Review: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #3
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Expected Publication: November 4, 2014

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..

"So many mothers dead, so many daughters blamed."

Mortal Heart is the third and sadly final book in Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin Series. This series has been so very near and dear to my heart that I knew even before going into it that Mortal Heart had quite lofty expectations to live up to. Days before I finally picked Mortal Heart up and began reading I started stressing out. What if it wasn't good? What if it ended badly? The rational side of me knew these fears were quite silly but the doubt monster has a way of getting in the way nonetheless. Thankfully, all that fear and doubt was put to rest the moment I started reading Mortal Heart.

One of the best parts about the story was getting to see Annith's perspective. Too long was she chained to the Convent and beaten down by those who claimed to have her best interests at heart. Seeing her fly free and assert herself as a strong,independent,woman was the release I didn't know I'd been waiting for this whole time.

Another thing I really loved was the introduction of the Hellequin, especially the leader called Balthazar. Oh, my, swoon. Sure he might be one of the damned but his redemption was pivotal to the story and I really enjoyed his relationship with Annith. Balthazar reminded me greatly of Henry from The Goddess Test series (dark, brooding, highly misunderstood) and that alone was enough to cement his place in my heart.

Lastly, I think the best part about the story was the ending. Lies were revealed, betrayals of the greatest sort come to light and through it all I was kept guessing as to what would happen. It was perfection and I couldn't be happier with how it and the series wrapped up.

Final Thoughts
I really have zero complaints about Mortal Heart. Everything I was hoping to see took place and all the characters in the end were given conclusions to their stories. As with those that came before it the imagery was perfectly detailed and the world building was fantastic. We even get to catch up with Sybella & Ismae! I'm truly going to miss this series so much and it is with a heavy heart that I sit here wrapping up my final review. It's been one hell of a journey, Thank You Robin LaFevers for making it so great.

With that being said, I'll be rating Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers ★★★★★.

*Copy provided by Publisher. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any which way for providing them.

About the Author
Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.

Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.

While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.

In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at

If you would like to check out my reviews of the previous books in the series you may do so by clicking below!


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