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Description: 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. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Red Queen, and The Cruel Prince. Waterstones Mortal Heart - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Georgiana89

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Review: I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy for their unique premise (assassin nuns), unusual setting (fifteenth century Brittany) and careful balance between detailed historical fact and imaginative fantasy. As a result, I purchased this as soon as it came out, and enjoyed it even more than its predecessors. Each of the first two books feature a different main character, and this was no exception. While Ismae and Sybella make appearances in Mortal Heart, the focus shifts to Annith. Brought up in the Convent of St Mortain since birth and widely regarded as its best assassin, the mystery of why she was never sent out on missions was a running background theme in the earlier installments. In this concluding volume, the answer is revealed - along with a whole host of other revelations. Despite her skills, Annith felt like the most normal and relatable of the three protagonists. She was easy to empathise with and to like, though she didn't quite catch my imagination quite as much as the other two. On the other hand, this book's love interest, Balthazar, was much stronger than those in earlier books, and the chemistry between him and the heroine was exceptional - one of the best romances and best romantic heroes I've come across in a while. The politics of France vs Brittany took a relative back seat here in favour of Annith's personal story, convent politics and more of the folklore of the Nine, but there were still plenty of Kings and Ambassadors and Emperors to keep my attention, and the backstory and mythos really came into its own here. There were several twists, some of which I suspected, some of which caught my by surprise, but all of which worked well. If there was one thing I didn't like it was that some of the legends had never been mentioned in earlier books, which made the role they played in this one feel a little too convenient. Overall though, I'd highly recommend this if you've enjoyed the rest of the series. The three books have quite different feels, and I suspect everyone will have their own favorite, but this was definitely mine.

 

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Review: Part of what helped the books' predecessors to succeed was the balance of history and fantasy, that provided much fuel for plot movement. This is the most supernatural of the series, and unfortunately the plot has been compromised. Pretty much the only thing propelling the first half of the novel is Annith's desire to break out of the convent and get some answers. So we get a lot of vignettes and little scenes of her on the road that help to pass the time, but they don't amount to much in the end. It's only when Annith finally reunites with more familiar characters that she intersects with the main world of the series, and only to tie up loose ends at a point when most of the action has been completed already by Ismae and Sybella. Even then, the ends in question are tied up in an increasingly ridiculous manner. At one point, a certain deity in the flesh stands around in a war-room with a bunch of advisors, pokes at a map and says, "That is a lot of occupied ground to cover with no escort." Yeah, sorry, nope. An ancient and inscrutable god, the stuff of myths and legends and theology, and that's what he has to offer? Really? LEAVE MY GODS SOME DIGNITY. Where the plot falters and the supernatural fizzles, the romance fails to compensate. The male lead is appropriately swoon-y but in an overdone sort of way, and the relationship between them is not as convincingly and deeply built as we've seen before. I still read the novel from page to page as it falls into a genre I enjoy; and it did tie up the trilogy quite neatly, in a way that suggests the author started on this series with an end-game in sight, but that's the only reason why this gets 2 stars. Disappointing; she could have done much better.

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Description: Mortal Heart : Paperback : Andersen Press Ltd : 9781783448258 : : 03 Jan 2019 : 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. The Book Depository Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

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