So. Last book in His Fair Assassin's series.
I'll start by saying it's a story I like a lot - not love, for I find the politics and assassination handled generally too nicely and easily. But still, it's a good, relaxing read all the same. I especially appreciated Dark Triumph, with its more adult, grave tone. Now, what off Mortal Heart?
Well, as far as the two first part out of three, I found it extremely pleasant - Annith is a very enjoyable character. More ruthless than Ismae and far less broken than Sybella. She is brave, and there's a true vein of steel in her under her gentleness. Metting and following her was nice.
However, I must say that, at least at his first appearence, her love interest charisma's crushes hers effortlessly. Balthazaar, and his men, are very, very entralling - the time Annith spent at their side, was, in my opinion, the strongest part of the book, truly. A pity it didn't last longer, because, sadly, it's where the story fell for me.
More precisely, at the moment when Annith steps into the Palace and the Duchess' service. I'm sorry I have to say it, but Robin LaFevers' political intrigues always stayed basic at best, and this book is no exception to the rule - it's not bad, per se (even through the solution found to end the war left me gobsmacked, and not in a good way), but let's say that I don't read His Fair Assassin for its political games.
Mainly, the best point in this series has always been the characters: Ismae, Duval, Sybella, Beast...And now Annith and Balthazaar. Except...except a revelation about him comes and breaks everything apart - I won't spoil it, but suffices to say that an idea of this kind would have needed a far longer developpment to become believable and interesting. Frankly, Balthazaar was far more enthralling when we first met him - LaFevers should have left it to that, especially since there was so much to say about the hellequins.
To conclude, I'll say that, while this tome is pleasant enough, the last part drop down rather badly - maybe others will enjoy it, but I was just left with a sad sense of mess and breaking of a good story. Pity.