Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles), The

Mary E. Pearson
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia's life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight-but she doesn't-and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom-to a prince she has never met.On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive-and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets-even as she finds herself falling in love. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-10-06

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

I purchased the entire trilogy from Target and I am happy that I did. I don't have any issues with the (some call it) love triangle in this story. It doesn't really seem to be one in my opinion but I can see why others may have an issue with it. I love the main character, Lia. She is strong willed and passionate. She is a caring person and I can relate to her. I got a little teary-eyed when she assisted a boy assassin with the task of killing his dying horse. I think in the end I am happy with the guy she ended up having feelings for. I think she made a good choice. I will admit the book started off a little slow for the first part of her getting ready for the wedding but once her and her ladies maid, Pauline, took off for a new life the book began picking up it's pace.

I wish more introductions were given to the majority of side characters and the backstories regarding the folklore for this kingdom. Instead the author put in filler pages that provided some philosophic prophecies that were cryptic and short. After a while I ended up skimming these pages because they didn't make sense to me and were never explained. I liked the trials that Lia went through during this book and how I was able to see the insight of her thoughts. The way that the author jumps between prospectives of our main three characters was done well and kept the story engaging. I am not sure what time period this book is supposed to be in but I kept getting 17th century vibes. All in all I really liked the book and I am eager to start the next book in the series.


(Spoilers ahead)

There were a couple of things that threw me off and ultimately dropped down the rating for me. First one being was during Chapter 6 when Pauline and Lia were in their new land, Terravain and they were bonding more with their new life, they were discussing "first kisses". The subject of Pauline's beau, Mikael had come up and she gave the impression that she never kissed him. Yet, in a few chapters later we find out that Pauline is pregnant (in later chapters to find out that it is Mikael's baby). So if she's never kissed anyone before, how can she be pregnant? And the opposite spectrum, if that was not the case then why would she lie to Lia about that? To me, that just didn't make sense. Also, for some reason, the characters would not openly talk about Pauline's pregnancy. I mean even Lia to herself during her reflection time wouldn't come out and say, "with child" or "pregnant". Everyone else would just say things like, "Pauline was ready to start preparing for life", "I felt movement in her stomach", "Pauline retched up her entire morning meal". Well, as the reader we know what this all means but it was weird that the characters wouldn't say it. Not sure why? Next, the little snippets of psalms or poems or songs, whatever they were, in-between chapters coming from texts from Gaudrel and Venda and Morrighan were very confusing because no reference to them were in the story it was only towards the end that I was able to get more insight into what these ancient texts were. But while reading it was very confusing and I didn't understand who was talking to whom and what child they were referencing.

Reviewed: 2019-07-02
This book was so good! I loved the way that it was written! The identities of Kaden and Rafe were kept a mystery until almost the very end. I’m very sad to say though, I totally guessed wrong on who was the assassin and who was the prince. It’s okay though because I was happier with the out come!
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