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Mortal Heart: The Final Book in the “His Fair Assassin” Series by Robin LaFevers

mortal heartThe series began with Grave Mercy, the story of Ismae who is brought to a convent where the inhabitants are believed to be daughters of St. Mortain – the God of Death.   Ismae is sent on assignment where she kills those who are marked for death – mostly with poisons (her forte) and falls in love in the process.

The second in the series is called Dark Triumph, the story of Sybella who is called to an assignment under the orders of St. Mortain where she learns of her personal family history and eventually reconnects with Ismae.  All the while suspecting that the convent is not everything that it seems to be.

All along we have been hearing about a third daughter who, while the most gifted and obedient of the daughters, has yet to be called on an assignment to serve St. Mortain.  The third book in the series, Mortal Heart, is Annith’s story.

Annith is so disappointed to have worked so hard for her entire life only to be left at the convent helping others with their assassin training.  She is more talented than anyone else and cannot imagine why St. Mortain has not yet called on her to help him.  One day Annith overhears a conversation through the door of the Reverend Mother’s office and after some investigation, suddenly many things come together.  Annith suspects that the Reverend Mother is actually the one making all the decisions (rather than interpreting St. Mortain’s requests) and is purposely keeping Annith at the convent.  It is at this moment that Annith decides she will not stay and waste her life.  She will leave the convent on her own journey toward purpose.  She reconnects with Ismae and Sybella who are currently serving the duchess of Brittany.  Together the three of them seek to find the truth and help save Brittany from invasion.

The world weaved by LaFevers is definitely one you can get lost in.  The characters are marvelously well-developed.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting the third in this trilogy for a year now and it did not disappoint.  A great ending to a great series!  I hope you’ll check it out.


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And the Nominees Are……………………….

Golden-GlobeThe 72nd annual  Golden Globe nominees have  been announced today.  Check this link to see the nominations list.  The awards ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  Birdman lead the way with the most nominations.  HBO has 15 nominations.  Surprisingly, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie was overlooked; as was Modern Family.  Do you think a movie or show was overlooked?  Tell us your opinion!

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Ron’s Review: The Expendables 3

TheExpendables3Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his gang, including his sidekick Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), are on a final mission for Drummer (Harrison Ford), after which they’ll all be free from their previous entanglement for doing as Drummer bids. The mission is an abysmal disaster. The arms dealer they were sent to capture, Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), escapes amid much mayhem and gunfire. Barney decides his team members of booze-swilling, grunting, bayonet sharpening, gun-toting, macho men are long in the tooth, and fires them all. But to make it right with Drummer, he vows to capture Stonebanks.

He recruits a group of younger people who feel they have nothing to lose. Among them is a tough Las Vegas bouncer named Luna (Ronda Rousey). She doesn’t need to grunt, she can easily knock out belligerent tough guys without batting an eye or skinning a knuckle.  Soon Stonebanks has Barney’s new team trussed up like so many sides of beef. As Barney is about to depart to singlehandedly rescue his new team, a previously rejected, potential recruit, Galgo (Antonio Banderas), talks his way into joining. Marvelously and unbidden, his old team shows up, and insists on helping. At Stonebanks’ military compound a protracted battle ensues, and at times it’s unclear which side’s winning, but the outcome is clear as the ‘expendables’ are cheered on and assisted by the old, old team including Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger). All have successfully dodged bullets, explosions and collapsing buildings. Their number is now bigger than ever. 3 Stars (Reviewed by Ron)

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