The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, Book 1) by Mary E. Pearson
Synopsis: She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
About the Author: Mary E. Pearson is the author of many novels for teens, including the popular Jenna Fox trilogy and the New York Times bestselling Remnant Chronicles. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance
More Info: paperback, 492 pages, published by Henry Holt on July 8, 2014
This book was great! I regret not having picked up this series until now. I saw the hype for the release of the third and final book, The Beauty of Darkness, so I decided to give The Remnant Chronicles a chance. I am happily surprised.
The writing is almost haunting in a way: very poised, descriptive, and . . . real.
The second half of the book was amazing, and definetly worth the trek through the first part to get there. The slow beginning and drawn out festival is my main reason for not giving this book 5 stars. The start caught my attention, but it dragged on afterward, waiting for drama and having minor action/movement.
Running away from her own wedding, with very little thought for the consequences, marks Lia as bold and maybe melodramatic. However, seeing her in her role as a barmaid and seeing her take on the Assassin in the second half, bring her into new light. She is fierce and protective. Her encounters with the Vendens and the vagabonds are incredible, and she is obviously respected – not just for her position as a princess.
There are heart-wrenching scenes (possibly triggering) in this book that certainly caught my attention, and Lia’s reactions only heighten them. Certain aspects, like identity and death, created twists and turns that gave this book life and interest.
There are traditions, myth, well-developed characters, rich world-building, political intrigue, secrets, and fluid identity. Sadly, there is a love-triangle of sorts and insta-love, but I honestly didn’t mind. The cliffhanger is there, but book 2 is readily available.
DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? YES!
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