MORTAL HEART Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}

MORTAL HEART Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}

MORTAL HEART Blog Tour {Guest Post + Giveaway}
by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #3
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 4, 2014
Genres: Epic Fantasy


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…

I have always hated saying goodbye to a series, especially one I have loved as much as I love the His Fair Assassin series. So I was so excited to be able to ask the author, Robin LaFevers, what it was like to say goodbye to her series, characters and world for my stop on the MORTAL HEART Blog Tour.

I’m still not certain I’m ready to say goodbye next week when MORTAL HEART releases and my Kindle copy downloads. But after reading this post from the author, I might be okay with saying au revoir.

Guest Post

Saying Goodbye to the His Fair Assassin series, its characters and the world

by Robin LaFevers

I pretty much suck at farewells. I either turn away far too abruptly and too soon, afraid you will see my tears, or I melt into a puddle and openly sob. I will try to spare you both of those options as I bid farewell to my His Fair Assassin trilogy.

I won’t lie. It will be hard, as I have lived with Ismae, Sybella, and Annith for over eight years now. They’ve shared my head space, chatted with me, prodded me, and sometimes harangued me (that was mostly Sybella, as you may have guessed). It will be so quiet in there now.

I’ve fought with these girls and bled with them, experienced their joys and triumphs, felt the soaring of their hopes and the dashing of their dreams.

I traveled the dark corridors of Sybella’s past with her, in an attempt to lead her to safety. I  stumbled along with Ismae as she took her first few disbelieving steps when she learned she might have value and worth. I’ve struggled with Annith as she tried to discern truth from lies and what path might lay open to her.

I’ve fallen in love and experienced a hate stronger than I have ever known (d’Albret!) I’ve tried to hold a crumbling kingdom together, in spite of all the forces conspiring against it. I’ve had to say good bye to characters I loved as they journeyed into death. I’ve experienced grace and mercy, forgiveness and redemption. All because one day, eight years ago, I picked up a pen and new notebook and began to noodle around with an idea—a great big, scary, exciting idea.

In some ways, I cannot imagine how I will ever be able to leave these characters. And yet, as much as I will miss them, my work here is done. They are all in a better place now than when I first met them.

Au_RevoirEven so, it’s hard to say good bye. And remember, I did warn you that I sucked at farewells. One of the French words for good bye is au revoir, which I especially like because it is essentially, “until the re-seeing.” Because while I might have to say good bye to these characters, I’m not sure I’m ready to say good bye to this world yet. There are too many intriguing aspects that still wait to be explored. Too many possibilities still lurk within the mythology, and too many girls who have found their way to the convent, each with a compelling story to tell.

So maybe instead of thinking of this as a true farewell, it would be more accurate if I say, au revoir, Convent of Saint Mortain! Until we meet again!

About Robin LaFevers

Robin-Pushing-Tree-281x300Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.

Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.

While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.

In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at



There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • (1) Rustic arrow necklace, leather bound notebook and hardcover copy of MORTAL HEART – US ONLY

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The Tour

Week One

Oct. 27th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Oct. 28th – Katie’s Book Blog – Review

Oct. 29th – Once Upon a Twilight – Interview

Oct. 30th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Review

Oct. 31st – Reading YA Rocks – Guest Post

Week Two

Nov. 3rd – Mundie Moms – Review

Nov. 4th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

Nov. 5th – The Starry-Eyed Revue – Review

Nov. 6th – Step Into Fiction – Interview

Nov. 7th – Parajunkee – Guest Post




Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.