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...
This series has been a pretty interesting one. It is partly historical fiction and fantasy. I think this one is my favorite out of all three. At first this series seemed too much like Poison Study, but in this book, I didn't feel that way.
Annith is a girl that has been taken advantage of her whole life. She is innocent, kind, and sweet. She is always there for those young assassin girls and her friends. Annith has incredible strength considering what she had to grow up with. I loved how she finally decided to make her own decisions and see the world for herself. Granted, she made mistakes, but she was finally experiencing life for herself!
I really liked Balthazar too. He was pretty awesome. I liked his mysteriousness. He was perfect for Annith too, exactly what she needed. I liked how strong he was, how honest, and open he was (granted, it took him a while to open up, but once he did, he never held anything back. He was completely honest and I love when characters do that).
As for the girls and guys from the previous books, I loved seeing them with their guys and how they have progressed. Ismae and Duval were so cute together. Granted, we didn't see them much, but the few glimpses made me happy to know that they were still going strong. Sybella and Beast were also amazing too.
Having all these characters work together to come up with a solution for their country was quite fun. The Duchess despite her young age remained strong also. It was amazing to see how well she did.
I liked this series. Although, it wasn't my favorite. I would recommend this to those who love a good adventure filled with intrigue and a bit of fantasy.
I give this a 3.5 out of 5!