Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - ADVISABLE

Pearson, Mary E.  The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2), 470 pgs.  Henry Holt & Company, 2015.  $18.99  Content: Language: PG-13 (24 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.  

Lia, the Princess of Morgan, is a captive in the hostile land of Venda.  Kaden, a boy she thought she could trust, is the assassin for Venda and has brought Lia as a bargaining chip for their kingdom before the Komizar, Venda’s ruthless leader.  Although the Komizar doesn’t like Lia, he sees the value she can bring to his kingdom and starts to advertise her magical abilities as a way to bring hope to his people.  Lia and her secret boyfriend, Rafe, try to find a way to leave the kingdom even though they are far away from home.   

This is the second book and it’s important to have read the first book to understand what is happening.  The author does a great job connecting the two books, so I quickly remembered what happened in the first book.  Lia is a great main character and it is fun to follow her adventures.  The minor characters have depth and are hard not to like, even when you aren’t supposed to.  The violence is pretty gruesome.  The book has a major cliff hanger for the ending, and I can’t wait to see how this series ends.  The audio book readers are amazing.   

MS, HS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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