While I am late to many well beloved YA novel trains today’s review is a bit surprising given my love for YA Fantasy.
The Kiss of Deception was released in 2014 and hasn’t really created a blip on my radar until last year when more than one person recommended that I pick it up as soon as possible. After a fair bit of humming and hawing I finally caved in January 2018 and read it in the span of a week.
Did The Kiss of Deception live up to that recommendation hype? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt (July 8, 2014)
Print Length: 486 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
Narrator: Emily Rankin
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
The Kiss of Deception was a wildly imaginative jaw-dropping addition to my favourite fantasy novels of all time list.
The world of Terravin is utterly breathtaking, with well thought out familiar structure and unpredictable magic. To have the first daughter be as powerful as they are in The Kiss of Deception was a bold move on Pearson’s part. I say this because Pearson then had to make sure that every influence her protagonist, Lia, came in contact with had to either keep a secret or expose the fraud. Deception is right Mrs. Pearson.
Pearson absolutely killed the character game. Lia is an absolute gem of a main character. Brave, defiant, and head strong, Lia doesn’t lose herself to the world going on around her. She knows what she wants and will do anything to get it, while also understanding the importance of friendship and the allure of romance. I loved her relationship with Pauline, who I hope has a better go of things in future novels, and I hope that she is able to evolve some more platonic relationships in both The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness.
It isn’t often that I can’t say who I want to win the love triangle war. First one of the draws of The Kiss of Deception is that the Prince and the Assassin are written in a way in which the reader doesn’t know which is which. Second, both the prince and the assassin have their problems. One set out to confront Lia and the other set out to kill her, but both lied about their motives only to find that they couldn’t do what they had initially intended. I think what I want to say is that both are incredibly flawed but have enough insight to realize they are flawed and want to do anything they can to be there for Lia. Good luck girl, I do not envy you.
I was absolutely distraught over the ending of this book. Lia and the assassin witness a massacre of a small group of soldiers at the hands of a larger Vendans army and Lia decides it is her mission to bury each and every one of the fallen. Besides crying ugly tears I understand why Pearson chose to make this her ending. Each of the main characters goes through a metamorphosis as a result of the massacre which allows the reader a hint of what is to come.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And that is my review for Mary E. Pearson’s The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1). Have you read any well loved fantasy series? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.