The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #2)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Summary: 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.
**NOTE: Upon reflection, I’ve lowered my rating to 3 stars
My Thoughts: Character development is at the core of this story and leads to an ending that will leave you wanting the final installment right away!
While I did enjoy The Kiss Of Deception, there were aspects in the characters/world-building that felt lacking and just weren’t clicking with me. However, Heart Of Betrayal changes it all!
While the romance kept The Kiss Of Deception interesting, the sequel reveals there is much more at stake and the romance is not at the center this time around.Which definitely left tons of room for character development/world-building.
Lia, now seen as a traitor and held prisoner in Kaden’s territory of Venda, she gets introduced to the leader, Komizar who from his first introduction, is revealed to be quite a political mastermind.
Throughout this book we come to know more about the enemy territory of Venda and learn its not all it seems. Similar to Lia, I grew to love Venda throughout the course of this story.
I was given so much insight into the politics, people, and struggles much more than the previous territories mentioned in book 1.
As Lia plots her escape, she can’t help but grow attached to Venda and in doing so, the people come to adore her! Even those in Sanctum Hall. However, the Komizar is there at every turn to gain more power and believes using Lia is the only way to get there.
The pacing was never dull and with each +every moment I felt gave more insight into the overall plot + came to learn so much more about the world + even Lia’s gift!
More back story is given to Kaden (his father & his childhood) and in turn, gives Lia’s relationship with him much more development as well!
+ I think it was hinted at by Lia that Kaden seemed to be showing signs of the “Gift”! I’m definitely interested to see where that leads in The Beauty Of Darkness!
Rafe & Lia work out heir issues after knowing each other’s identities and in turn, develop in secret a plan to escape when the Komizar reveals that he wants to marry Lia. However, trouble arises when Lia sees the marriage as the only way she can truly establish a life for herself (considering she is now seen as a traitor by her own kingdom).
**Now onto Major Spoilers**
When the Komizar kills Aster, from there towards the end, those pages were so stressful!
I had no clue what would happen next + when Lia & Rafe finally escaped, I had no idea Kaden would end up staying in Venda!!
+ With all the backstory given on Komizar + the burden with being given that title, I did not expect for him to die because of Lia in this book!
Overall a spectacular sequel! Development in every way from characters, to politics and world-building establishes a lot for book 3 & I cannot wait to see how Lia’s story concludes in Beauty Of Darkness!