Review of The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Book Review, Young Adult Books
The Heart of Betrayal

The Heart of BetrayalThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Age range: 14 and up

Grade level: 9 and up

Series: The Remnant Chronicles (Book 2)

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (July 7, 2015)

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Source: From library

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




About the Book:

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 Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar’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.


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My Thoughts:

The Heart of Betrayal is the second book in The Remnant Chronicles series.  While I liked the first book, The Kiss of Deception quite a bit, I became completely engrossed in this book. Lia and Rafe are taken captive and held prisoner in Venda, but the longer they stay there, the more complicated their situation becomes.
The characters continue to grow and change in this installment, and there is some wonderful tension and conflicts between several of them. I particularly loved the way Lia wins over the people and makes friends in the most unlikely of places. We also get to find out more about Kaden and his history, which answers some questions about him, his loyalties, and motivations.
I am VERY interested to see where the next book will take us and what developments will happen. The only problem is that it’s going to be a long wait until it comes out!
Content: Violence, language (few instances, no f-bombs), and innuendo


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  • Reply
    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    September 29, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I’m so glad you loved this one! I’ve heard fabulous things and only skimmed your review because I have yet to read it (even though it’s been sitting on my shelf since release day). I need to read this soon!

    Love the new blog, btw. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been by in a while. When did you update it?

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      September 30, 2015 at 2:59 am

      You’ll love it! It had me hooked from page one. 🙂

      I updated the blog just a few weeks ago. It’s been kind of crazy, especially with a new baby to take care of too. But I’m loving the new site.

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