Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Also in this series: The Kiss of Deception
Published by Henry Holt and Company on 7/7/15
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence)
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.
The Heart of Betrayal is the second book in the Remnant Chronicles, and it’s just as heart stopping as the first! I adored Kiss of Deception, but a lot of that was because I was so blown away by the character twist – I wondered if it was possible for the second book to measure up now that we’d gotten that twist out of the way. Well, it did. Have to say that I enjoyed pretty much every minute of reading this book!
What fed my addiction:
- Betrayal. The book is aptly named. There’s a lot of betrayal going on – and Lia herself doles out her fair share. There is nothing she won’t do to get herself and Rafe out of Venda, and she’ll lie through her teeth if that’s what it takes to do it. A lot of that lying is aimed at Kaden. You can’t help but feel a little sorry for him, but at the same time, I was glad that Pearson didn’t take the route of actually continuing the love triangle (though there are definitely elements of the love triangle in this book, Lia has definitely made her choice.) Lia is incredibly torn when it comes to Kaden because she can see that he genuinely cares for her – and she uses that. It sometimes makes her feel horribly guilty, but it’s her only recourse for survival!
- More magic. The presence of magic is increased a bit in this book. Lia’s visions start to play a much larger role in the story as a whole, and they’re especially important when it comes to her relationship with the people of Venda. She also learns more about the history of Venda and Morrighan and starts to see the world through new eyes. Which brings me to my next point …
- Blurred lines. Lia discovers that the world isn’t as simple as she once thought. The Vendans aren’t all barbarians who simply want to destroy Lia’s people. Even the Komizar who holds her captive proves to be a more complex man than she ever imagined. He is shrewd and cunning and often brutal, but he also seems to truly care for his people and have their best interests at heart. Lia starts to realize that a life in Venda might shape a person differently than a life in Morrighan, but that the Vendans aren’t so very different than her people after all!
- The ending. I truly wasn’t sure where everything was headed until I got to the very end of the book (and there are still some very exciting things left up in the air). There were so many directions that Pearson could have taken this story, and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next!!
What left me wanting more:
- Not much. I’m sure there were things that bothered me a little, but I honestly can’t think of any of them now.
This was an excellent sequel that completely avoided middle book syndrome and led us into book three flawlessly. I can’t wait for the next one!! I give this book 5/5 stars.
About the Author
Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.