The Heart of Betrayal: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Two (The Remnant Chronicles, 2) Paperback – 2 August 2016
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Praise for The Remnant Chronicles:
A New York Times Bestselling Series
“It’s rare that the second book in a series is as good―or perhaps better―than the first, but that’s the case here.” ―Booklist, starred review, for The Heart of Betrayal
“A heart-pounding sequel that fantasy fans will appreciate.” ―School Library Journal for The Heart of Betrayal
“Fantastical.” ―USA Today for The Kiss of Deception
“A sumptuous fantasy.” ―Chicago Tribune for The Kiss of Deception
“In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world.” ―VOYA for The Kiss of Deception
"Pearson (the Jenna Fox Chronicles) is off to an extraordinary start with her fantasy series, the Remnant Chronicles, creating an alluring world and romance that's ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore and Megan Whalen Turner." ―Publishers Weekly for The Kiss of Deception
About the Author
Mary E. Pearson is the author of The New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chornicles and other bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams.
Pearson studied art at Long Beach State University, and worked as an artist before earning her teaching credentials at San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
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- Item Weight : 363 g
- ISBN-10 : 1250080029
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250080028
- Dimensions : 13.92 x 2.46 x 21.08 cm
- Paperback : 496 pages
- Publisher : Square Fish; Reprint edition (2 August 2016)
- Reading level : 14 - 18 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even after all the ‘deceptions’ and ‘lies’, Lia forgives Rafe. He too loves her and can’t see her get hurt. On the other hand, Kaden has confused feelings for Lia (we obviously know he loves her but he is too terrified to admit..) and he doesn’t seem to know what the hell is wrong with him. To be honest, this trio definitely created shipping wars. We couldn’t even figure out where is this going. Although, Kaden went through some drastic character development, I still wish he consulted a doctor. I mean, seriously what kind of a puppy even does that..?
*Kaden had more chill than Rafe’s libido.*
I didn’t like Rafe/Lia’s relationship. They were in love and going through a difficult time, but Rafe was jealous about Lia and Kaden even though they planned on escaping together. Lia had to fight Rafe about him being jealous rather than calm his ‘insecurities’. They really looked very stupid fighting for no reason which led to a lot of people losing their interest and not shipping them
And then another person was forced inside this book heating up the already burning sexual tension between the three. Komizar, it seems was interested in Lia; more than interested actually. I liked how it fired up energy in Kaden and that is when we were all sure what that feeling was that Babe Kaden was going through. I seriously love Kaden in this book but was really sad when he like a foolish person started drowning all my fantasies.
*I seriously wanted Rafe for once to just jump from a cliff so that Kaden can save Lia and be the hero. HAPPILY EVER AFTER*
All my dreams were destroyed when this book ended at an undecided cliff hanger.(Yes, I know).
Overall, I think that the book was really well written and the description was amazing. It kept me engrossed until the very end and I’ll give it 4.5/5 stars.
(THESE REVIEWS ARE MY POINT OF VIEWS, AND YOUR OPINIONS MIGHT BE VARYING FROM MINE)
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One of my favourite things about this series so far is how vast the world building is. With over 10 kingdoms, individual dialects and unique world building for each kingdom this trilogy is just epic in proportion. The level of attention to detail is incredible when you imagine how much planning and creativity goes in to appropriately wielding something so detailed, and Mary E Pearson absolutely nails this.
The Heart of Betrayal sees Lia and Rafe as prisoners in Venda. Venda is very different to Lia's idyllic home, built from rubble and filled with the grim determination and grit of its people. The harshness of the Vendan language compared to that of the lyrical and breathy previous kingdoms is just one small example of how much thought has gone in to making each character and each piece of this puzzle unique. It was so much fun exploring Venda with Lia, particularly as it is actually traversed quite far, whilst Lia figures out a way to hopefully escape from her captor: The Komizar.
In Venda, the Komizar rules with kindness, but is anything but kind. He is such an interesting villain; determined to keep Lia under his control to further his political agenda, whilst offering pleasantries and wanted rewards. He makes for a really great antagonist actually, set apart from the archetypal creation. Lia is also unrelentingly a step ahead of him which made for great interactions, but as the Komizar begins to understand the people most important to Lia she has to learn to bide her time to protect the people she loves.
What I don't like so much is that the love triangle between Lia, Rafe and the Komizar's assassin Kaden remains for the vast majority of this book. I wouldn't mind so much, but she absolutely picks the wrong guy! I typically hate love triangles, but somehow Pearson even gets this mostly right with the exception of both men having an instant and persistent attraction to Lia which detracts somewhat from the mature themes of the remainder of the novel.
I hoped that Lia's gift might be more of a focus in The Heart of Betrayal than it turned out to be, and I felt that at times the pacing was a little more sluggish with multiple chapters feeling like padding rather than progression. However, I love this series and, more than anything, I so appreciate that this book has a plethora of complex characters; I could live in this book all day.
The Heart of Betrayal is the enjoyable sequel to The Kiss of Deception and while predictable it was a fast read and I did not want to put it down. That being said, like the previous book not much happens and there is too many pages for the amount of story in it. It is still really romance heavy and while it did feature some of the politics of Verda there was not much magic and fantasy elements to it. However, it was nice that we got to see Verda and its people, and it is hard not to feel sorry for them, even if we did not see much of what was happening outside this nation.
Lia is playing a dangerous game in this book, especially as she is quite impulsive, but also she has grown and shows compassion to the people of Verda. Rafe is clever, sometimes idealistic and has to learn to control his anger and repress who he truly is to survive. Although it is annoying, and makes a bit of a dull story, that both of them were waiting to be rescued rather than being proactive and trying to escape themselves. We learn more about Kaden past, which makes me feel sorry for him even though I did get annoyed at his unwavering loyalty to the Komizar.
I did like this book but it did not really improve on the first book, and I am worried that the third book The Beauty of Darkness will have the same problems as the rest of the series. I would recommend The Heart of Betrayal to fans of the first novel The Kiss of Deception.
I enjoyed The Heart of Betrayal more than the first book. It was action packed and thrilling. It left me wanting to know more about of what Lia’s destiny holds for her, as written in the Song of Venda. And it left me thinking about the story a lot after I finished it, making theories about what would happen in the third book. This didn’t happen after The Kiss of Deception, even though it was a very enjoyable read. So that’s improvement!
I loved how Lia grew so strong and embraced the Vendan costumes. Her character development was amazing and so was Kaden’s. After the first couple of pages I shipped Kaden and Lia HARD.
I loved to get to know more of Kaden’s past and how he feels, I’m glad he confided in Lia. He was a surprise though, I’m curious to know what his future will be like and how it envols Lia; because I refuse to believe they won’t end up together after everything I read *SPOILER AHEAD* and especially because Kaden has the gift like Lia and this is what he saw: “Not now. I saw us a long time from now. I had a baby in my arms.” FEELS OVERLOAD I can seriously imagine this and I hope it happens!! *END OF SPOILER*
I actually quite liked the Komizar as a villain. I think there was more to him than that cold indifferent exterior he showed. But I hated what he did to Aster.
The ending was a bit disappointing to me because that’s not how I was expecting things to go but my opinion might be a bit biased in this subject due to my opinion towards Rafe. I liked him in the first book but mostly because I thought he was the bad boy… In The Heart of Betrayal I just found him a bit lacking and boring. Just like his relationship with Lia, but that’s just my opinion.
I really recommend this book. I can’t wait for The Beauty of Darkness! I need to know what happened to Kaden!
Okay so Lia was totally badass in this book but it was all very predictable.
I loved Aster and the children so much, they really made this book for me.
I am now very interested as to what is going to happen to Venda as a response to the ending.
Overall this book was rather average, but I feel as though it has definitely set up for an interesting final book!
Lia, Rafe, Kaden and the Komizar make such amazing characters, each one distinctly unique in their own way. I loved the character development and how Pearson provided us with a much bigger picture of the Vendan lifestyle and Kaden's world. Even Lia, despite her hatred and need for vengeance, comes to understand them a little more and finds a sort of kinship with some of the people in Venda.
What really grips you about this series are the unexpected, unpredictable twists and turns. I was so sure at the beginning of the book of how this was going to end, only to find myself completely blindsided by an even more amazing ending! Lia is such a strong and feisty heroine, you can't help but root for her and love her. She is a great princess, and a great protagonist to the series. You rarely see her complaining and whining as female heroines are wont to do in books. I also appreciated and thoroughly respected her character for not doubting Rafe or mistrusting him at any point. She allowed her love for him to rise above any doubts and suspicions she may have had for him. After all, he did spend the better part of the first book lying and deceiving her. And then in this book, he spends the entirety of it pretending to be the Prince's emissary and doing a darn good job of it. So she had every reason to distrust and let doubt cloud her judgment. She didn't though, and for that I am grateful as it would have created unnecessary drama, when there were much more important things to worry about (i.e. defeating the evil Komizar and escaping).
When Lia realizes that Rafe is waiting for his crew of 6 people to arrive in order to make their escape, she is disheartened. Six men against thousands? What chance do they have? And yet, she continues to trust him, even though it doesn't look like they were arriving anytime soon - until they do. And when they do, it is superbly entertaining to watch their attempts at blending in and meeting Lia for the first time.
I don't know that I liked Kaden so much in this book. I did enjoy the big reveal of his past and how he became the Assassin, but I don't think his character is as engrossing as that of Lia, Rafe and the Komizar. However, the distinction between Rafe and Kaden's chracters in The Heart of Betrayal was very evident. In The Kiss of Deception, we spend the entire book guessing who is who with their characters intertwining and meshing together so you can't really tell one from the other. Pearson succeeds in making that distinction clear in this book, allowing each character to develop independently of the other and allowing Lia to connect with each one separately and for different reasons.
The Komizar, on the other hand, was such an interesting villain. The way Pearson created him and brought him to life is absolutely brilliant. He is a villain that you almost want to see redeemed, even though you know it's not going to happen. There were many moments where I found myself thinking, could he possibly redeem himself? But then I think back to all the things he's done and is still doing and take it back immediately.
And the way Lia connects with the Vendan people and creates such loyalty in them, when she was the number one sworn enemy is spectacular to watch. Add to that the Komizar's proposition and you have yourself quite the conundrum.
Man oh man, the ending is insane. That's all I could possibly say about that. I cannot believe I need to wait another year before I find out what happens and how everything ends.