The Remnant Chronicles: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I’ve been buying a lot of trilogies so far this year, as well as lots of books in general. I like the idea of trilogies, but it’s a lot of time to invest, especially if you have other commitments. 

I decided to bite the bullet and start The Remnant Chronicles this week. 

From the blurb: 

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.

Lia is quite tomboyish, as far as princesses go, and prefers to spend her time with her three older brothers. As the first daughter, she is expected to have “The Gift”; at 17 years old Lia hasn’t shown any signs of being able to see future events, so her father decides to arrange her marriage with the prince of a neighbouring country to secure an alliance.

Lia can’t bear the thought of being used this way, and having no say over her own life. The night before the wedding she runs away with her faithful servant Pauline to Terravin. 

Unbeknownst to Lia she has been tracked by two men, one an assassin and the other the prince she was supposed to marry. Lia is drawn to both men. Will she lose her heart to the man who was sent to kill her?

I really wanted to love this series. I’ve heard great things about The Remnant Chronicles, but I found this book so difficult to get into. It took me 5 days to finish it, which is more than twice my usual reading speed!

The chapters are told from the alternating perspectives of Lia, The Assassin, The Prince, Rafe and Kayden. The reader knows that the Prince & the Assassin are Rafe and Kayden, but you don’t know which is which until the final third of the book. 

The intention behind this deliberate ambiguity is to intrigue the reader, but it just made it difficult for me to understand what was going on, and put the characters feelings into context.

Also, I still don’t really know what the remnant is, the purpose of the first daughter, or why the three countries in the book are at war. 

I’m hoping that the second book provides a lot more exposition. I gave the book 3 stars, because it was interesting and well written, but it just didn’t grab me. 

Let me know if you’ve read this series in the comments below.

Stephani Xxx


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