For the Love of Venda: A Review of The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

21569527Title: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: July 7thth, 2015
Kindle Edition: 480 Pages
Source: Personal Purchase

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape . . . and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar’s interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile, the foundations of Lia’s deeply-held beliefs are crumbling beneath her. Nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to her, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized by the kingdoms of Dalbreck and Morrighan. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people . . . and her own destiny.

“I beg your forgiveness, Your Eminence. I would not truly feed your face to the hogs. It might make them sick.” 

The following review contains spoilers for The Kiss of Deception. If you haven’t read the first book in The Remnant Chronicles, it might be best to revisit this review when you have.

It is rare that I like a book better the second time around. Usually, I spend the reread nitpicking things that I glossed over the first time. That wasn’t the case with The Heart of Betrayal. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did gloss over things the first time through. I was still reeling from the Kaden/Rafe switch-a-roo, which left me focused on the romance and not the world building or the character development that goes on outside of the romance.

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Who’s Who: A Review of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

16429619Title: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Kindle Edition: 492 Pages
Source: Personal Purchase

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

“If one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything. Some things can’t be forgiven.” 

I didn’t know what to expect the first time I picked up The Kiss of Deception. I hadn’t read the synopsis or any of the reviews. All I knew about the book was it was supposedly fantasy and Goodreads had recommended It. I dove in headfirst.

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