5 Things About the Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

March 10, 2016 Review 22 ★★★½

5 Things About the Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
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Publisher: Listening Library
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 470
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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 Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar'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.

Yay for more history and world development!

World development was one of the things I was hoping for in this sequel and I’m so glad it delivered in this aspect! Exploring the culture of Venda, the lore of the world’s religions and history, and how everything related to the prophecy was my favourite part of the novel. It was all so very fascinating and much more interesting to me than the romance

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The romance continues to play a larger part than expected

It’s such a shame I’m not in the mood for romance right now because this series still contains so much. The romance development doesn’t take up as much of the plot of THE KISS OF DECEPTION, but it’s still quite a chunk of the novel. Which there is nothing wrong if, but I much prefer my romances to develop slowly and subtly as side plots.

I still don’t like the love triangle

This is probably most of the reason I can’t get behind the romance. Especially since in THE HEART OF BETRAYAL the focus is more on developing the Kaden side of the triangle. Because I don’t particularly care that much for Kaden (and neither does Lia really, at least not in a romantic way) and much prefer Rafe, I feel meh toward the triangle. One thing I am grateful for in regards to the triangle is that Lia doesn’t spend time going back and forth between the guys in the usual “oh no who do I love?” angst. Overall the triangle is bearable but I wouldn’t miss it but it does add complications to character relationships.


Lia continues to be a great character

Lia is such an awesome girl. She’s smart, she’s strong, she’s determined. Very confidence in herself and not afraid to speak her mind, I wish my personality shared more qualities with hers because she truly is a great human being. Don’t get me wrong, she has her flaws and areas of growth but which human being doesn’t? She is everything I want in my YA female leads really.

The ending was brilliant

This book was a pretty decent book most of the way. And then the end happened. Holy crap it was AWESOME. So much action and suspense. It left it in a pretty intense spot and I think I was in shock when I finished it. This is an accurate depiction of my face upon reading the last chapter:


THE KISS OF DECEPTION had a really strong ending as well. If these books had that kind of intensity and plot twists throughout they’d easily be 5 star novels but alas.


While THE HEART OF BETRAYAL still focused on romance more than I would have liked, there was a lot more world and plot development. Plus that ending blew me away. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up in THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

22 Responses to “5 Things About the Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson”

    • Bec

      I didn’t really connect with some aspects of it. I’m glad you enjoyed it that much! It will be interesting to see where book 3 goes.

  1. JennRenee

    I loved the first book but still have not gotten to the second. I really do need to before I forget everything thing in the first.

    I don’t mind love triagles when they aren’t really triangles. If lia knows who she wants then I am good. Like you said as long as she doesn’t go back and forth..
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    • Bec

      Might be a wise idea to get onto it soon!

      It’s clear which guy Lia prefers, but she still kind of leads on the other guy who is still interested (and I don’t care for him). It frustrates me.

    • Bec

      The love triangle is not the worst I’ve read and there is enough other stuff going on to keep me interested. If the love triangle was any more involved I wouldn’t cope.

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’m still not 100% sold on this series, truth be told, probably due to the romance-heavy plot and love-triangulations BUT the fact that the sequel improved on the first book is promising! Keeping my mind open about this one :) Great review my friend!!

    • Bec

      The series should wrap up soon, and if that last book is brilliant then I might say the first two books are worth it. Still at the moment there are better fantasy books out there. Shame the romance and love triangle are getting in the way of what really is a fabulous world and plot with potential :(

  3. Greg

    Love world building in fantasies, and every time I see these books I wonder who the cover artist/ designer was because they have great covers! Glad this one was good!
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    • Bec

      World building is one of the best things about fantasy books! These books do have beautiful covers :)

    • Bec

      The only reason the love triangle is horrible is because I don’t care about one of the guys in it and the dynamic isn’t anything interesting. Both guys hate each other and want the same girl. That’s about the extend of it. Everything else in the story is great!

  4. Annika

    I’m considering picking this one up but yeah, the romance thing and the love triangle make me hesitate a tiny bit… Maybe I’ll get it when I’m actually in a mood for romance :) Thanks for this, Bec!
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    • Bec

      If you’re in the mood for romance it would probably be great! If you do pick it up I hope you have better experiences than me :D

    • Bec

      If you can like the triangle, you’ll probably love the book! For me to like love triangles they need to be complicated and all three characters need to have depth. This one is pretty generic.

      I can’t wait to see where the story goes in the last book!

  5. Alise

    While I’m glad the world and other aspects were given more time to develop the fact that the romance is still so prominent doesn’t really encourage me to continue with this series :/ Glad you liked it a little more though!

    • Bec

      Maybe wait and see what happens in the third book before continuing. If it’s just more romance then eh maybe don’t bother. Hopefully it will be plot heavy.

  6. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I’m still not sure I will read this series, simply because I am hesitant to start new ones, and I am getting more and more sick of love triangles *sigh*

    I’m glad the world building was better in this one! I sometimes feel like it can get better in the second book of a series, because all the introductions are done and there can be more time to introduce the world, as well.

    I am kind of interested to ‘meet’ Lia, because of how highly you wrote about her! Maybe her character will convince me to pick up this series.

    Lovely review, Bec <3
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    • Bec

      I’m really over generic love triangles (where the two guys don’t like each other and go after the one girl). I want more variety and depth and complications which unfortunately aren’t present here :(

      Second books always seem to be better or not as good. They are never the same as the first book.

      Lia is great! Very determined. She’s really grown on me.

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