If you have been reading this series from the beginning, I am sure you know what to expect from Keira Cass–a book that is believable, and yet a little out there. You won’t want to miss this book in the series–not because it is the last one, (It is not the last one. There is another book due out.), but because several things happen that you won’t want to miss. I won’t give anything away, but there are some critical moments in The Heir that are unpredictable and adventurous. The fifth and final book might take a while to be released so savor this book while you have it!
The main character in The Heir is a girl named Eadlyn. She has many of the same concerns that youth face today: popularity, friendships, first love. However, she has one issue that very few American teens will ever face: ruling her own nation and finding a husband that is her perfect match. This seems like such an improbability that she becomes stressed-out and starts acting less like an heir and more like a whiny toddler (but who wouldn’t in her shoes?).
This book takes place twenty years after the first book, which I thought was a large jump time wise, but it works. The fact that life has pretty much stayed the same for the people of Illea surprised me though. (In a twenty year time period, I would have expected aliens to have arrived or something.) I like how this series is really focused on girls and women, and the roles they play, but how it doesn’t demean males at all. Though it is told from a female’s perspective, guys might find themselves pleasantly surprised at how good these books are. They have a little of everything: war, violence, love, and family. These books would make the perfect gift set for a girl who is looking for something to read after The Hunger Games. It’s kind of like The Bachelorette for teens, and it is every bit as entertaining as the previous three books!
Profanity/Language: 1 mild obscenity; 1 anatomical term.
Violence/Gore: Riots are mentioned to occur; buildings are mentioned to be burnt, no casualties; death is mentioned to occur; a miscarriage is referred to with no detail; verbal threats are made; a boy imagines what might happen to his family if a tragedy struck; death is talked about; death threats are made; two minor boys fight, punches are thrown; a girl throws a glass at a wall in anger; a character has a heart attack, but survives.
Sex/Nudity: A minor-aged couple is mentioned to be together kissing, and start undressing each other; a character is referred to as “sexy”; minors kiss multiple times throughout the story; minors hug and are affectionate; making out is referred to; a man tries to take advantage of a minor girl, this is just a mention; a character inquires whether a minor girl was being taken advantage of; a boy is mentioned to ogle a girl’s breast; breasts are mentioned to be noticeable on a minor girl; sex is mentioned to be an awkward subject to talk about; minors are mentioned to have maybe spent the night together.
Mature Subject Matter:
Personal crises, war, illness.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink wine; minors drink wine.