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Mortal Heart

(His Fair Assassin #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  22,464 ratings  ·  2,589 reviews
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, Annit ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

“If Death could grant you a wish, you would use it for someone else? Trade your happiness for someone else's?”

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As I always do with my 3 star reviews, I maintain that just because I rated a book 3 stars does not mean I didn't like it/it isn't good. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the two books before it. Therefore, 3 stars.

I truly believe that Robin LaFevers has brought something special to the young adult genre with her His Fair Assassin trilogy. I can't recall a hist
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I felt sorry for Annith for a good part of the book. All she wanted was to go out and do her duty and serve Death (Mortain) but she has been kept at the convent. She can't understand why, as the best assassin they have, that she is being kept and not sent out on missions. Yeah, I never saw that reason coming, not for a long shot.


Annith misses Ismae and Sybella from the first two books so much and she can't understand why she is still at the convent and not helping them. I already said that, but
3.5 stars

Not a bad finish for this trilogy, but it was a bit too long for my taste. There just wasn't enough action to keep me interested in this 444 page book. By the 60% mark, I was checking in earnest to see how much longer till Mortal Heart wrapped up.
It wasn't boring, per say, it just got kinda draggy.


Also, I had already figured out the 3 Big Reveals, and I was sort of just waiting on the end of the book for confirmation.
Pssst. I was right about all of them.
And, you know, that's just a bum
Maggie ☘
*4/5 stars*

“We are all of us, gods and mortals, made up of many pieces, some of them broken, some of them scarred, but none of them the total sum of who we are.”

Mortal Heart, the last book from His Fair Assassin trilogy is a great conclusion to the His Fair Assassin trilogy, although in comparison to the other two novels, my least favourite. Wich is not to say I didn't enjoy it, I simply wasn't as in love with it - and the main heorine - as in the first two books.

The story is heavier on rom
Wendy Darling
...forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent.

Oh man, BRAVO on a gorgeous shivery blurb, HMH! *wants*
Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

One of the biggest surprises for me this year was discovery of absolutely amazing His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers. I am not the biggest fan of fantasy novels and even less of historical setting, but I picked these books up by sheer luck. Best decision ever because stories about Ismae and Sybella have everything that I love - great premise, strong female characters, political intrigue and enough of romance to make everything interesting.

I was sca
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
DNF 50%. Morthain saves me from the boredom, please.

Annith is no Sybella, I don't care about the big reveals whatsoever, and the writing is so freaking dull and dry that even the action parts drag on. I guess I will never know what the fuss what about. Oh well.

France : 0 - Brittany : 1

I give up.
Robin (Bridge Four)
One of the things that I have liked so much about the His Fair Assassins series, besides the Assassin Nuns of course is the blending of completely fictionalized characters with actual historical events. The time lines are not exact but the major events and characters are.

Grave Mercy was more of a political intrigue, Dark Triumph an Adventure and now Mortal Heart is more of a Fantasy and love story. This book is far more invested into the lore of the gods Mortain in particular but the other Nine
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Book Three of the His Fair Assassins series
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

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 b
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I love Robin LaFevers's work--such a cool mingling of history and fantasy and romance. I'm sorry the assassin nun trilogy is coming to an end. ...more
May 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
How the hell is there already 30 ratings?!!!!!!! The book hasn't even been written yet, not least published!!

Crazy, I tell you, crazy.

There's already one annoyingly-cheerful psychic in Twilight, we don't need another to foretell what Mortal Heart's going to turn out like. I'm happy in my ignorance and I'm still going to read it, because hell I love this trilogy.

Judge it after you read it.

In the meanwhile, I'm going to be suffering from withdrawal until 2014. I think I'll live...possibly...maybe.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
2015 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After falling in love with GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH, I had high expectations for MORTAL HEART. Turns out I didn’t need to worry, this book exceeded my expectations and made an absolutely great conclusion to the epic His Fair Assassin trilogy.

Despite somewhat of a slow start, MORTAL HEART quickly picks as we get to know Annith a bit more. She was somewhat of a mystery in the previous books and the beginning of this one really focuses on answering some of the questions you might have had about
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars.
When Grave Mercy first came out, it polarized opinions and caused some very heated discussions. Some felt that it focused too hard on the romance and others were disappointed by the number of deaths these killer nuns inflicted. Some, on the other hand, felt that it achieved a perfect balance between court politics, murder and romance. I myself was an immediately fell in love with the characters, all the court intrigue and the beautiful historical setting. Dark Triumph further confirme
Cee (The Mistress Case)
I'm on a roll with assassins!!!

I can’t even start with how much I love Mortal Heart. This is my favorite book in the series. I love it even more than Dark Triumph.

The characters are fabulous.

I’m in love with Annith. I’m in love with Balthazar. I’m in love with Death. I’m in love with Sybella. I think you get the general idea.

The antagonists are believable and even though it is easy to hate them, it’s also hard not to sympathize with them. The plot and twists and turns are awesome. Can’t give an
Jodi Meadows
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read the HIS FAIR ASSASSIN books, just do it now. Drop everything and begin with GRAVE MERCY and do not stop until you've reached the last page of MORTAL HEART.

These are some of the best books I have ever read.
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is truly one of the best, most underrated historical fantasy-romance series EVER. I adore the historical background, the way the author manages to weave history, mythology and fantasy together so seamlessly to create a complete and convincing picture.

I adore the romances in these books, because even though they might become a little cliché at times, they always come with a good, empowering message and that tips the scales in favour of them far more than anything else could.

This was a won
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
To be frank, I don't have much to say about Mortal Heart. It's a satisfactory ending to LaFevers debut trilogy--and wraps up all the loose ends nicely--but as far as being Annith's story, I felt it lacking. Perhaps it's simply because Annith isn't as strong a force to be reckoned with as Sybella. It's not that Annith isn't a formidable assassin--because she is--and her force of will is to be respected as she struggles to find the truth within her beloved abbey. Yet, she doesn't possess Sybella o ...more
4 Stars!!

“We are all of us, gods and mortals, made up of many pieces, some of them broken, some of them scarred, but none of them the total sum of who we are.”

This was my favorite of the series I think.... LaFevers did an amazing job with this last installment.

In this book we follow Annith, like her sisters, she has been trained to be Mortain's assassin. We know from the previous books that the Abbess wants her to be the new Seeress. Annith is not having it though. She has always wan
I dont want this to be the end,but it is and its beautiful. The final book in this marvellous trilogy was far more than i anticipated. The story took such a different and weird turn,and at some point you're just left looking at the void and thinking 'WOW,I did NOT see this coming.'

Annith reminded me so much of Rapunzel,and her ferocity and stubbornness to be what she wanted to be and live how she wanted to live, led her ,in the end, to her happy ending. I just.. LOVE LOVE LOVE her story. Don't
Deborah Obida
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series took the longest to finish, I started reading it in 2017 and finished in 2019, I read a book each year and am glad I splitted it.

This book is my favourite in the series, Annith is also my favourite of all three girls, her story had so much revelations and its a great conclusion to the series.

World building and Writing
Before this series I had no idea the French invaded Brittany. The author did such an amazing job depicting it. There was no confusion whatsoever. The book like its pred
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Personal Thoughts: I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to finally finish the His Fair Assassin’s trilogy. I really enjoyed Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph which I read last year but I hadn’t reached for Mortal Heart until very recently. Maybe I was worried about not having anymore to read once the story concluded but someone pointed out to me that we’re getting two more books set in the same world over the next couple of years so I suppose that’s why I f
Willow Hadley
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great ending to the 'His Fair Assassin' series. Everything was tied up really well, and I am glad to see Ismae, Sybella, and Annith all get a happy ending. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first two books. And it is definitely more of a fairytale than a historical fiction, in my opinion. Still, I loved this series very much and I am glad to have discovered it. ...more
Overall this was a good resolution to this part of the series and I cannot wait to read the new duology featuring Sybella and Beast in France!

So this book was definitely giving off some Hades & Persephone vibes for sure, with a dash of Artemis because Annith is not no DNB - she out here killing doodz, and I was totally here for it.

I really like how different all 3 girls are in each book, in book 1 Ismae sometimes gives off some Mary Sue vibes, but even she really grows into this dynamic woman.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So probably the saddest thing that happened to me this summer was that I finished this book trilogy way too soon and I wasn't ready for it to be over by the time I finished Mortal Heart. I wish there had been more books in this series following more of "Death's Daughter's" but I understand why it was only a trilogy.

That being said, Mortal Heart is my second favorite in the trilogy. It follows Annith now, who just like Ismae and Sybella is going on her own mission to do what she thinks is right.
Laura ☾
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think this was my favourite book of the trilogy! I found Annith's story more compelling somehow! ...more
Tanja (Tanychy)
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

It might be surprising why I waited for so long to finish this trilogy. Well the thing is, Annith was one I had high expectations for. After reading Dark Triumph somehow this series started to get away from me, as I did't connect with it as much as I did with Grave Mercy. But luckily for me, Mortal Heart returned this on the right track.

It'll be heart to write a review solely about this book without spoiling the first two for you, so I won't say much. But a
Anne Osterlund
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Annith is the most adept assassin-in-training at the convent honoring Mortain, the god of the dead. Her skills at archery, riding, and weaponry are unmatched. She is ready. Yet time and again she is passed over for an assignment beyond the convent walls. Then the abbess announces that Annith will never be selected as an instrument of Mortain’s justice. Instead she will be trapped in a tiny room and isolated in the role of Seer.

Or . . . she can accept a dull arranged marriage to a local farmer.

Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
This series is set in the mid 15th century in Britain and revolves around girls brought up in a convent dedicated to assassinating the crown's enemies.

I read the first book and found it a bit dull, a little to clean, but serviceable.

I picked this up seeing a GR friend had enjoyed it and thinking the plot sounded like a bit more fun. It wasn't.

The plot of this book is incoherent and meandering. It takes ages for anything to happen and the "romance" is very weak even compared to the first novel.
Apr 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
This is probably going to be about Annith.
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