The Heir / Kiera Cass / 2015 / HarperCollins / ISBN 9780007580224 / 342 pages / Young Adult
Princess Eadlyn had grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon – and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her own story to end in romance – she has no intention in repeating the fairy tale. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own – and Eadlyn cannot escape her very own Selection, and one particular entry who may just capture her heart…
This is book four of The Selection Series which you can find book reviews for the first three, here, here and here. This book picks up twenty years after the third one finishes, with American and Maxon all grown up with a family of their own. Now with their beloved country struggling to come to terms with the new rules, their daughter Eadlyn must go through her own Selection for the sake of making her parents and country happy.
Like I have said for the other three books, I have been really excited for these books, as they have taken a hold of me and pulled me well into The Selection world. This book is no different, but something about it is completely different. I don’t know how I feel about this book. For some reason it is so different from The One that it doesn’t even feel like a part of the series, even though it is supposed to be number four in the series.
In a matter of days, I finished this book and sat there waiting for the kicker. If you have read this book or even one of the first three, then you already know that these books take a while to get to the point, to get to the exciting high point of the story. I thought this book would end differently, that the daughter would have chosen someone, or even gotten down to the top three at least, but she doesn’t, instead her mother gets sick and it just ends.
Eadlyn doesn’t seem like a nice girl, she doesn’t even seem like the product of her great parents making. She is spoilt (of course) but so stubborn and highly strung, a friend can’t even hug her without her permission.
The story was great, the building of the world and characters that we knew and loved and adding more likeable characters was great, I just wish Eadlyn had a warm heart like her mother in the end.
Now onto the last book of the series – The Crown.
I give this book 4.2 out of 5 booky stars!