Review: Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3), by Robin LaFevers • Published by HMH Books for Young Readers • ★★★★★ • Goodreads • TBDMortal Heart is another stunning novel I've read this year that concludes a most wonderful trilogy. (The other being The Grisha trilogy.) I had first picked up Grave Mercy, the first of His Fair Assassin, with apprehension (big books scare me!) but have grown to love the series as it continues.
LaFevers kept outdoing herself with each subsequent book in the series. I enjoyed Grave Mercy, loved Dark Triumph, and now Mortal Heart makes me want to both lob it against a wall and drink this book into me. (And I was complaining about elusive five-star books a while ago, but in this case, I will gladly eat my words.)
Asti from Oh The Books wrote her review a while back and I got really excited to read it, because of what she told me about Mortal Heart having more Mortain appearances in it. OH BOY, I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL. In fact, I was in between surprised and shocked. I'll call it a pleasant shock. Surprise seems too mild of a word for how I felt. I have loved Mortain, patron god of Death, from the first book and dear lord, my love is not in vain. Thank you LaFevers, may the muses bless you always.
Annith is a character that gets easier to love as the story progresses, much like Ismae and Sybella. I'm not particularly excited to find out about her identity, but it was not a big deal when it comes to the big picture. It was just a blow to Annith herself. I do love reading about the gods' stories though, including the different version of Arduinna and Mortain's past. It's less messy than Greek gods, though of course, since Mortain actually appears to clarify the real events, we get the truest version possible!
Of course, anyone who knows me know that I love Hades, especially a loving one. Mortain is as close to Hades as I can have in this trilogy, but there is something different. I am afraid of most of Hades's minions, but Mortain has hellequins and I am not afraid of those. I'm more intrigued and slightly allured by them, though it may be me and my love for bittersweet things.
I'm kept on my toes throughout the book because clearly, there's something going on that Annith was always so close to! Yet, something always distracts her, or that she finds out one truth but then there's more! But in the end, the story comes around in a circle as Annith returns to her roots, but as a better, wiser woman.
It's a beautiful, a little bittersweet, ending to a really brilliant series!