Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing about her parent’s selection 20 years ago. While she loves the story, she does not want to repeat it as she wants to postpone getting married for as long as possible and is too busy learning to rule. However, life as a princess is never her own and her parent convince her to go through with a selection to distract her country from its problems. Eadlyn is not used to this many boys trying to win her affection, and while some hold no interest for her, a few start to creep into her heart but will she be able to find her own happily ever after?
The Heir is the fourth book in the Selection series, although it is more of a companion novel, and I found it much more enjoyable than the second and third Selection books. It is fast paced and interesting to see the selection from the other side of the process. It is obviously romantic but it also had a lot of politics.
I was not a big fan of Eadlyn as she was spoilt, self-entitled and bratty which makes her not very likeable, but I did warm to her in the second half. Now the boys, most people’s favourite is Kile, who is an adventurous bookworm who wants to explore. There is Hale who is charming and confident, and Henri who is a very sweet character, but I don’t think that Eadlyn will chose them. My favourite is Erik as I feel him and Eadlyn have a deeper connection than she does with the other boys.
This book has a cliff-hanger ending and I am looking forward to reading the next book The Crown but I am a bit worried, as the original series went downhill with each book. I would recommend The Heir to fans of the first three selection books.