Publisher: Listening Library
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
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.