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Review: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Emily Rankin, Ryan Gesell, Kirby Heyborne, Kim Mai Guest, Ann Marie Lee
Length: 19 hours (684 pages)
Publisher: Henry Holt; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of: 2010’s YA fantasy
Content Warnings: misogyny, sexual assault, pregnancy, death of parent, violence


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.


Wow, just wow. What a STUNNING conclusion to the trilogy. This book is nonstop action, plotting, and betrayal. Lia is a fierce and inspiring protagonist. The way everything came together blew my mind.

My only complaint is that Rafe acted like a controlling jerk for a chunk of the book. I understand that he was adjusting to new circumstances in his life, but the way he treated Lia was not okay! I was fully Team Rafe the first two books, but this made me less sure that he deserves her.

This series had a near perfect ending for all the characters. I especially liked how Pauline’s storyline resolved. I can see why this series is quintessential YA fantasy!

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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