Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 book 175

Robin LaFevers' Mortal Heart
The final book in LaFevers' His Fair Assassin trilogy (after Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph) centers on the third girl assassin mentioned in the first two books--the girl who was left behind at the convent while her friends were sent on dangerous missions. She wants a mission of her own, and when she learns she's intended to be the new seeress, and be isolated for the rest of her life, she decides to take fate into her own hands and goes on the run. Of course, her path eventually leads to her friends, making this a solid conclusion to their stories as well. And lots of insane secrets are revealed along the way. I once again had issues with the way the romance was written here--SO much telling instead of showing, at least at first--but at least her love interest is . . . well, interesting. And I'm really not sure how to feel about the author romanticizing a kind of sad political match (always a danger when writing about actual historical events, I guess, even if magic is involved). I mean, this was fine. The end is kind of bonkers in a good way? And I really like all the world-building involving the gods. There is a lot here that I want to talk about with someone! I dunno, B/B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in November.

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