The Beauty of  Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

I finished The Remnant Chronicles! Yay! I feel like I need to read something really trashy now, to give my brain a bit of a rest. Together, there were 1635 pages in the three books. That’s a loooot of reading. 

From the blurb:

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.

This book is intense. At the start of the final novel Rafe and his soldiers have managed to escape Venda with Lia, but she is greatly weakened after almost losing her life in the river. Sorry to spoil the cliffhanger from book two, but there was no way the heroine was going to be dead. 

Rafe & Lia must now convince the rulers of Dalbreck and Morrighan to join the battle against the Komizar, before he destroys and enslaves all of the kingdoms. 

This book is a lot more political than the last book, Rafe and Lia as Royals have to put their own kingdoms ahead of anything else. Lia also feels a responsibility to the people of Venda, who don’t necessarily agree with their leader, but are fighting in his army under the threat of execution. 

In some ways it feels like the conflict between Lia and Rafe is engineered to add some interest to the plot, but on the other hand, it makes a lot of sense. I ended up rooting for them not to end up together- they have way more important things to worry about than romance, they are constantly clashing, and lets not forget that Rafe was a complete knob about Lia’s premonitions on numerous occasions. 

Overall I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads. I did have to put it down for a week and read something else before I finished the last 150 pages. I mean, 1635 pages. It’s a lot. I needed a break. 

I am glad I read the series, but I think book one really lets it down. If they got rid of the assassin/prince mystery and let the reader in on the secret it would be a much better read. Also, what the heck is the story about the remnant?!?! Gah. We’ll never know.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Stephani Xxx


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