Beauty of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles: Book Three, The

Mary E. Pearson
The third and final book in the New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles.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 heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy that started with The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, 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. New York Times-bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance, and action makes this a riveting YA page-turner for teens.Read all of The Remnant Chronicles:The Kiss of DeceptionThe Heart of BetrayalThe Beauty of DarknessPraise for The Remnant Chronicles:A New York Times Bestselling Series“Readers will be gripping pages from the nerve-wracking start through the heart-stopping ending. . . . Pearson's Remnant Chronicles is an epic YA series to get behind.” ―Romantic Times on The Beauty of Darkness“Fantastical.” ―USA Today for The Kiss of Deception“A sumptuous fantasy.” ―Chicago Tribune for The Kiss of Deception“In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world.” ―VOYA for The Kiss of Deception

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-10-06

*** TRIGGER WARNING: Animal abuse/cruelty (in the context of war & battles) ***

What a fantastic finale to a great trilogy. Each book just kept getting so much more interesting and more involved then the previous one. The character development in this series is beyond expectations. I enjoyed every minute with these characters and watched how they grew and interacted with others to be the best that they were meant to be. While I will admit that my interest and respect for Rafe diminished over the series, my admiration for Lia and Kaden only grew. I felt that the strongest characters of the trio were Lia and Kaden. While they both received their happily ever after's in the end, it wasn't completely the one that I wanted for them by the third book. In my opinion, Rafe's character as a person and as a leader was disgraceful towards Lia. He would undermine her and disrespect her as a person and as an equal while around other people. Yet, behind closed doors he was sweet and charming and lovey-dovey. To me these are the traits of a manipulative person and not one that should be idealized as romantic. I did see that the author was trying to give Rafe some semblance of redemption (in a way) towards the end to help with the relationship development between him and Lia. While I am satisfied overall with the outcome, I feel that I would have been much happier if Ms. Pearson would have gone in a different direction regarding the love story. As of the start of this book, I had official changed my tune and am now Team Kaden all the way.

As mentioned previously there are some examples, while minor but still prevalent, of horses that are being killed or hurt in some way or fashion. She did this as examples of war and battling as well as to show cruelty from the villain. While all that is understandable, I don't feel that it needed to be presented throughout the entire series. Made me sad. In total, I found three grammatical errors/typos, which was a bit of a let down. But other than that, I experienced stronger writing as the trilogy progressed. Ms. Pearson knows how to write characters and story plot lines to keep her audience engaged. She is very creative in her approach to presenting adventure and creating a mystery for her readers. Building character bonds and alliances was something that I appreciated from her throughout this series. I am very happy that I picked this trilogy up and am looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Pearson.

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