ARC Review: Mortal Heart by R.L. LaFevers

October 29, 2014 Review 24 ★★★★★

ARC Review: Mortal Heart by R.L. LaFevers
Mortal Heart by R.L. LaFevers
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Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Pages: 464
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Series: His Fair Assassin #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Young Adult
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…

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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 her, and we realize why she is the way she is. It wasn’t the most exciting or suspenseful bit, but it allows the reader to connect to Annith and really grow to care about her.

There are plenty of familiar faces but a whole heap of fresh ones as well, which is a nice surprise considering this is the final installment. I loved seeing returning characters and what they’ve been up to since we left them in the previous books. Speaking of new characters though…

The romance. So heartbreaking, so sweet, so dangerous, so awesome. If you fell in love with Duval and Beast, you just wait. Just when I thought there couldn’t be yet another amazing love interest in this series…

And guys, the twists. There was one I saw coming, but the other… The other…


 I loved the way it was revealed too. Chills. Serious chills. So good.

We learn so much more about everything in this book, discovering the truth just as Annith does. All of these revelations make me want to immediately go back and reread all the books, especially MORTAL HEART, with this new knowledge. Everything really comes together in the end, and there couldn’t be a more satisfying conclusion to this series.

LaFevers’ writing continues to impress, it is gorgeous. It’s not the type of writing that goes on and on to fill pages with endless prose, but is meaningful and really adds to the story as a whole. I want to include ALL THE QUOTES but they are pretty spoilery so I suggest getting to this series ASAP so we can gush about them. I’m sold on LaFevers’ storytelling, and I can’t wait to get my hands on whatever she writes next.


This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
None of these gifs are mine.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.8

24 Responses to “ARC Review: Mortal Heart by R.L. LaFevers”

  1. Tanja

    Gaaah girl you’re killing me :) I cannot wait to read this one especially as I think that I’ll connect with Annith easy. Somehow throughout the previous two books she seemed the most interesting to me. Great review :)
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    • Alise

      Good >:D
      She is quite the interesting character, I was also intrigued by her in the previous books. Hope you like it!

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I just finished this, so I am so excited to read a review. There were so many things I loved about this book. I loved the way it was its own book but also a conclusion of sorts of the other two books. The subplot with Isabeau was so moving and I loved seeing all the characters brought together, which was what I was hoping.

    But the romance … I just don’t know. I can’t say what my issues with it were without spoilers, but maybe you can guess. I have to confess that I couldn’t get behind it 100%. Maybe only about 60%.

    Still, that didn’t ruin the book for me. It was so beautifully crafted and written that I am in awe. Love this author :) :)
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    • Alise

      Ooh, yay! Thanks for reading mine :D I also liked how it was strong enough to stand on its own but adds to the series as a whole. I know, I really appreciated that part too, especially how it related to the unveiling of the twist.

      Yeah I know what you mean, it is a bit…odd, considering the circumstances. It was definitely a little out of the box but I think it really grew on me because I thought he was perfect for Annith.

      So glad to know that! Same! :)

  3. Mishma @ As the page turns

    Truth to be told, I was not planning to read this book.I didn’t like Annie as much as I loved Ismae and Sybella, so I wasn’t much interested in reading the story.
    But your review is tempting me.I loved the first two books, and I don’t want to miss the conclusion, especially after reading your review.I think maybe I should go for this book after all.
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    • Alise

      Aw, no, I hope you end up reading it! I think it’s definitely a strong installment, different from the other two books but I loved it. YES! You really should! :D

    • Alise

      It’s amazing, well worth the wait! YES! I absolutely can not wait to read your opinions on the romance and the twists, let me know what you think :)

  4. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    I’ve heard so many fabulous things about this series, so I’m glad to hear it doesn’t disappoint! :D It’s always great when a series ends with a bang. ;) I’m definitely going to have to get a copy of this – between the wonderful character development and mind-blowing twists, I’m DEFINITELY in! ;) Thanks for sharing Alise and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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    • Alise

      It’s so great, I definitely recommend it! Oh I know, this one totally did. The ending paragraph made me tear up so much. SO glad to hear that :D Let me know when you read it! Thank you :)

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