The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

“There are some things you don’t learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart.”

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.

Personal Thoughts:

Here’s the thing with series novels that are supposed to end already but managed to extend their stories for some reasons – they create new problems for characters that we thought have reached their closure or happily ever after.

We all thought that The Selection series ended in the third book The One. America Singer and Maxon Schreave find their happily ever after in that book. So what’s next after happily ever after? That’s the question I have before starting to read The Heir. What will Kiera do to her characters one more time?

Techinically, The Heir isn’t about Maxon and America anymore. Instead we have their first born daugther Eadlyn as the main character while Maxon and America’s are in the background. But as parents of our protagonist and as King and Queen of Ilea both Maxon and America have important role to play in this new story of The Selection series, they contribute a lot to the story giving the familiar vibe that followers will surely enjoy.

In The One, Maxon and America demolished the castes system. No more ranks and segragation or labeling. Everyone is equal or at least they are supposed to be. But apparently even without the castes system people are still not at peace. As King and Queen, Maxon and America need to solved this problem and unfortunately their tactics aren’t working and they need more time, so their next plan? Held a Selection for the future Queen, their first born child Eadlyn as a diversion. Brilliant? I don’t think so!

Eadlyn has a sharp personality. Something her people see as being bratty and spoiled. She is head-strong and stubborn – qualities that a King can carry but not much of a Princess. As a girl she is expected to be selfless, classy, kind and sweet. But being raised to be the future queen she doensn’t see being soft will fit the bill of a leader.

As a narrator, Eadlyn is not easy to like. Her strong personality push readers to other direction. Her decisions and actions are not always the best but it is actually not out of character. With her rich and only girl background she is really a priveledge girl. At some point I want to justify her actions being young and priveledge that she is. Because lets face it, it easy to be bratty when you have the world on your feet. But since her twin brother Ahren is so much mature than her and that they both have the same background and life, it makes less of Eadlyn.

Ahren is one of the few person who understood Eadlyn best. He can easily get through her because Eadlyn value his opinion. Their relationship as brother and sister is endearing to read. Sometimes it feels like Ahren is an older brother who watch Eadlyn every step of the way, but in fact Eadlyn is the older one. Ahren really cares for Eadlyn even after what he did in the end. The dynamic between these two as well as the other members of the royal family is really sweet and fun.

“There are some things you don’t learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart.”

The story focus so much to Eadlyn’s Selection which basically just knowing each participants, leaving not so much room for thrill and actions. If not for the dystopian world as a backdrop and the political issue outside the palace The Heir is pretty much just an episode or two of a reality series Bachelorette.

After finished reading I feel like nothing much happens that I didn’t know yet from the blurb or the first fifty pages or so. I know this is just the first part of Eadlyn’s story and that there will be another one coming out but still I expected something more.

If you like the first three books of The Selection series, you might enjoy reading reading The Heir. It’s a quick and entertaining read for the most part. But if like me, you prefer to see more of the dystopian world than the selection process, you will be disappointed in this fourth installment of the Selection series.

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