The highly-anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson will leave readers anxious for the next installment in Lia’s epic story.
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.
The Heart of Betrayal was not as easily captivating to me as The Kiss of Deception (perhaps because there was no big mystery reveal to anticipate?) — and the story was slow for much of the book. (It also probably didn’t help that the book does very little to jog the reader’s mind about things that took place in Book 1. Having been a year since reading Kiss of Deception — and being old — I had a hard time remember a lot that happened.) That being said, I’m still eager for the third book in The Remnant Chronicles.
Despite a relatively slow pace, the book reveals many new layers to Lia’s world — including a secret conspiracy that will change everything to come next. And when it comes to a climactic ending, The Heart of Betrayal does not disappoint. The action really culminates in the book’s final scenes — and BOY HOWDY, is it intense … right up to a very cruel cliffhanger of an ending.
The Heart of Betrayal is in stores July 7th.