The Heir: The Selection, Book 4

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Princess must choose prince in fun, fast-paced sequel.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

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Positive Messages

Strong messages about integrity, honor, loyalty, kindness, compassion, and balancing the individual's happiness against that of family or country.  Challenges double standards about women and men in leadership roles, as well as gender notions about career vs. motherhood. Encourages the notion that girls must be in charge of their own paths. Promotes a message of body autonomy and respect between men and women with regard to boundaries.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Princess Eadlyn is sharp, headstrong, determined, driven, and intent on carving out her own path, which can often make her seem insensitive or lacking in compassion. But she exhibits enough awareness and sensitivity to consider her impact on others and strives to balance her own needs with those of her family. Her parents are engaged, present, and incredibly supportive, and they often leave her to make difficult decisions with only minimal guidance. Most of the boys who participate in the Selection are kind, compassionate, and well intentioned. Some are heroic and wonderful; others are selfish and aggressive.


A guy punches a guy; a guy is sexually intimidating and thrown out of the palace by guards; a guy lunges, knocking a girl down, which starts a brawl among a few guys who sustain minor injuries.


Frequent flirting, a handful of kissing scenes; some are passionate, detailed, and involve mild caressing or kissing on a bed with fingers running through hair. A girl lifts a guy's shirt up in a moment of passionate kissing, but it goes no further. A girl remarks that she noticed a man who couldn't stop looking at her breasts.



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Girls and boys drink wine with dinner in a few scenes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Heir is the fourth installment in Kiera Cass' Selection series. Here, Princess Eadlyn, the daughter of America Singer and Prince Maxon, is now a young woman in line for the throne, so she holds a Selection of her own ... to pick a guy to marry. There's lots of flirtation and kissing throughout the process, including some passionate caressing and a boy's lifted shirt and a few fistfights, but overall this is a tame installment that focuses mainly on Eadlyn reconciling her need for independence with her country's desire to see her married off. The only strong language is "hell."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byiwolfv18 June 12, 2019

It was good...

This one was totally different from America's point of few as we now see her daughter, Eadlyn playing the role of what he father did from the first three b... Continue reading
Adult Written byApril R. February 21, 2016

Liked less than previous in series

While the overall theme of the book is similar to the previous three, it is 20 years after the last. The main character is Eadlyn, the daughter of the King and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 30, 2020


I really enjoyed this, but I liked America better than Eadlyn. I think if you've read the other 3, you can definitely read this.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDM2 July 31, 2019

Well Written but I Hate Eadlyn

I loved America's story and she is my favorite protangonist from any book i've ever read but I truly hated Eadlyn. She is bratty, spoiled and self-cen... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Selection saga continues in THE HEIR as Princess Eadlyn, the daughter of America Singer and Prince Maxon, is now of age and must consider marrying. Though Eadlyn had no plans to marry, the royal family of Illea agrees that holding a Selection of her own will help quell the rising tide of dissatisfaction in the kingdom. Suddenly, the palace is overrun with 35 loud, irritating boys who will compete for Eadlyn's hand. She promised her parents she'd give the process a real chance but only if she truly falls in love. The question is, can she?

Is it any good?

This fun, fast-paced novel deftly weaves the suspense and swoons of old-fashioned burgeoning romance with a modern, fresh sensibility. The heroine may be a princess who needs to fall in love pronto, but she also needs to grow up, learn how to run a country, and do so while battling age-old double standards about women in leadership positions managing their anger and wielding power with grace under constant pressure. 

The result is an immersive, easy read that manages to be squeaky-clean but still smart, fun, and empowering, with characters that are believably genuine, flawed, and on occasion dull. Plenty here to keep fans hooked for the next installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of dystopian novels. What's so appealing about this futuristic setup?

  • Does the Selection process seem fairer having the men compete for a woman's hand? 

  • What are the unique challenges for a woman seeking a husband? 

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