The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #3)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Summary: Lia has survived Venda-but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.
With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier-as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.
In this heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.
My Thoughts: A Solid Conclusion To The Remnant Chronicles!
As with the sequel, Beauty Of Darkness character development and world building are definitely the highlights of this novel!
The historical texts weaved throughout the trilogy, come full circle and even more backstory is given on the three kingdoms, which really ties together the trilogy as a whole.
Lia undertakes her role as a queen and in doing so, becomes immersed in the politics of not only her kingdom (Morrighan) but also the strategies of war to prepare for the final battle between the Komizar.
I loved that Lia was able to return to her Kingdom and make things right with her people + show her parents what a powerful leader she could be!
Kaden continues to reveal more about his past (especially his father) and becomes unsure of where his relationship with Lia is headed.
Sadly there were some issues I had with this final novel:
Pacing/Length: With the wonderful pacing of book 2, Beauty Of Darkness really dragged and the story suffered for me because of it.
Along the lines of pacing, there were many moments in terms of plot that I felt really didn’t add much to the novel + felt quite forced.
-The extended lengths of time prepping for the battle. When they first get to an outpost, it of course makes sense with the plot + perfectly fine when Lia returns to her kingdom! However, the rest of the novel (up until the final/ending) just felt like it was them in the palace & I personally felt there wasn’t much going on plot-wise, besides character development + Lia/Rafe development.
I’m still not sure how I feel about Kaden+Pauline 😥 Towards the end I was liking their relationship a lot more, but the way their relationship started felt a little forced to me considering all the Lia+Kaden development from Heart Of Betrayal!
Regardless of those issues:
Continuing with the plot, the final battle between the Komizar & Lia was fast-paced & I honestly had no clue how it would end!
Considering Lia/Rafe’s uncertainty’s about their relationship I loved how he came to visit her in Venda with Kaden & the others at the end!