The Heart of Betrayal

Title: The Heart of Betrayal
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, book 2/3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: July 7, 2015

Note: This post reviews the second book of the The Remnant Chronicles. You may like to read the first book in the series, The Kiss of Deception, before reading this review. 

Mild spoilers.

This first book left us with Lia and Rafe being taken captive in the kingdom of Venda. Lia has discovered that Rafe, the man she has fallen in love with, is the very same prince she jilted on her wedding day. Lia feels betrayed by Rafe, who knew she was his betrothed all along.
In an attempt to spare her life, Kaden presents Lia to the Komizar, the cruel ruler of Venda, claiming that she has the gift – a sort of magical power that has been passed down through the royalty of Morrighan. The Komizar is intrigued by Lia, and allows her to live as his prisoner, degrading her at every chance he gets. He is not convinced that Lia does in fact have the gift, but he thinks she could yet be useful to the kingdom in other ways.
At this point, we have all three men in the story interested in Lia, each for his own reason. Rafe and Lia love each other in a complicated way; Kaden loves Lia, but Lia does not feel the same way; and Lia despises the Komizar, who begins to see that if they were to wed, it would be a hugely advantageous war strategy. 
I loved this sequel to The Kiss of Deception and I recommend it for young adult fantasy readers.
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