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…
It took me a while to get into this. I loved the first book Grave Mercy, the second one, Dark Triumph, was enjoyable enough but ultimately just so-so; so my expectations for this last book were not that high.
Not until about half way through did I really start to like this. I wasn’t thrilled by the impression of insta-love at the beginning, and thought that Annith’s ‘mission’ to escape was more plot driven than character driven. However, once a few things are unearthed that I did not see coming I got on board. I understood more why Annith instantly felt an attraction to her beau, and came to better understand her need to serve outside of the convent.
While Annith’s story grew on me, I loved seeing my favorite, Ismae, and how she and Duval were doing. The reunion of the three girls was fun and I enjoyed seeing how much they had all changed since the first book. It was also nice to see everything with the Duchess finally play out. I was a bit confused as to the timeline in the beginning of this installment, but I eventually got back into the swing of things and it was fun to see how the stories overlapped. I especially liked the little nuances like Sybella’s brother joining the Hunt for redemption.
Overall it was a satisfying ending to the series. The first book will always be my favorite, and I will probably reread it without picking the other two back up, but the closure provided in this last book was well worth reading all three.