Review: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

Princess Lia and her handsome Prince Rafe, are being held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda.

In an effort to save her from certain death, Kaden, Lia’s would be assassin, tells the Vendan Komisar that she has the sight and will be a great asset to the Vendan people.

The Komisar agrees to spare her life…..for now. But her position is precarious. The same goes for Rafe, he lies to the Komisar and tells him that he is an emissary sent on behalf of the  Dalbreck Prince to negotiate an alliance.

But this lie has only bought Rafe at best a month before his sham is revealed.

Lies. Lies. And more lies. Lies roll off of Rafe’s tongue with ease. This makes Lia nervous…..though she loves her prince, she doesn’t know if she can trust him.

She does know how she feels about Kaden though….he too is a lying ass sent to kill her. But yet he saved her. He puts loyalty and years of brotherhood aside for her. Why?

In this barbarian kingdom, the people embrace Lia and she beings to see that in her sheltered world, things aren’t always what they seem and the reality of people like Kaden, the Komisar, and the Vendan people might be victims rather than the enemy.

I’m in love with this series. I downloaded this book and started reading immediately when it came out. The first book was so wonderful and different, and this book continues to be equally surprising and refreshing as the first.

While the first book was more of a love story, this book was more about setting up the conflicts and build up to war. But there was enough romance to keep things interesting, and it’s not really a love triangle which I greatly appreciate. Lia knows who she loves and knows what and who she wants.

I love that Lia is equally as willing to manipulate and lie if she seems a benefit for herself or someone she loves. I thought that was really realistic and unlike many other YA novels. Most of the time the heroine is above reproach, but with Lia, she’s just as ruthless as some of the other characters.

Lia is strong without being annoying. Sometimes in YA adventure novels, the heroine is sometimes strong to a fault, but with Lia she is cunning and strong but smart enough to know when strong becomes arrogant. She’s a wonderful heroine and role model for young female readers.

As for the two love interests. I think it’s pretty clear that Lia loves Rafe and he’s her choice period. But she has affection and feelings for Kaden. I don’t consider this a love triangle….to me a love triangle would be “which boy do I choose” and I think it’s clear who her choice is.

I think Rafe and Kaden each have unique and desirable qualities that readers will admire and like. They undoubtedly have their flaws too. I personally feel that Rafe is genuine and I think he is brave, a little cocky but admirable, and strong….a good match for Lia. But on the flip side, Kaden is sultry, brooding, and has a little grit to him. I like them both and whoever she ends up with will only add to her character.

This is a wonderful adventure story. Any time I am up reading late into the night and reading at any little hint of opportunity then to me it’s a five star book, hands down! The way this book ended was pure heartbreak! I simply must know what happens to the characters next….it’s too painful to even think about waiting another year or so for the next one. Side note, I hope this isn’t just a trilogy…..I need more of the world and characters than just three measly books!

My only gripe….I wanted to know more about the gift. I still don’t really know what it’s all about so I had hoped more would be in this book about the gift but it wasn’t so that was a bit of a let down.

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

  • Kindle Edition, 480 pages
    Published July 7th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
    ASIN B00R16X3KA
  • Review copy provided by: Personal collection

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 5 out of 5

Genre: YA, high fantasy, fantasy

Memorable lines/quotes:

Hope is a slippery fish-impossible to hold on to for long-then you have to hold harder.

Sometimes we’re pushed to do things we thought we could never do. It wasn’t just gifts that came with sacrifice. Sometimes love did too.

I wished that love could be simple, that it was always given and returned in the same measure, equally and at the same time, that all the planets aligned in a perfect way to dispel all doubts, that it was easy to understand and never painful.

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