not disappoint - Mortal Heart was everything I'd hoped for and more. Annith was an amazing character, and the return of some old favourites had me smiling throughout. 

As per usual, the writing was beautifully done. LaFevers definitely knows how to bend words to her will. I loved the twists and turns of the plot - it kept me hooked and reading well into the night. The romance element was very well done as well and had me hoping they'd get their happily ever after. I also LOVED the way everything pulled together in the end (and I'm being purposely vague so as to avoid spoilers, but if you've read it you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about).

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and I recommend the series to anyone looking for a fresh, unique read with some badass female characters.

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