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.
Just a quick warning… There will be spoilers from the first three books so if you haven’t read them then look away.
This story is set 20 years after the Selection books, Maxon and America are married and have four children together. But all is not as well as they thought….
Beating her twin brother, Ahren, by a few minutes, Eadlyn Schreave will be the heir to the throne once her father gives up. She’s been trained for this her whole life and as her mantra says; No one is more powerful than her.
But the family soon start to hear about an unrest within the people and the only way to give them something to look forward to so they can try to bring peace, is to hold another Selection… And Eadlyn is having none of it.
Eadlyn tells her father that she will give him three months to bring peace and to not expect an engagement at the end of it because she doesn’t want to marry.
35 boys arrive in the Palace and Eadlyn is less than impressed, because out of all them, none of them is worthy to stand next to her when she finally becomes Queen.
Then of course there’s Kile, the son of America’s best friend Marlee, the boy whose grown up in the Palace with her, the boy she can’t stand, but who is suddenly apart of the Selection process and the boy she suddenly can’t stop kissing either…
But there’s more than a bunch of 35 boys in the Palace, there’s also the unrest that’s stirring on the outside, her parents sudden health problems and her twin brother Ahren whose all set to marry the girl he loves…
Short and sweet summary because I always feel that I give too much away in my summaries so I’m trying a new tactic… keep it short and sweet.
I loved the first three books by Keira Cass. I fell in love with Maxon and America and all the things that made them who they were. They were easily likable and lovable and so was all the supporting characters so when I found out this book was going to be about their children, in particular the next heir, I was hoping for someone who was a cross between Maxon and America.
And then came Eadlyn and I gotta say, It was hard to love her. She seemed selfish and self centred . She wasn’t like her parents at all. The whole being the next Queen thing has gone to her head and she seems to think she’s the best thing ever.
I didn’t expect that from a daughter of Maxon and America! I was like WHAT?!
But I suppose not everyone is like their parents.
Ahren, Kaden and Osten are a little bit more like their parents. Ahren is kind and easily lovable, Kaden is the same and while Osten likes his practical jokes and pranks he’s pretty lovable too. They are what you expect from children of America and Maxon!
Apart from that, The Heir is different from The Selection books. We have a character that’s a little less easy to love, this time its a girl who has to pick a husband. I liked seeing that. We all knew in the selection books that it was Maxon who had to pick a bride and we all saw it from America’s point of view, of what it was like to be in the competition, of her feelings of the other girls and Maxon and how she had to stay true to herself.
This time we get to see what its like for the person picking. The stuff that goes on beyond the selection, the personal lives and how they rule. I liked seeing it from that angle. We got to see what the boys were like through her eyes, although she seemed to hate all of them at first! (she eliminates 11 boys in one go!)
Its clear that there are a few boys who pique her interest when it first starts.
Kile Woodwork. The son of Marlee and Carter (we see them in the selection books) is a book worm and likes to keep himself to himself. He wants nothing more than to leave the palace so he can start getting into architecture. He doesn’t particularly gets on with Eadlyn as they are always bickering but something changes throughout the Selection process. They start to see each other differently. He sees through the façade she puts up and she sees him than more than just a book worm. They do have a few secret kissing meetings throughout the book but whether that means she’ll pick Kile is to be seen.
The next contender that’s in the running is Hale Garner. He’s a suave fashion guy who manages to get through some of Eadlyn’s armour. He’s polite and easily likable and is the first one Eadlyn goes on a date with. Hale is a darling but whether she picks him is to be seen too.
There is also the over confident Ean Cabel, who tries to impress Eadlyn on the first day. Then there’s Henri Jaakoppi and his translator Erik who are both so so sweet. There’s a moment between her and Henri, as well as one between her and Eric.
There are a few boys too who get kicked out for bad behaviour too.
Throughout it all though Eadlyn gets a few home truths, mainly from her twin brother. Its clear the public dislike her and Ahren manages to shed some light as to why.
The whole book had the makings of the first book in the series. I had to re read bits from the first three books just to feel some love! As I said, Eadlyn is hard to love but throughout the book you do get to see little chinks in her armour to the person she is underneath. In the next book I hope we get to see more of the girl she is when she lets her guard down, because underneath it all there has to be a girl whose insecure and scared.
I loved seeing some of the old characters from the other books too. It was great to see that Maxon and America are still as in love as they were back in the other books, Marlee and Carter, as mentioned are there too with their children. So is America’s old childhood boyfriend and friend Aspen Leger and his wife Lucy, there story is pretty heart breaking though.
Overall Kiera created a world that was easy to fall into again. You get caught up in everything that goes on. In the selection books I rooted for America throughout it all but in this one its hard to pick just one guy. At the moment I’d say Kile but it always manages to change because they each have their own quirks and reasons for liking them.
And then of course there was that ending… OH MY GOD WHY DO THAT TOO ME BECASUE MAXON AND MY HEART AND FEELS!!!
5 out of 5 stars