The Remnant Chronicles
Author: Mary E. Pearson
The Kiss of Deception
The Heart of Betrayal
The Beauty of Darkness (Expected Pub: 2016)
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Goodreads Summary for The Kiss of Deception:
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.
Alternately bored and intrigued, The Remnant Chronicles didn’t deliver like I hoped it would. At the heart of this story is a mystery about whom Lia can trust. You’re supposed to be nervous about whom she’s aligning herself with, and worried she’s going to make the wrong choice in love. Because of how the narratives are set up, Mary E. Pearson is able to throw a big misdirection and twist at the end of The Kiss of Deception. This twist was so blindsiding that it took me several chapters to catch up and figure out what the heck just happened. It didn’t feel good, either. It just felt confusing. If I hadn’t already gotten the second book, The Heart of Betrayal from the library, I might not have continued the series.
I enjoyed The Heart of Betrayal more than it’s predecessor. There’s an actual villain, and you have better understanding about where the original love triangle stands with one another. Though again, I struggled with some of Pearson’s world building. There was history and backstory lost on me, simply from being uninterested. I feel like this sounds like a 2-star review, but really the books weren’t that bad. If you like fantasy and romance, than you’ll probably enjoy them.
I’m curious about what happens to Lia and the others next, and how they might bring peace and change to their kingdoms, hopefully the final book in the series (which comes out this year) will be the best in its conclusion.
Would I let my teen read this series?
The series is not terrible. It’s a decent romantic fantasy, but it wouldn’t be my first choice in series either. If your teen really likes romance, than this is a good choice without getting too much sexy time (sexy-time scale: 4 out of 10…not a bad score, but still too much pining).
Age recommendation: 16
Language – None
Drugs & Alcohol— Characters drink and get drunk
Sex – Several passionate kisses/embraces; Sex is alluded to
Violence – Some sword and knife fighting and deaths; war violence; executions; killing of a lame horse
My Goodreads rating: 3 1/2 out of 5
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