The Heir (Selection Series #4)

The Heir (Selection Series #4)

by Kiera Cass


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A new era dawns in the world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series

America and Maxon’s fairy-tale romance enchanted readers from the very first page of The Selection. Now find out what happens after happily ever after in this fourth captivating novel, perfect for fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn.

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

A new generation of swoon-worthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062349859
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Selection Series , #4
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 107,536
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series and The Siren. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her family. You can learn more about Kiera’s books, videos, and love of cake online at

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The Heir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 241 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay!!!! This just totally made my day! I was totally floating on a cloud until i saw the publishing date. NOOOOO! I have to wait a whole 5 months!?!? But I'm sure the wait will be worth it. A whole new selection series starring Maxon and America's daughter!!!! Now we get to see more of Maxon and America's life PLUS there is a whole new series with I'm sure swoon-worthy romance! It's going to be amazing!!! I literally can't wait! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To start of this review I want to let you, the reader of this, know that the selection series by keira kass is my absolute favortie series. Maxon and America's story is a fairytale...entirely perfect. I patiently waited a whole year to find out who America chose and I was not disappointed. Before i knew of the 4th and 5th book, I had wanted there to be a story of their child's selection. I can't tell you how excited I was when keira released she was continuing the series. To say the least, I am obssesed with the selection series. Now onto the the heir, i liked it! It was really weird that america and maxon were not the main part of the story but I'm so glad keira still showed their love for eachother (oh my gosh maxon's reaction to america at the end was heartbreaking?) i hated eadlyn at first. I thought she was self centered and a brat. I couldn't believe she was maxon and america's daughter. As the book progressed, i realized eadlyn was scared. I started to like her more after that. I definetly liked maxon's selection more but eadlyn's had its own pluses. They were bith pretty great? now onto possibly the most important part...the selected. First off the fact that kile was chosen was hilarious? and oh my gosh their kiss? i think eadlyn is falling for kile. Then there's henri... I personally don't think he and eadlyn have a chance but erik... What's going on with erik. Could they fall in love??? I reallg have no idea. I want her to fall in love with kile. They kinda remind me of maxon and america. I also love eadlyn's relationship with ahren but i can't believe he left without telling anyone... And america's heart attack?? i dont know what ill do if america dies... But overall i enjoyed the heir (read it in a night?) hate that it ended in a cliffhanger but can't wait for the next book. Hopefully it won't be the last!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait till it comes out!!! Maxon and Americas DAUGHTER!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Eadlyn. The story felt very slow paced and bogged down with how selfish and spoiled she is. It was an ok book, but did not pull me in nearly as much as the Selection. If I read the second book, I hope that it shows a great deal of character growth on Eadlyn's part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I feel silly for waiting for this.  It's neat to see how everything was pulled together, but the book seemed to drag on just to leave in a cliffhanger with way to many questions unanswered.  It's like the author's deadline was up so they stopped where's they were and published it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me one day to read thus book. I did enjoy it but not as much as I hoped. It reminds me alot of the first book,but there is no excitment. At least in the first one there was war, and fighting, and love and there was always something unexpecting that happens. This one was very dull. The only unexpecting thing took place in the last two chapters. Besides that it was a nice read I just hope in the next one there will be more action, and surprises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So excited!!! I wish it came earlier....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had enjoyed America and maxon's story sooooo much that i was expecting the heir to be as beautiful and breath taking as the previous 3 books . But, it was totally opposite. It was so exaggerated and I realized i wasn't ready to know about their spoiled and bratty daughter. How could such nice people have a daughter like her. Simply Hate her!! I really didn't like the story, and to be honest there was not enough story in the book. Every thing and the situations were being dragged and exaggerated.So many Unnecessary details. I am very very very disappointed. Only 1star from my side. Though, the crown has released, but i am not looking forward to read it and waste money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like any books where the main character is not likable.  eadlyn is selfish and prideful and because of that, I had a difficult time relating to her.  It was a slow read b/c it took time for me to get into the story since eadlyn was such a pain to read about. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me pulling out my hair in frustration. The main character is a spoiled brat that decides to toy with the boys hearts just because she couldn't 1) ease up and let people know her for her. She doesnt want a husband so she's covering up how she truely feels for no reason! And 2) stand up to her dad and say The Selection isn't the only answer. I was really excited for this one, but it was just a waste of $12. I'm definately not wasting my money on The Crown. This book and most likely The Crown we could do without. It would've been nice to close the series up at The One.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiera Cass is a true genius. The Selection is hands-down the best book series I have ever read. Ever. Let me just start this by saying the first three books are absolutely perfect! The characters are developed so beautifully and their personalities seem to pop right out of the pages along with the colors of the Selected girls' gowns. The main focus of the first three books are on America and Maxon's relationship, which is developed so perfectly throughout the story. Every moment they share makes your heart explode with warmth. That said, The Heir, Kiera's fourth book is just as much of a page turner. Set 20 years after America and Maxon vowed their love to each other, The Heir is told from the point of view of their firstborn daughter Eadlyn. Eadlyn is an interesting character. She is stubborn and determined, who always thought of leadership as her main priority in life. This starts to change however, when Maxon and America arrange Eadlyn her very own selection, in an attempt to try to get the people of Illéa's mind off of political problems. You will see, at first, Eadlyn is very unhappy about this. She plans to be the worst behaved possible to try and scare all of the boys away, but her parents convince her to at least try to enjoy herself and make interactions, for the sake of the country and herself.  As a reader, you almost feel like you are getting to know each of the selected boys just like Eadlyn, and begin to choose favorites yourself, and as the book continues Eadlyn realizes power may not be the most important thing in her life, and that love may not be as overrated as she believed This book is also filled with tons of amazing characters. You get to see some familiar faces, Maxon and America are absolutely charming as parents, and you can see they still share the unconditional love for each other that they had in the first three books. Other favorite characters such as Aspen and Lucy, Marlee and Carter and May also make appearances. There are also fresh new characters like Eadlyn's three brothers, Marlee's two children, and the Selected boys. Every character is so unique and real and special in their own way, reading about their interactions will make you feel like you're princess Eadlyn, sitting in the dining hall among them.   I'm not going to add anything else about what happens, because you should definitely read this book and see for yourself. If you loved The Selection series you will definitely love this too, at first I thought I wouldn't like it, because it's told from America's daughter's point of view opposed from her point of view, but I was wrong.  A must read for anyone who loves a captivating story, and dreams of finding their own prince someday. I can't wait for the next book to come out because the ending of this one left me hanging off a cliff! Overall, Kiera Cass has outdone herself again, you go girl!!!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read The Heir because I flew through the rest of the series and hoped the same for this one. I ended up liking it the same and would have read the whole book in one sitting if my meds wouldn't have knocked me out.      Eadlyn is fierce, and she has been raised to lead the country next. She has let in her parents and siblings, but she hasn't really formed many friendships or relationships outside of them. When there is some unrest in the country even after the abolishment of the caste system. And Maxon and America had the idea to have a selection for Eadlyn. She was completely against it at first, and I can understand because it was something that she'd never really prepared for. She wasn't ready to get married, she wanted to keep learning and getting ready to take over the throne.     But she does care for Illea and she begins to see some wisdom in this, giving the people something to cheer for, and take their minds off of their instability. Eadlyn had a hard time when the men came to the castle, but when she finally did realize she needed to put forth full effort, and flirt a bit, we got to see some of the guys personalities and who they were.      I actually had a favorite, and it was someone who shouldn't have even been in the selection to begin with, but she kept getting closer to him because he was seen as a safe person, and she wanted to give something to the media. But as the book progressed and she got to know some of the guys more, I also formed soft spots for them, and could see how they could make her happy.      There were also some scandals, some of the guys were violent, some didn't show respect for Eadlyn. But like Maxon, and America, she figured it out more and more as the process went on. It went from a duty, to something that she got so much out of emotionally and intellectually. She was able to sympathize, and have new ideas that could work with the new violence and people not understanding they have more control over their life instead of their hardships being solely on the monarchy.      It ended at a cliffie spot, and like the previous, I am totally ready for the next one.  Bottom Line: Flew through it just like 1-3. 
JeseniaC More than 1 year ago
Eadlyn might be a little bratty but I admire her determination in the book. There's are tons of moments where they mention things that happen in the selection with American and Maxon that make you smile because you remember. I don't want to say anything without spoiling but just know this story is great and Eadlyn really portrays a strong female character who has the trouble with the whole "falling in love" thing (;
thes2100212 More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed the three Selection books, I was expecting more from The Heir. I felt the author created unrealistic drama between many of the characters, and in an attempt to make the book interesting, made many plot holes. Characters from the previous three books, including Maxon and America acted out of character and seemed to have completely forgotten what they used to think about Illea and its people. The protagonist, Eadlyn cannot see things from anyone else's point of view and rebels just for the sake of rebelling. I had bought the book for $14 when it first came out, and even at that price, I felt like it was a ripoff. Unless you like plot holes, characters making irrational and rash decisions, and a main character who goes on about how horrible her life is and how no one understands her, don't buy this book; it will leave you disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading most of the lower reviews, I found out most of the critical ones wanted a more "relatable" main character. Now, thinking about how "relatable" *sarcasm* America is in the selection, shouldn't we all come to expect this? Actually, I think the quirks in Keira Cass' characters are what makes them enjoyable to read and realistic. Not every girl is the goody-two shoes who lives down the lane, and Cass showcased that in both of her Selection Series. There are "nice" people, like Maxon and Eric, but they still have their issues as well. Although some people harshly criticize this book, I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes "Divergent", "Red Queen", and "The Hunger Games."
MandiB37 More than 1 year ago
Slight hints at events in the book. Be warned.  I have to admit I don't like Eadlyn. She's self-centered and I was appalled at how she spoke to her parents and the way she thought so highly of herself. BUT, the book showed promise for her at the end. I love seeing the love still shared between America and Maxon. I love the twist that now there is a selection with men vying for the hand of a woman. However, Eadlyn has inconsistent character development and was only really relatable at the conclusion of the book. I was disappointed that the selected characters weren't fleshed out. Each of them, besides Hale, Henri, Erik, and Kile, seem to have a very one dimensional personality. They showed very little of the other selected and even those that were removed for their actions had so little written about them. I enjoy the siblings and the monarchy from a family perspective. I did not like that the majority of the action and excitement happen in the last 30 pages. I really hope that the next book improves Eadlyn's personality and fleshes out the selected. I understand part of Ahed's motive toward the end, but I would hope for this event to be explained into further details because his reasoning wasn't enough (in my opinion). Overall, the book was good, not great, but worth reading the next book to come.  
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
 I knew this series was big, but I didn't know just HOW big until I read this book. The ending was the cause of a HUGE uproar from teens that I met at RT 2015 and they were NOT happy. I can't wait to see how she Kiera Cass handles this next book that comes out. "You are Eadlyn Schreave. You are the next person in line to run this country, and you will be the first girl to do it on your own. No one,' I said, 'is as powerfl as you.'" pg. 5      Twenty years later King Maxon and Queen America have four children and Ilea is upset about things happening in their communities. To help calm them, Maxon and America have decided to hold a Selection for their oldest, Princess Eadlyn. This changes everything as it's the first Selection from a woman, but Eadlyn doesn't have the silly expectations of actually finding love. But the Selection comes to reveal things aren't always what you expect. Everyone keeps saying that it might be good for me. What does that even mean? I'm smart and beautiful and strong. I don't need to be rescued.' Ahren shrugged. 'Maybe not. But you never know if one of them might need to be."" pg. 121      The one thing I hated was that it seemed like there was no plot change from the other books. Even though this one was twenty years later and it was a woman's selection, it just seemed like the same story. But there were some things that did change. Such as the way the Selection was handled. "I'm not sure anyone knows what they're looking for until they find it.'" pg. 162       Eadlyn was really spoiled and it was getting a little annoying. She seemed to think that no one could help her run the county and that she would be the only one who could get anything done. She went in not wanting to give anyone a chance. Sounds like her mother. It just seemed like I'd read the exact story before and the fact that Eadlyn was such a brat didn't exactly make me like it any more than the original. "They just want more for themselves. I can't say I blame them, but the people are confused. They think their lives are in our hands, but they're not. 'They're in their own.' 'Exactly.'" pg. 268      What I did like was the ending. (Looks around for teen girls who might be trying to kill me. If you've read it, you would understand why liking what happens is a bad thing lol ) It made for a really good plot twist. I was expecting them to do something like that, but not to leave it on a cliff hanger like that. I'm guessing at all the possibilities that could happen if the ending played out like I think and I'm really interested in how Cass will handle the next book. "This was why love was a terrible idea: it made you weak. And there was no one in the world as powerful as me." pg. 148      All in all, I felt like I have read this book before. I can't lie, this series could've been complete without adding this Selection to the mix, but Cass is smart. Adding these two books to the series and ending this one the way she did, opens her up to so many possibilities to continue this series. Even after the next book is published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little disappointing because the first three books based on america and maxon are AMAZING! However, this book wasnt as great as I thought it would be. There's not much going on in the book compared to America's story. Basically, the main character is princess eadlyn. She's pretty spoiled, self-centered, and insecure so she keeps people at a distance and whenever someone gets close she pushes them away. She had to keep reminding herself that she's princess eadlyn and she's the most powerful person in the world. Eadlyn also doesnt seem very interested in the guys and there isnt much genuine romance in this book. I hope it gets better in the next book because this book REALLY lacked excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there going to be another?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing and great well the whole series is it is perfect for teens in their 13s and 14 and older
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sad & hard to read. It was slightly disapointing. The first 3 books of the series are some of my favorite books. This one? Not so much. Eadlyn is self centered and honestly, quite mean. There are a lot of times when Eadlyn is plain cruel to her suitors. She treats some of them like they mean nothing & have no value. I get she has to be smart & hard minded & organized to run a country but Eadlyn is downright rude & inconsiderate. She IS the first queen of Illea which is great! You go girl. I just wished she didn't have to act so superior and treat others underneath her so harshly. And the cliff hanger at the end? If this character dies I'm going to revolt. The only parts that I enjoyed in this book were the times when characters like Marlee and May and America were in a scene. I also enjoyed seeing America and Maxon's other children. This book was disapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just okay. Honestly, the romance between her and Kile is what kept me reading, and maybe the small snippets of connection between her and Erik, Henri, Hale, and Baden. This book would have been so much better if Eadlyn was more relatable and less, cold, distant, spoiled, and bratty. Some of the dialogue made me also caused me to like her less. I understand that that's her character and that Kiera is planning on developing her personality in the future books. I have to say though, it wasn't as interesting of a read as her previous novels. However, it was still worth reading. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me close to tears. There was so much drama and romance i could have not asked for such a wonderful book. I think Kile and Eadlyn should get together. The end is sad which made me want sorta punch Ahren and hug Maxon I HAVE TO READ BOOK NUMBER 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The elegant and hopeless romance of The Heir by Kiera Cass, is entertaining as we enter a world of unbelievable beauty and endless passion. Cass continues The Selection Series, providing a fourth installment that follows America Singer’s and Prince Maxon’s new family, specifically their oldest daughter and future queen of Illea, Princess Eadlyn Schreave. Soon after America and Maxon got married as a result to the selection process, the caste system was removed from the country making uprisings a common practice around Illea. In order to distract the people of Illea from such violence, the royal family decide to hold a selection for Eadlyn, in which would be the first selection where men will be the ones who will be the selected. Eadlyn, however thinks of herself as a powerful, independent, and controlled young lady and believes that the selection is foolish and unnecessary, refusing to let anyone into her heart and her personal life. Eadlyn is different from her mother America (when America went through the selection and the first three books). She is a modern princess with angst. Her personality is intimidating and strong and most of the time annoying. She comes off as a spoiled immature brat who doesn’t know what or how her life fits in anywhere, in her family’s, in her country’s, or even in the selection. All she cares about is the fact that one day she will be queen and in her mind a queen must be strong and just and independent. The fact that she refusing to let go, even after her comprised with her father about have the selection and keeping it going for three months. Eadlyn is the cause of most of her own problems but yet refuses to see that she is the one to blame. Her own twin brother who she loves beyond reason, even tell her so and tries to show her that the selection for her is a good thing. Eadlyn being her bratish self will not be convince however and still will not see her own faults throughout this selection. But as the selection goes on, we see that Eadlyn though thick-headed at time, needs someone who, she can confide to and love her for what she is. We start to see that she is capable of kindness and fun. We also get to see the 35 suitor in which Eadlyn must interact with and start to develop our own feelings about them. I must say this is more entertaining because it's hard to guess who she is going to end up with. Out of all the suitors, three had potentials to win Eadlyn's heart: Henri, Kile and Hale. Though I would also say that Henri’s interrupter, Erik, may have a chance to win Eadlyn’s heart even though he is not in the selection. After finishing the book, I am not even sure if my guess is right because these gentlemen are beautiful inside and out in their own ways. I have never been this torn. So I think I will let my guess of who will be Eadlyn’s choice still be undecided until I am sure I know. As for Illea, the country is in distress with roits and uproar at how the monarchy has changed the caste system and caused problems throughout the life of its population. People believe that the caste system still lives and that many are still holding fast to it, causing an unfairness in the society of Illea. Eadlyn is another reason that Illea is in such disaccord, though we are truly unsure as to why. Her brother mentions that fact to her as he tries to explain how she could rule better, being a queen that all will love and how the selection is a good thing that she should embrace it and not disregard it. Aside from that, it’s so nice to see America and Maxon. Even as they aged, their sweetness and undying love are so adorable! They still make me feel giddy. I also loved the bond between Eadlyn and Ahren as well as their younger siblings. I swear, it's so adorable when they are all together. Overall, I love it and it's worth waiting for. This is a cliffhanger and I need to have the 5th book soon.
Gabrielle1 More than 1 year ago
If you liked the first three books in the Selection Series, you will love this one just as much! What excites me the most is that after reading The Heir we know that there have to be more books coming in the future. The only downfall is that I read this book in 3 days and now I have to wait a long time for the next one :(