Title: The Heart of Betrayal+
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publish Date/Publisher: July 7, 2015/Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover – Library
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Fantasy
Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
!Synopsis May Contain Spoilers!
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.
The Heart of Betrayal was beautifully written, dragging me in immediately. I could not put it down at all. We get to meet some great new characters, who all have their own stories, each one different and unique. We also get to know more about the characters from the first book, making me love them even more!
We get a lot of background on the kingdom of Venda, which was very interesting to learn about, making me feel like I was walking the streets right next to Lia. We occasionally got to hear about what was going on in Morrighan through Pauline’s point of view, which was really insightful and helped the story grow. Both Kaden and Rafe had great POVs, allowing me to really feel for them, fall in love with them, and learn with them. Some characters I did not like so much, but that is, of course, personal preference.
Towards the end, it got really fast-paced, leaving me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for the third novel to come out, as I am sure it will be a wonderful ending to the trilogy. I did cry quite a few times.I enjoy being in the world of The Remnant Chronicles, and never want to let it go. Mary E. Pearson has captivating writing and beautiful words.
Five out of five stars to The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson.