Review: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. PearsonThe Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 679
Source: Edelweiss
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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 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.




You may recognized this gif. from my review of the first book in the series, unfortunately after a strong sequel, the mixed feelings have returned in the finale. Sigh.

The story starts off where the cliffhanger ending left off. I enjoyed the beginning of the book as they made their trek out of Verenda. I loved Rafe and his boys. Lia was still doing pretty good. There were some funny moments. And there’s some adorable and romantic moments between Rafe and Lia that I really enjoyed, too.

He licked his thumb and rubbed it across my chin, as if that made a difference, then smiled. “There. Perfect. Just the way you are.”

“You smudged my dirt,” I said, feigning irritation.

At some point however, Lia became too much for me. Lia, for all intents and purposes of this trilogy is “The Chosen One” but as the story unfolded. that’s all Lia was. I liked her in book two because she got a backbone. But in The Beauty of Darkness, everything was dependent on the fact that she was the chosen one. It was the answer to all the problems without rational reasoning.  For the most part, I still enjoyed the battles and the “epiciness” of it all, but I also got a bit bored and lost the connection with Lia.

The meadow grass rippled in the breeze. By the next day, it would be trampled. Burned. Bloody.

The romance was a bit up and down for me. Thankfully, I still loved Rafe throughout the whole book, give or take. And even Kaden kind of won me over. Though his happily ever after did seem like a cope out.

Overall, not a terrible read but also a bit of a disappointing finale, especially since book two showed me how good this trilogy could have been.

Darkness was a beautiful thing. The kiss of a shadow. A caress as soft as moonlight.

{Thanks to Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) & Edelweiss for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Mary E. Pearson

I suppose I have always been enamored with story and character. My mother tells me I could be the most annoying little kid, waking up each day as a new character. Every morning she would have to ask me "who" I was for that day, because unless properly addressed I refused to answer anyone.

Now I write full time from my home in San Diego. My books to date are The Adoration of Jenna Fox, A Room on Lorelei Street, Scribbler of Dreams, and David v. God. More are definitely on the way.


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

10 Replies to “Review: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson”

  1. sydneyeditor1 says: Reply

    This one has been recommended on a couple of blogs recently and I am in love with the cover. I didn’t realise it was the third in a series and now it SUCKS how the author tackled the “chosen one” aspect 🙁 I hoped for better.

    1. I love the covers for this series, too! I was disappointed with the ending. Book two was really good, but it might not be worth reading the whole series…

  2. Well boo. I was nervous and holding on on this one till the end..but I need more depth than the chosen one. Great review Cyn!

    1. Definitely a little frustrating when there’s no depth.
      Thanks, Kim!

  3. Mixed feelings indeed! I actually hated this book and gave it one star – sad. It wasn’t for me, despite me loving books one and two. :/ I’m glad you found some redeeming qualities in this one, Cyn! Great review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. That’s definitely too bad! I had really high hopes after book 2, but yeah, didn’t quite work out for me. Sorry this book didn’t work out for you at all!
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  4. I don’t know what to say, Cyn. The first book was a DNF for me because I hated the Lia/Rafe/Kaden love triangle. I liked the twist but I felt that the book went on and on and felt long and drawn out to me. This is why I didn’t visit the series again. I have heard that book 2 was awesome, though.

    Do you think I should revisit this series?

    1. I thought the Love Triangle would drive me insane too, but I found that it wasn’t really a triangle! I did really enjoy book 2! Hmm, that’s tough, I felt I was kinda disappointed with this ending, but if you have time it might be worth it! (Just lower expectations a bit? haha)

  5. I loved the first book but have yet to read two and three as I’ve been seeing some mixed reviews. I’m still excited over the world and hopefully it will end a great series for me, but, like you mentioned, more depth in Lia and her chosen one would have been helpful. 🙂

    1. I really enjoyed book 2. I do hope this series still works out for you!

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