The Kiss of Deception(The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E Pearson

Title: The Kiss of Deception(The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Author:  Mary E. Pearson

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Type: Trilogy – Book 1

Genre: Historical Fantasy world,  Magical world, Action & Adventure, Fiction

Primary Characters: Lia,  Rafe, Kaden

Secondary Characters: Pauline

Narration: Multiple POV

The Kiss of Deception is actually my first experience with a Mary E. Pearson books. Sequels of this series are better than book1. I binge read all 5 books. Mary Pearson did an excellent job in seamlessly switching back and forth while leaving us little bread crumbs of evidence to which guy was which. I was guessing about the person till last minute.

The first half of this novel spent a good deal of time introducing us to the characters and it felt more like a historical fantasy novel, which is pretty much what I expected. Plot starts with Lia, first daughter and Princess of Morrigan struggling to come to terms with her arrange marriage to the Prince of neighboring kingdom. On the day of her wedding, she flees to a distant village. She starts settling into her new life in a distant village, when she meets two strangers Rafe and Kaden.

One of them is an Assassin sent to kill her and one of them is Prince. Author has written an intriguing plot which keeps us guessing who is who. Chapter names have “Assassin” and “prince”.  This kept me engaged whilst reading it.  Everything was so vivid and encompassing and every emotion displayed was so relatable that I found myself deeply enjoying the story. 

Lia is such a great main character. Strong, compassionate, independent, fierce and unyielding. Rafe and Kaden were intriguing. I was hoping to know more about them. We don’t see much of their characteristic features in this book. Relationship development is not that great.  We get to see more of Morrighan Kingdom in this book. We don’t see much of Magic in this book.

I enjoyed the first half’s suspense better than the last half; the book was filled with emotion and surprises. This book had a presence of strong, well-defined secondary characters.  The writing and narration are beautiful and enchanting. Plot seems well constructed.

This book ends on cliff-hanger.  I was really interested to see where this will go. I couldn’t wait longer and picked up the sequel soon after this. Overall, a nice light read, without much flaws. Pick this and get immersed in the world and let me know your opinion on this.

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Blurb as per Amazon

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 escapes 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.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy series Remnant Chronicles. The adventure continues in the New York Times bestseller, The Heart of Betrayal, and comes to an epic conclusion in The Beauty of Darkness.

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