Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
Published June 2, 2015 by Square Fish, 486 pp.
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.
How goes it?
I started reading this in November 2015, and I have finally, finally finished it. This book is why I don’t like DNF-ing as much as possible, because sometimes things might turn around, and then what do I do when I’ve dropped it?! I’ve missed out on the fun.
The first half of this book was slow – much of it is spent outlining the ways Pauline and Lia spend their time in Terravin, or wondering which of Kaden or Rafe is hotter. This was the reason I took so long to finish. 250 pages of that and I kind of tuned out. But the last half is great – they travel across the continent, see the sights, meet interesting people, Lia finally discovers her gifts (thank), and she finally finds out the 2 guys she’s been going back and forth with are completely different people and not who she thinks they are. People are killed. Seriously, the ball really doesn’t start rolling until the second half, so if you find that at first it’s just a wee bit eh, hang on! Although one perk of the drawn out first half is that you clearly see where this is all playing out, and I do like books that take time to paint where it takes place.
As for the characters… Let me just- Lia can be annoying. There, I said it. But while she is annoying, it’s not wholly her fault – she hasn’t been outside the walls of Morrighan, and the only friend she actually has before she ran away was Pauline, and her siblings. I’m saying this because most of the times I found her annoying was because of her view of people she isn’t familiar with, or has barely interacted with is somewhat narrow-minded. Like it’s either you’re like me, or you’re a barbarian. This is why I also continued with the book: to see if something happens that snaps her out of this boxed-in view of the world, and I do think that by the end the things she learned in Morrighan aren’t universal.
There’s a deus ex machina that helps speed the book along, and once this is over, once they do get near Venda, the book ends. Well played, book. Well played.
Overall, I don’t mind all the turns the book took to get to where it did end, because it did introduce us to Lia as a character, and it makes me look forward as to what kind of growth she could achieve.
4 paper planes for an intriguing setting and a good start to a trilogy!