The heart of betrayal

Mary Pearson

Book - 2015

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Princess Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape--and even less of being together--as the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs crumble beneath her while she wrestles with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people, and her own destiny.

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Series
remnant chronicles ; book two
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Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company 2015.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Illustrations on endpapers.
Physical Description
473 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780805099249
0805099247
Main Author
Mary Pearson (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* It's rare that the second book in a series is as good—or perhaps better—than the first, but that's the case here. The highly praised The Kiss of Deception (2014), which began the Remnant Chronicles, introduced Lia, who fled her wedding only to be stalked by Rafe, the prince she was to marry, and Kaden, an assassin from the country of Venda. Both men are smitten by the impetuous, clever Lia, and neither will abandon her now that she's imprisoned in Venda. She soon has another admirer as well—and a very powerful one, indeed. Author Pearson masterfully controls all elements of her story. Told in alternating points of view, the narrative has a freshness that will make readers impatient to keep turning pages. A key story element is the way Lia's second sight gives her options and opportunities, even during her captivity. Descriptions richly evoke sights and smells, and death, dismemberment, and poverty are juxtaposed against the mythic elements of this world's history, told through the carefully dispensed snippets of the Song of Venda. There are surprises up until the last. Anticipation for the next volume will start as soon as this one is put down. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Following the dramatic and tragic ending of The Kiss of Deception (Holt, 2014), Princess Lia finds herself incarcerated in the walled city, Venda, where she is surrounded by her country's enemies. Seduced and betrayed by Kaden, now revealed as the Assassin who was sent to kill her, and tormented by the Komizar, the leader of the city, her only ally appears to be Rafe, the prince she ran away from in order to prevent a wedding neither of them wanted. When her true name, Jezelia, is revealed, the common people of Venda embrace her as the promised savior of their people, and Lia and Rafe begin to formulate a daring escape plan before she is either killed or forced into marriage to the Komizar. Fans of Pearson's first book in "The Remnant Chronicles" won't be disappointed in the sequel. The cliff-hanger ending will cause considerable angst as devoted readers will probably have to wait another year to find out whether or not Rafe and Lia survive long enough to make it home. VERDICT A heart-pounding sequel that fantasy fans will appreciate.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK [Page 169]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sequel to The Kiss of Deception finds Lia struggling with changing perspectives about Rafe, Kaden and the Vendans while confronting powerful choices about her gift and her role in safeguarding her country. By the author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Princess Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape--and even less of being together--as the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs crumble beneath her while she wrestles with her upbringing, her gift, andher very sense of self to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people, and her own destiny.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Lia struggles with changing perspectives about Rafe, Kaden, and the Vendans while confronting powerful choices about her gift and her role in safeguarding her country.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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 Komizar that she has a magical gift, and the Komizar'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.