The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles)

In YA Book Reviews on December 20, 2014 at 4:27 am


 by Mary E. Pearson

YA Fantasy/©2014/486 Pages/Part of a Series/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):

A princess must find her place in a reborn world. She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance. Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Next Book in the Series: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles Book 2)) Hardcover – July 7, 2015

My Thoughts:

There is a lot going on in this story. It is a well written and well plotted fantasy with interesting characters and some heart stopping moments. Lia is a strong main character, and it is fascinating to see her change as the story progresses. The Kiss of Deception is written from three perspectives, all the better to build suspense, I am sure. The main narration is Lia’s, but there are also chapters from the assassin and the prince. Lia’s narration is un-labeled, but subheadings indicate chapters from “The Assassin” or “The Prince”. We don’t even learn their names, until they give them to Lia. One is Rafe, and the other is Kaden. Once you have some names to deal with, the chapters get really intense. Lia still narrates, but we also have narration from “Rafe” and “Kaden” — which includes no details to give away which is the assassin or which is the Prince, and we still also have chapters from “The Assassin” or “The Prince”, which don’t give away names! Very frustrating because it makes it difficult to get a good sense of each of those two characters, but it does keep you reading. The last third of the book gets pretty exciting and then it just ends at a critical point and you are left to anxiously wait for the next book in the series…July 7, 2015. I will be counting the days!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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