At the Mortain abbey, Annith is the one who was always left behind. She has wanted her own assignment, to be like her friends Ismae and Sybella, going off into the world. But the Abbess has always seen Annith as Quiet and Dutiful, and so always passed her over for missions. So when Annith discovers what the Abbess has in store for her — to shut her away from life and become the next Seeress — Annith takes her destiny into her own hands and leaves the abbey in the middle of the night.
As she heads toward the center of the action she is overtaken by hellequins — servants of Mortain as well. Their leader, Bathazar, takes it upon himself to protect her from the less savory of the group. Annith rides with the helliquins or a while, and (of course) Annith and Balthazar fall in love. But Annith is determined to be Independent and Have an Adventure, so she takes off again, looking for — and finding — her own destiny.
Like the other two in the His Fair Assassins series, there are twists and turns and lots of romance, and over it all is some very interesting (if only vaguely) historical setting. At some point along the way, however, instead of falling headlong into love with the kick-butt nuns of death again, I found myself rolling my eyes. And it stopped being surprising and started being formulaic.
Even if it’s not the strongest in the series, it did tie things up quite nicely and give me a nice wrap-up to the series.
Rated: Moderate for violence, some off-screen sex, and mature themes.