Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Heart of Betrayal
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #2
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Emily Rankin, Ryan Gesell, Kirby Heyborne, Kim Mai Guest, Ann Marie Lee
Length: 14 hours (473 pages)
Publisher: Henry Holt; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of: The Winner’s Curse
Content Warnings: death, violence, physical abuse, kidnapping, pregnancy


Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape . . . and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar’s interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile, the foundations of Lia’s deeply-held beliefs are crumbling beneath her. Nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to her, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized by the kingdoms of Dalbreck and Morrighan. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people . . . and her own destiny.


In the second book in the Remnant Chronicles Lia is brought to a dangerous kingdom as a rare political prisoner. This kingdom has its own unique political, social, and belief systems. Lia plays a dangerous game as she attempts to gain the love of the people without crossing the Komisar and revealing deadly secrets. I really enjoyed getting a deeper understanding of the magic, the prophecy, and the rampant conspiracies. I looooooove that Lia and Rafe found themselves in an angsty, forbidden love situation (it is the best romance trope, after all). Kaden was there. This did give me that middle book feeling in places, but THAT ENDING! Mary E. Pearson knows how to write a cliffhanger that leaves readers excited and desperate for the next book.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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