Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, Book Four
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Romance, Dystopia
Read: 11th June 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 doesn’t expect her own story to end in romance – she has no interest 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 …
First, let me start by saying, I did enjoy this book. I could understand why Eadlyn was doing what she does and why she was so frustrated with everything around her and how she couldn’t see what she was doing wrong. Throughout this story, she is learning and growing as a person and her character development is wonderfully written.
Set twenty years after Maxon and America’s Selection story, this time round we follow the first female to lead Illéa since it was brought into being, Princess Eadlyn. Born seven minutes before her twin brother Ahren, she has been set to become queen since she was first born. Worried more for her country and its survival, the last thing on Eadlyn’s mind is marriage – in fact, she’d push it off completely if the monarchy didn’t need an heir. Used as a distraction to calm the growing distress in Illéa, America and Maxon implore Eadlyn to have a Selection. With conditions, Eadlyn agrees and 35 suitors are picked from all over the country. While promising her father three months, Eadlyn has no desire to marry any of these men and set about plans to make them want to leave the palace.
Eadlyn has been trained on how to deal with the media and other royalty and knows how to be diplomatic. She knows how to be a leader and how to be a queen.
But she doesn’t know how to deal with boys that aren’t one of her brothers.
So when the Selected come, she’s decided to be cool and aloof – only it goes a bit to far. She comes across as cold and dismissive, when she’s trying to protect herself and run her country. The media are brutal and every move she makes is scrutinised, from the first kiss down to how she eliminates the Selected.
But we mustn’t forget that Eadlyn Schreave has grown up as a princess training to become queen. Almost everything has been handed to her and she’s used to getting her way. She has the nicest dresses and considers her tiaras to be her most prized possessions. She is spoilt and does not know how to be humble, like her mother. Growing up in a very different world, she is a very different person.
But still, she finds herself drawn to some of the Selected. We get to know Hale, Ean, Henri (and Henri’s translator, Erik), Kile and Fox but we find ourselves lacking in details about the other Selected. Hopefully we can find out more in the next book! Their company is kind and interesting and help Eadlyn to open up to the world around her.
But it is her twin Ahren’s actions and America’s reaction that make Eadlyn see that she needs to change. In order for her country to survive, Eadlyn must become a better person – a kind, more cheerful, more open and humble person than what she is.
If you enjoyed The Selection series and America and Maxon’s story, as well as some of the characters that were around them, you’ll enjoy The Heir. If you like princesses, you’ll like Eadlyn’s story. Eadlyn develops as a person, learning how to become a better queen by being around these common boys. I would recommend you read this book as long as you don’t mind that Eadlyn is not like America. These two ladies are very different and have grown up with very different expectations.
I have given this book 4/5🌟