Book: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Published: July 8th 2014 by Henry Holt
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: A princess must find her place in a reborn world. 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.
“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”
“We all have our different skills. You’re patient to a fault, which sometimes doesn’t work to your advantage. I, on the other hand, have the patience of a wet cat. Only on rare occasions does that come in handy.”
It seems that I am in a mood to write reviews that are long overdue. I read The Kiss of Deception in April. I KNOW, I’M SORRY. But no matter how late this is, I still wanted to make a review on it.
As this is a fantasy novel, I feel like a section on the world is always necessary. In this world, there are different kingdoms. Lia, our main character, is the princess of the kingdom of Morrighan. The other important kingdoms in this world are Dalbreck, whose prince Lia was supposed to marry -not a spoiler- and Venda. I have to admit that I don’t recall much from the world of this book. I remember the kingdoms, but details like their climate I can attribute to my reading of The Heart of Betrayal, the second book. I always want a lot of world-building in fantasy novels, but there wasn’t a lot of focus on that in this book.
What I do remember is the town Lia flees to. Her description of it sounds absolutely beautiful, and if it were real, I’d surely want to travel to it. And the Cam Lanteux -am I spelling that right? That I remember as well! Maybe I’m wrong and there was a lot of world-building in this novel, but I just forgot. Sorry. Anyway, that’s the only downside to this book, in my opinion.
I loved the story line of this book. So it all centers around Lia, who flees on her -arranged- wedding day with her friend/maid, Pauline. The main thing that intrigues the readers is the mystery. As Lia flees, two people follow her: the prince she was supposed to marry and the assassin sent to kill her. Now as a reader, you meet the two men, but you don’t know who is who. They each give themselves a name, and while they do have POV chapters, Mary Pearson wrote it so you don’t actually know which of the two guys is the prince/assassin. It was so much fun! I have to say that I guessed right though! I was right!
I do love that this is a multiple POV story. I always like each character to have his own point-of-view chapters because that way, it’s so much easier to get to know them and relate! Even though you don’t know who they are. By the way, I’m a Kaden person. I definitely enjoyed his character much more than I did Rafe.
It’s so much fun to see everything unravel from that one decision Lia made. I feel like this is one of those books of which you shouldn’t know more than what I’ve already said about her fleeing and the two people following her. Because it’s just so enjoyable to see it all unfold. This story captivated me, and I pretty much read it in one sitting!
I’ll be talking mostly about Lia here, because I want you to discover the male characters yourself. That way, you won’t be biased by what I’ve said!
So, Lia. I’ll just start by saying that I really like her as a main character. Often, when you have a princess as a main character, she can turn out to be a bit of a brat -you know, used to everyone doing everything for her. Lia is far from that! When she flees, she knows she’ll have to make money somehow. So she gets a job, and works hard. I like that in people, and thus in my characters. In life, no one is going to do it for you, you have to earn it yourself! I feel like she took more care of Pauline than the other way around. She is brave, and honest – can you tell I really liked her? Another positive thing about her is that she doesn’t take dumb risks. You could say that fleeing her wedding was a dumb and rash risk, but actually she planned it out perfectly.
Obviously, this book has many more characters that I love -yes, you Kaden. But telling you about them would somehow lessen the appeal of the book. So if you haven’t read it, go do so and discover the great characters Mary Pearson has created!
I really liked this book! I was afraid the hype would be too much for me and that I’d be disappointed, but luckily that didn’t happen. I do have to say that because I was expecting to be disappointed, I didn’t have high expectations when I started. I did guess who the assassin and the prince were, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. This was an enjoyable and quick read, seeing as I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book if you like fantasy and YA, but like I said, it’s better to go into it with lowered expectations -like I did. That way, the hype won’t ruin it for you!