Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Posted September 7, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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

by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Pages: 470
Published on July 7th 2015
by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Also by this author: The Kiss of Deception

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.

5 Stars

This is a spoiler-free review for both books in the series! You should view this more as a written book-pushing than a review.

THIS IS THE PERFECT FANTASY NOVEL. Literally, from start to finish it is utterly perfect. I read and loved The Kiss of Deception but I LOVED The Heart of Betrayal. I need you, as well as everyone you know, to start this series yesterday. IT IS THAT GOOD.

This series could be summed up as follows: Princess is engaged to Prince. Runs away. Prince chases her. Assassin chases her. Love or loyalty? LOTS of deception. A dash or two of betrayal! Swoons!


  1. The main character is strong and smart! She does what needs to be done for the people she loves and she doesn’t let difficulties cloud her vision.
  2. This book just gets better! Literally, it is perfection and it flowed easily from the first book.
  3. The multiple POVs are SO necessary and wonderfully executed.
  4. SWOONS. I swooned more than I did in The Burning Sky and Titus is my standard for swoons. So… there’s that.
  5. Mary’s words are everything. (Quotes to follow)
  6. Can you say OTP?
  7. The side characters are all amazing. I would read an entire series for EVERY SINGLE side character. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
  8. You get to see so many different sides, it really makes the story complete.
  9. New characters get added flawlessly without forgetting about the other characters.
  10. In this book, we get to see a whole new aspect of world building and it was brilliant. Mary is a wizard, y’all. 
  11. It always makes sense. The tasks that need to get done, why people are doing things, it always. makes. sense!
  12. The stakes for the last book are crazy and I can’t wait to see how it all ends!
  14. You’ll get sucked in.
  15. This series is gonna break your feels but IT’S WORTH IT.


“I wanted him desperately and completely.”


“The prince has grand dreams.”

“It is worth it to have any other kind?”


“Do you always take such an intimate interest in your prince’s affairs?”

“Do you always dance with the girl you plan to murder?”


“Now I understood why Sven preferred soldering to love. It was easier to understand and far less likely to get you killed.”


“This was something I’d never been trained for. There were no military strategies or drills to prepare me for the daily torment of not killing someone.”


Go read it. 🙂



About Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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2 responses to “Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

  1. Liza, what a FANTASTIC REVIEW! This novel is outstanding. I was on the edge of my seat and basically stressed out in all the very best ways! Gah! I NEED book 3!!!! xx

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