Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass

I did not read the description of The Heir before picking it up from the library. I love this series and was so excited by the announcement of a 4th book. I assumed it would be about America and Maxon having a baby. I was a bit disturbed by this idea because they were so young at the end of book 3. I was hoping that some time had passed at least. I was happily surprised to find that the book takes place 20 years into the future, with another Selection competition for their daughter, Eadlyn.

Princess Eadlyn is my kind of girl. She is fiercely independent, and she abhors the idea of a Selection. She doesn’t want to get married…maybe ever. She’s been training all her life to rule the country of Ilea, and she doesn’t want a man to get in the way of that. It’s fun to read about her plans to drive the 35 men away from the palace. After reading three books about the young women in the Selection, it was interesting to see it from the other side.

Kiera Cass has kept America and Maxon true to their characters, and she has created three brothers (including a twin!) for Eadlyn who round out the story nicely. Many of the characters from the first three books are included as well: Lucy, Aspen, Marlee, May, and Gavril.

As in the first book, there is only a small amount included about the world outside the palace. I wish Cass would give us more of a view into the world she has imagined.

I won’t spoil the fun by describing any of the young men of this Selection, but there are many of moments to love and some to inspire outrage. And unlike the first three books, because the central character is the one doing the selecting, you don’t know who she’ll pick.

I enjoyed this book as much, if not more, than those of the original Selection. It is a good read, even for those who have not read the earlier books.

My only compliant is that, as I feared, this is only book 1 in what I assume will be another trilogy. You’ve done it again, Ms. Cass! I will be counting down to the next book release.

Rating: 4 Stars

This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.

The Heir
The Selection #4
Kiera Cass
Young Adult Fiction
May 5, 2015

Princess Eadlyn has 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 has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

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