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Review: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

For the first book to be such a challenge to get into, The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) by Mary E. Pearson, was a giant step forward in the right direction!

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

  • The Komizar – I love a really fleshed out bad guy, who’s complicated and evil in the most intense ways. The best bad guy is the one who doesn’t realize that he’s the bad guy, the one that truly believes that what he’s doing is the right thing. If you’re a fan of The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy or The Mage in Carry On, then you’ll appreciate  the Komizar too!
  • Lia’s character development – Lia was pretty strong and independent in the first book (I mean she did run away from her own royal wedding), but she came into her own fully in this book. Watching her accept her life in Venda and connect with it was really fascinating.
  • Plot – Instead of focusing on the romance and keeping Lia hidden, this book finally dove into the politics of the three kingdoms. We were able to learn more about this world itself, and how the past was connected to Lia and her Gift. You could definitely tell that this book was leading up to something really big.

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The Bad

  • Rafe – I felt that Rafe kind of had a Tamlin moment in this book. I understand that the situation was very intense and dangerous, but I don’t think it justified him becoming so controlling. He stopped trusting Lia and wouldn’t try to understand what her connection with Venda was.
  • Slow start – As was the case with the first book, The Kiss of Deception, this one was a little slow in the beginning. For the first 100 pages or so, not a whole lot happened. It wasn’t as bad as the previous book, but I feel like there was still some room for improvement there.

I know I was a little hesitant to continue this series after my struggle with the first book, I am really glad that I stuck with it. This book definitely grabbed my attention and made me hungry to see what was going to happen next. And really, what else can you ask for in a book?

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars


What are your thoughts on this book? Do you agree or disagree with me?

7 thoughts on “Review: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

  1. Whew, I’m so glad to hear this. Kiss of Deception was (in my experience) agonizing for the first majority, and intriguing for the latter bit. Knowing that the sequel focuses less on the romance goes a long way to sell the book to me. Also this:

    “The best bad guy is the one who doesn’t realize that he’s the bad guy, the one that truly believes that what he’s doing is the right thing.”

    Sign me up. =D

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    1. Yeah, this book starts off a little slow as well as it introduces you to Venda to get you invested in the kingdom and it’s people, but then finally picks up the pace after about 100 or so pages. And while the romance is still there (sorry! 😁), it definitely develops and changes in a way that makes it much deeper than portrayed in the first book.
      Haha yes! I hope you enjoy the Komizar as much as I did! If you like The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy, then I think you’ll appreciate the Komizar as well. I find them to be quite similar.

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