Not even a week has gone by since my review of The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) was published, but I am already saying goodbye to Mary E. Pearson’s ‘The Remnant Chronicles’ series.
Yes, you read that right, today’s review is on ‘The Remnant Chronicles’ concluding novel, The Beauty of Darkness, and boy do I have some feelings.
Did The Beauty of Darkness leave me feelings satisfied by the end to Lia, Rafe, and Kaden’s story? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt (August 2, 2016)
Print Length: 470 pages
Audiobook Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.
With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.
In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.
The Beauty of Darkness is a stunning ending to an eloquently rich fantasy series that will leave you craving more long after the last page has been finished.
Taking place directly following the events of The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness follows Lia, Rafe, Kaden, and Pauline in a race against the clock to save Dalbreck, Civica, and themselves from enemies on all sides.
For her conclusion, Pearson held nothing back in terms of plot for The Beauty of Darkness. She continued to build on worlds only mentioned in previous installments, specifically the anger of Dalbreck and the forgiveness of Civica. I am also happy to say that my previous apprehensiveness of the inclusion of Lia’s ‘gift’ was appeased. Not only did Pearson develop the gift, she also made it substantial to the finale.
As for the characters Pearson did each of the right with just a hint more character growth throughout The Beauty of Darkness. Besides becoming more in tune with her gift, Lia straight up became the princess who didn’t need to be saved by the knight in shining armour, a huge difference from the girl who set out to find love in The Kiss of Deception. Pauline became a whole lot more important as The Beauty of Darkness unfolded, and yet, following the events of the book I’ve firmly decided that she didn’t necessarily need to have her own chapters to be an important secondary character. I can genuinely say that I am over the moon about the ending to Kaden’s story. He deserved everything he got and I hope that if Pearson revisits any of the characters from ‘The Remnant Chronicles’ it is him. Finally, there is Rafe. While I did find myself a tad annoyed by his protectiveness of Lia, his bravery in letting her go, despite his undying love, was a virtue that elevated his character in my mind.
Overall, if you are looking for a fantasy series to absolutely break you, only to put you back together again with its last chapter, please do yourself a favour and check out this series. While I can’t guarantee it, if you have reading tastes like mine I can say with some confidence that you will not be disappointed.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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And that is my review for Mary E. Pearson’s The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3). Have you read any well loved fantasy series? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.