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My rating: 5 stars
"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..."
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 scared to read Mortal Heart. Previous two books had few similar things when it comes to the story, but still each was original and thrilling to read. My biggest fear about Mortal Heart was just that - will it manage to be fresh, new story or it will turn into repetitive pattern. Once again, I was left speechless. Holy Mortain, what a twist! I did not see that coming. Well, I did guessed in the very end, but even then I wan't completely sure.
Medieval biker gang and damsel in distress (who doesn't need a prince to save her). I was swooning and laughing so hard because I couldn't stop comparing Balthazaar and his... gang? crew?... how ever you want to call them, with all my favorite fictional biker boys. They are savages, cruel and intimidating, riding big, scary horses and going all "alpha males" in front of Annith. I loved every second of it.
Nicely wrapped up. I was wondering how will some of the aspects of the trilogy be explained or end (again one of the things that scared me), but I shouldn't have any doubts. I have to keep my mouth shut - spoilers, you know - but I can't wait to see what you will think about the way this book ended.