Title: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre \ Themes: Fantasy, Royalty, Mystery, Romance
Date Published: July 7, 2015
Cover Rating: 4.5/5
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.
I can’t say a whole lot about this book, since it is a sequel, so this is going to be rather short – sorry😣
Lia is still an amazing protagonist – and you definitely see progression in her character, inspired by her surroundings.
You also get Rafe’s and Kaden’s POVs, as well as Pauline’s. The different views and opinions are really interesting to read, and adds to the world and the realistic aspect of it.
There is less of a traveling aspect, but I didn’t entirely mind. I was fine learning about Venda instead.
The world building is incredible and really fun to try and figure out and get into.
Speaking of ‘figuring out’, the mystery aspect is still there – and getting better! I so cannot wait to see how it is resolved!
That’s a really, really sad review. I feel like I should say more…but I can’t…aghhhh…😰
Mary E. Pearson
Mary E. Pearson is the author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles as well as The Remnant Chronicles – the third book of which just came out recently.