Title: The Heart of Betrayal
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
About: Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.
My Thoughts: It’s hard to believe it’s been about a year since I reviewed The Kiss of Deception, the first book in this series. It seems like it couldn’t have been that long ago — and that’s a very good thing. It means I remembered it. And that it really was as good as I’d said. (Sometimes I look back and wonder why I can’t remember something that got such a high rating!)
The Heart of Betrayal is fast-paced, intriguing, exciting, engrossing, and surprising. Yes, some things weren’t so surprising, but I realize that now in retrospect. I didn’t find myself guessing early on what was coming. I think that’s because I was so engrossed in the story that I just enjoyed myself. Nice!
Lia is awesome. She’s strong but fallible. She’s easy to love as a main character. And Rafe and Kaden are just as interesting as they were the first time around. Rafe — total book boyfriend! 😉 We learn a lot more about Kaden, and all I can say is that poor boy! We really don’t see as much of the boys as I remember from the first book, but this one really is all about Lia. Yes, we still see things from their perspectives, but this story is more about her than anything else.
One thing I liked was that the love story wasn’t the central focus. It’s still very important, but it was more of a side point. So much else is going on that there just isn’t much time for focusing on it.
There is much, much more I can say, but I will stop. I don’t want to spoil this. It was such a great read! Despite being almost 500 pages, it read really quickly. And, yes, there is a cliffhanger ending, but for once that didn’t bother me. I highly recommend The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson for YA fantasy fans.
Source: Sent by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Read It: The Heart of Betrayal is scheduled for release around July 7, 2015. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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