The Heir by Keira Cass

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 5th 2015


“I’m smart and beautiful and strong. I don’t need to be rescued.”

Princess Eadlyn is preparing to take her father’s place as ruler of Illea, but when uprisings start to make the news King Maxon thinks a distraction might be in order. Eadlyn never dreamed she’d have to have a selection of her own, in fact, she’s never really dreamed of romance at all. As heir to the throne, she will have to get married someday and, though she protests, as the competition wears on some of the boys start looking like they have real potential.

In the previous three books in the series the winner was obvious. As the main character America was destined to win Maxon’s heart. Now that our protagonist is doing the choosing it’s refreshing that she has several favourites and that there isn’t a clear winner in sight just yet. This alone is enough to keep me reading but I have admitted before that The Selection series is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.

Eadlyn is off-putting. It seems like she will eventually develop as a character to be a good person but presently she’s unlikeable. She’s a “strong” female character who rejects love and keeps her distance from everyone. She’s also a bit of a brat. It would have been nicer if a princess like Camille was the center of attention and the drama came from the selection itself rather than the princess making dumb decisions and struggling with her personality.

The Selection spawned a wildly successful trilogy so it makes sense for Cass to continue with it, but I will admit that The Heir feels a bit desperate. The story has an end, but suddenly there are more books focusing on the less than likeable Eadlyn and more forced conflict in the country. The Heir wouldn’t feel so bad if it focused entirely on the selection and took a lighter tone from the previous books but now it feels like drama just for the sake of drama. I don’t believe the country’s reason for protesting anymore. I also don’t really believe that Maxon would have forced his daughter into a selection after all the fuss from the previous three books.

The pace is slower than the previous three books and Eadlyn’s point of view does leave something to be desired. As well we get a very limited view of the selected, even the boys she allows to stay on by the end of the book.

Despite this it’s fun. Keira Cass may not have written a fantastic book, but she is telling a fantastic story. I don’t like Eadlyn but I want to know who she chooses. I will read the next book.

This isn’t a book I would recommend, and one that I know a lot of people won’t enjoy, but we all have guilty pleasures and this series is one of mine. If you’re a fan of The Bachlorette or shows like 90 Day Fiancé then this series might be a fun read for you.


For Fans of: Fairest by Marissa Meyer


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