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Death’s Handmaidens

1 Dec

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This weekend, I read the third and final book in Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin series.  It was a little slow at first, but once the action picked up, it did not fail to please.  And surprise. This was, perhaps, the most anticipated sequel for me this year and I feel rather satisfied with the ending, though I’m sad that the series is over.

I was completely immersed in the world of 15th century Brittany and even fantasized about being able to join a convent of assassin nuns.

Annith’s story in Mortal Heart  is different from the two previous books because she was convent raised. Throughout the previous two books, Annith plays a part, but here, we finally get to hear her story. When she finds out she is being groomed to be the next Seeress of the convent, she is spurred to action to discover her past and take control of her future. This is a more reflective book, with Annith frankly sharing her devotion to Mortain. She is not afraid to talk of her religious devotion. Though she does not possess the same gifts as Ismae and Sybella, her devotion is its own sort of gift and the source of her strength.

Historical fiction, which a little fantasy thrown in, this has been a wonderful series. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of these books yet, I highly recommend them.

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