Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass

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.

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication date: May 5, 2015

This review contains spoilers for the first three books in The Selection series.

Fast forward twenty years from the first three Selection books and we have The Heir. There’s unrest in Illéa again and American and Maxon are kind of wanting to desperate to marry off their daughter Eadlyn. They’re getting old and tired, you know, and it’s time Eadlyn start seriously preparing to take over the country. (They’re in their late thirties! Queen Elizabeth is more than twice their age! They’re barely old enough to be elected President of the United States!) She’s already training to deal with the work of running a country. All she lacks, at 18, is a husband. They decide that a Selection is the answer to all their problems. After all, it worked so well for them. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, first of all, Eadlyn is a major bitch. I had major issues with Maxon in the first three books, but his daughter takes it to a whole new level. She’s self-centered and elitist, treating everyone around her as if she’s better than they are. She is to be queen, you know. To my delight, people actually do call her on it (eventually), but I can’t imagine how everyone has let it slide for so long. I give Maxon a pass on raising a daughter like Eadlyn because a) he’s no prize himself and b) he’s been busy running a country. But America should have done better. Then again, Eadlyn’s twin Ahren (younger by seven minutes) and her younger sons don’t seem so bad, so it’s possible Eadlyn is just a bad seed.

I can only guess that Kiera Cass set out to write an unlikable main character just to see what would happen or something. Maybe we’re supposed to buy into her redemption arc, which I’m sure is coming in the next book. Given that I’m still carrying a grudge against Maxon, I don’t see that happening with me.

Thirty-five men are competing for Eadlyn’s hand in marriage. Some are just placeholders, of course, and are eliminated quickly in a very public way. By the end of the book, there are handful of real contenders and some who have barely been mentioned. There’s Kile, the guy Eadlyn has known her entire life. He’s the son of Marlee from the earlier books and he and Eadlyn have clashed for years so of course he ends up in the Selection and suddenly there’s chemistry! Hate-to-love is a trope, right? There’s Henri, who doesn’t speak English, but who comes with Erik, his translator. Erik is not a Selection candidate, but maybe he should be, given how much Eadlyn notices him. There’s Hale and there’s Ean. Hale is a tailor and Ean is arrogant and that’s about all I remember about either of them. My money is on Erik for the win, which probably means it’s going to be Kile.

(I can’t wait for the next book. These books are like crack.)

3 1/2 stars



  1. I agree, Eadlyn was sooo spoiled. I actually didn’t mind as much as most other people, because it seems like Kierra Cass planned it to be this way so that she would end up NOT being so spoiled as the story goes on, whereas I thought America was really unlikeable *unintentionally*. I seem to be in the minority on that though. Everyone seems to hate Eadlyn :/

    I also agree that Erik is probably going to win, but there’s so many other possible guys I have no idea if I am right!

    These books ARE like crack, lol. Great review!
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  2. I totally agree that these books are like crack lol! I actually loved Maxon – I need to go back to see what your issues were with him 🙂 Eadlyn, though, I agree has major issues. I think there’s a good chance I’ll end up realy liking her though – I think she’s going to grow a lot of the next book (or is it two? please let it be two!). I like several of the potential suitors, including the not technicailly in the running translator guy. I have no idea who she’ll be with, unlike with America when I was almost always sure that it would be Maxon.
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  3. I read the first one in the series, and enjoyed it. But for some reason, I just haven’t picked the others up, though I want to at some point. I DO love the covers!
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