“When you think you’re at the end of your rope, give it three more days. And then another three. Sometimes you’ll find the rope is longer than you thought.”
~Rafe, THE HEART OF BETRAYAL
WAIT, STOP!!!! Did you read the first book in The Remnants Chronicles, THE KISS OF DECEPTION, yet? IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO, read this review instead!
If you read about THE HEART OF BETRAYAL before you actually read the first book, you'll severely spoil the story for yourself....and it's such a good series that you don't want to do that!!!!
And EVERYONE should check out this fun interview with Mary E. Pearson!
OKAY, NOW WE'RE ENTERING THE BOOK 2 SPOILER ZONE. With, you know, as few actual SPOILERS as possible. But spoiling Book One? Oh yeah, it's on!!!!
THE KISS OF DECEPTION was one of my favorite novels of 2014, and THE HEART OF BETRAYAL was one of my favorite novels of 2015--and had one of my favorite kissing scenes of the year! I love The Remnant Chronicles so much, and am so sad that it's ending this year. When I went to grab and re-post my review, I was shocked to see that I'd never reviewed it the first time around. How that happened, I don't know. (My guess would be that I got greedy and read the ARC super early, then couldn't remember enough to cobble a good review together. But I just re-read it, so I'll rectify that injustice now!)
While THE KISS OF DECEPTION started off slow and focused on mystery--Who was the prince and who was the assassin?--THE HEART OF BETRAYAL drops readers straight into action--and there is action throughout the book. Deception is still running high, but this time, it's a fight for survival. Lia must convince the court and Venda's Komizar that she feels nothing for Rafe, who foolishly followed her to her death. And Rafe must convince the Komizar of his importance if he wishes to survive in order to orchestrate an escape. Kaden, on the other hand, is toeing the line of the Komizar's good graces. He wants to protect Lia, but he also wants to serve his country. The web of lies that these characters tell themselves--and others--is getting tighter, and the outcome is becoming deadlier.
One thing I really love about The Remnant Chronicles is the breath of tradition that Mary E. Pearson brings so vividly to life. From the intricacy of wedding kavahs to the way Venda honors the bones of fallen animals before meals and creates words with intricate meanings such as Paviamma. I love the way these moments flesh out a culture and make everything seem more genuine, pulling me even further into the story.
There really isn't much I can say about this book without giving so much away about the characters and their motivations. I've read this twice now, and it has taken my breath away both times and made me so incredibly eager for THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS. If you love fantasy that keeps you guessing or that builds upon itself, I highly recommend adding The Remnant Chronicles to your TBR!