This is a review of:
Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Book 2 of The Remnant Chronicles series
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her 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 savages. Now that she lives among 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.
What can I say? this book was really magical. It’s absolutely unputdownable. And that ending? It left me in a mess..
Heart of Betrayal picks up a while after the first book ended. Lia and Rafe are held captives in Venda, the rival kingdom of Morrighan. Lia has to make choices and decision that will help her and Rafe to get out of this kingdom. She decides to live their lives and get to know them more and while doing this, she changes her mind about many things she was misunderstanding before.
In this book, we see a more mature and responsible side to Lia. She’s no longer the pampered princess and she’s watched by people who might want her harm if she did not have the gift. Even though she was captive, I loved how she was determined to get use of any chance to gather information, much to Kaden’s annoyance. She proved she’s princess who is made of steel.
Kaden was my least favorite. For me, he was like the dark and negative energy about the whole book. He was suffocatingly protective of Lia. At first it was cute and all but later he started shouting at her and I was like “hey there, you’re not cute anymore, back the hell off” so basically I did not like his chapters all that much. As for Rafe, now that’s a prince. In book one, I could not decide whom I liked as a love interest, now it’s undoubtedly Rafe. He’s caring and supportive. He is not bossing or controlling Lia around like a servant, even if he cares for her.
Teams aside, the romance wasn’t front and center, thankfully. The focus was on the plot and the dynamic inside Kingdom of Venda which is intriguing. The Komizar guy is a creepy one.
The strength of this series, for me, lies in its fantastic characters and well-written plots and the really shocking twists. It all came together along with a beautiful writing style by Mary E. Pearson.
Have you read this book/series? What do you think about it?