Review | The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)Title: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co

Release Date: July 7, 2015

“Gather close, my brothers and sisters. Listen well, for there is one true history and one true future. Once upon a time, long long ago, seven stars were flung from the sky. One to shake the mountains, one to churn the seas, one to choke the air, and four to test the hearts of men.”

I’m going to preface this by saying it probably would have been a five star read if I didn’t wait a year and a half to read it after loving book one so much in January of last year. Even with me just jumping straight back in, it was so easy to reenter this world and remember why I loved all of these characters.

Things I Liked
The writing really hooks me. I pick up the book and the next thing I know, 50 pages have passed. It’s so easy to become invested and wanting to turn the page. And Pearson does an excellent job of conveying emotion. I feel each characters pain, anxiety, anger, frustration, desperation, particularly Lia’s.

I really enjoyed getting to know more about Venda and it’s citizens. They live in a harsh and fierce world, where they don’t have the luxury of innocence. Seeing how the Komizar, the council, and even Kaden operate was a much appreciated addition and added even more tension to the already complex threats between Morrighan and Delbreck.

I really appreciated getting to know Kaden more and learning his history and motiations really helped to understand why he chooses certain courses of action – even if it might not be what he wants.

Lia and Rafe’s chemistry jumps off the page and I love them together. I hope they can get out of this mess and have the happy ending they deserve.

Things I Didn’t Like
While I enjoyed getting to see what was happening in Morrighan from Pauline’s perspective, the chapters happened so infrequently I often forgot what was going on there.

The Heart of Betrayal picks up where The Kiss of Deception left off, but raises the stakes even higher as identities must be hidden and surprising alliances are formed as the larger battle between all three countries threatens to come to a head.


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