Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal  - Mary E. PearsonPublisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (July 7th 2015)
Paperback: 470 pages
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s 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 barbarians. Now that she lives amongst 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.


Disclaimer: I really liked this book. That being said, for a 470 page book, I feel like nothing really happened??!

The story starts off where it left off in The Kiss of Deception, Lia, Kaden, and Rafe all in the kingdom of Vendan. The entire book is mostly getting a better history and understanding of Venda and the stories that goes with the kingdoms, some political intrigue and Lia (and Rafe) planning their escape. There was a bit more action at the end (and only a tiny cliffhanger! By tiny, I mean, it’s still big, but seemly not as terrible as the first one…)

Lets talk about the characters! (and the romance!) The characters are definitely what makes this book awesome. Lia totally bumped up a notch in The Heart of Betrayal! She was still a bit naive, but she took her angry and frustration, rolled into a ball, ate it, and straight up blew fire (that probably didn’t make any sense – she was bad ass, that’s what I’m trying to say). It was wonderful.

“Apologize.” His fingers dug into my thigh beneath the table.

I looked back at the governor. “I beg your forgiveness, Your Eminence. I would not truly feed your face to the hogs. It might make them sick.”


Seriously, Lia is so sassy in this. I love it. She really learns to use the skills that she has to survive and plays her hands pretty well.

Rafe is still fantastic and surprisingly (only because I usually only pick one favourite guy in a “love traingle”) I really liked Kaden in this book (I feel for you ya man). More about them in the romance section. We’re also introduce to a bunch of new characters. There’s Astrid; the little girl is just the bestest friend you could ever ask, I just adored her soooo much. And there’s the Komizar, who was an interesting bad guy. I can’t excuse him for the terrible things he did, but I can see where it comes from and how he to the point of no return. And there’s Calantha, the mysterious one. She both helps and hinders Lia, and I need to know more about her!

Oh the romance. Okay there’s basically no love triangle in this book, because it’s pretty evident who Lia picks. Spoiler alert. She picks Rafe. I seriously feel bad for Kaden, though. The guy just can’t catch a break! I’m curious how Pearson will play out this not-romance, but I’d really like for Kaden to be happy, too. And some bromance between Rafe and Kaden. That would be nice, ha. Rafe!! The guy knows how to make Lia swoon. And I like them as a couple, they can be so cute!

“I suppose if we’re going to fall in love all over again, kissing will be part of it.”

They actually only really get a few stolen moments, and I hope their relationship really develops more in the next book. (Also crazy stuff is going next book!)

His lips traveled to my neck. “It was worth it, Lia,” he said. “Every mile, every day. I’d do it again. I’d chase you across three continents if that’s what it took to be with you.”

Aristocats - how romantic

Overall, the Heart of Betrayal was a good sequel. Still a lot of deception, and throw in some manipulation (and betrayal!) too and you’ve got an intense game of survival. No mixed feels about this one, this is gouda! Next book, please!

“We had a terrible start… doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.”

Oh, here’s more bad ass Lia!

“Let me make this perfectly clear to you. Though some might seek to make it appear otherwise, I am not a bride to be bartered away to another kingdom, not a prize of war, not a mouthpiece for your Komizar. I am not a chip in a card game to be mindlessly tossed into the center of the pot, nor one to be kept in the tight fist of a greedy opponent. I am a player seated at the table alongside everyone else, and from this day forward, I will play my own hand as I see fit. Do you understand me? Because the consequences could be ugly if someone thought otherwise.”

{Thanks to Henry Hold & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

PS. Here’s my review for The Kiss of Deception if you’re interested!


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson”

  1. I think I am going to have to pass on this series..I have added and removed Kiss of Deception from my wishlist 100 times now, and I am not sure I want to invest all that time, despite some of the elements and qualities you mentioned.

    1. That’s too bad. It’s an enjoyable series, but I know we don’t have time to read everything we want! Thanks for stopping by (:

  2. I love the sound of Lia’s character, she sounds totally kick ass and fun! Even though there’s a heavy love triangle in this one I like how it continues on with the political intrigue and world building. Great review Cyn!

    1. She really kicked it up a notch in this book, haha. I really felt the love triangle wasn’t too bad in this one since it’s pretty obvious who Lia likes, but yyeah loves of deception still. Thanks, Jeann!

  3. I so want to know more about Venda – so this has me truly excited, and of course more time with Lia, Rafe and Kaden. I laughed when I saw bromance (Captain Kirk and Spock are my favorites in that dept) and I would love some fun interaction between these two hot heads. I’m so looking forward to seeing Lia’s sass too.
    Lovely review, Cyn 🙂

    1. I totally want more bromance! There hasn’t been much, but we can hope!
      Hope you enjoy it! Thanks, Kim!

  4. I agree about your disclaimer! Kind of like an in and out thing, with Venda. But whatever, as long as certain things transpire between Rafe and Lia and RAFE AND LIA ONLY ;D Excellent review, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. HAHA yesss! Can’t wait for the next book!
      Thanks, Alyssa!

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