Part of my ethics in blogging is to review every product that is sent to me whether it fits the ethos of Eco Child’s Play or not. I feel obligated as if answering and receiving an item is some sort of contract. I often put off the reviews that are not green or eco-friendly, but then my piles and to do list builds. Well here goes…
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers is the last in a trilogy called His Fair Assassin. I have not read the first three books, so I couldn’t bring myself to read this one. My teenage daughter found it appealing, but again, without the first two, we feel a little lost just jumping in.
In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, 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.
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