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The Beauty of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Three Hardcover – August 2, 2016
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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Gr 9 Up—After the cliff-hanger ending in The Heart of Betrayal, Lia wakes to find Rafe, the prince of Dalbreck, stitching up the wounds she suffered in their escape from the Komizar. Fighting for their lives each step of the way, the small group of survivors finally return to Dalbreck only to learn that the king is dead. Pushed by duty, Rafe assumes the crown, but he loses Lia, who is determined to return home to her own kingdom, Morrighan, where she hopes to rally her father's soldiers and repel the Komizar's invasion. Unfortunately, her father is gravely ill, poisoned by his trusted doctor, and she takes on the role of regent. With only a few thousand troops, though, she knows Morrighan has little hope of surviving the upcoming assault. Still, Pearson has created such a dynamic and inspiring heroine that readers will be convinced that she can save her kingdom. This action-filled novel, set in a high fantasy world, has it all: romance, adventure, mysticism, and heroism. Hand this to readers of "The Hunger Games" and John Flanagan's "Ranger's Apprentice" series. VERDICT Fantasy fans will love this marvelous, high-action conclusion to the trilogy.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
"Pearson has created such a dynamic and inspiring heroine.... Fantasy fans will love this marvelous, high-action conclusion to the trilogy." ―School Library Journal
"Full and rich." ―Booklist
"Pearson is an excellent storyteller.... She brings an ambitious trilogy to a rousing conclusion." ―The Horn Book
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We still see some great writing, it's complex and highly detailed and well thought out, and the world building and politics are masterfully crafted, but we lost a lot of what Lia was in the last two books. She doesn't really seem to care much about Rafe in this book and her mentality shifts to following duty and the prophecies in the songs of Venda. I mean I get it, she's the Chosen One who is going to save all these people and that sort of stuff, but if Lia was going to do something for Venda she would have been better off never escaping with Rafe I feel. It's like the escape and all the problems clashing with Rafe over their conflicting responsibilities and desires was just excessive and unnecessary tension added in to thicken the book and plump it up. I mean, Rafe gets betrothed but at that point Lia is already set on helping other people and kingdoms and not being his queen/wife so I don't quite understand what the point of all this was. You'd think a couple who endured so much to be together wouldn't allow politics to get between them yet here we are with that unfortunate trope, you know, the one that goes "as soon as the pair everyone was hoping to get together got together intense things happen in plot to test and/or ruin that relationship." Can't we just have a couple get together and be happy and face all the problems of the world together and not tear them apart for the sake of tension and drama and dragging things out? It was honestly a bit frustrating.
If you came to this book for the romance, you'll be disappointed. This book veers a hard left from that route and puts romance into a sub-sub-sub plot that's just sort of barely there and feels very one sided most of the time (as in Rafe loving Lia but Lia not seeming to really care or what to fight to stay with him or anything), though I think how things turned out for Kaden and Pauline was a nice touch; I'd already predicted in the second book when Kaden said he'd seen a vision about him and Lia in Venda with him holding a baby. But if you wanted politics and battles and all that sort of stuff, this book would suit you absolutely. It's full of taking over kingdoms, waging battles, weeding out traitors, picking up the mantle of duty, self-sacrificing for a country, maneuvering the role of a monarch, looking towards a future of peace, and handling all the ins and outs of war/battle.
The side characters are also given lots of importance and Pauline gets a lot of POV chapters, so the book is absolutely well written and dimensional and there's lots of stuff happening and developing, no one could dare to say Mary E. Pearson can't craft a story and manage several threads of information and plot at once, I just personally thought things would happen a lot differently (like way differently; all the weird relationship problems/tension/etc. caught me off guard) and I felt a bit weighted down by the pacing and the heavy emphasis on politics and war. There was a lot of it I skimmed and skipped past because it didn't seem super relevant; I still got the main points of the tale without the intricacies of detail. To be honest, I really wanted more Rafe/Lia because I tend to prefer romance plots over any others. I would have even accepted Lia getting with Kaden and them going off to rule Venda, not this weird mishmash of "eh we love each other but you know, duty and stuff" and this coming from a girl who throughout the book didn't show herself to be especially selfless or capable of really thinking stuff through. It felt... weird, like all these developments didn't match. I don't believe this is a bad book by any stretch, in spite of my complaints, it just wasn't what I was expecting it to be and it didn't appeal to my particular tastes which was disappointing after how much I'd loved the first two books and how excited I was for this to come out. If I hadn't been so excited, I might not have felt so deeply about the book.
Still gets three stars for being well written and developed, but loses two because of the disappointment and dislike that I personally felt from reading this. I was up all night finishing it (as it is a nearly 700 page book), so after some sleep I'll return and pound out some more specifics and details.
In all the craziness that comes with a baby and other reviews, this book kind of got buried in my to be read list and then one day I remembered that I had it and was super excited to start reading it.
I loved the first two books and was eager to see what the conclusion would be like since the last book left things really up in the air and ended on a climatic note.
The first thing that rubbed was it took too long for the battle to come and when it did, the battle itself went too fast. I felt like there was so much build up and talk about what was going to happen when Lia finally met the Venda army in the field and what strategies were going to be deployed and then after 90% of the book, they FINALLY met on the field. Within a couple of pages it was over. I felt like there was too much build up and not enough of a crescendo to justify the lengthy build up.
One of the things I loved most about this series was the love ‘triangle’. While it wasn’t overly angst-y like some YA novels and though it was clear that Lia and Rafe were in love, the question of Kaden’s feelings were left unresolved to me. Though Kaden has his own ‘happily ever after’ which fit perfectly, I still felt like his feelings for Lia were left mostly unaddressed. Without giving away too many details, there was a scene where Kaden asked Lia if she still loved Rafe and when she confirms her feelings, Kaden acknowledges and then that’s it. It seemed like he just accepted it and moved on and that kind of bothered me because in the first two books it was evident that he had strong feelings for Lia and perhaps she could reciprocate those feelings under the right circumstances. To leave things how they were between Lia and Kaden seemed almost like the author wasn’t sure what to do with their relationship.
What I did like though was the tension between Lia and Rafe. I loved watching the conflict between love and duty unfold between them. I thought that scenario had a lot of truth to it and added a lot to the love story. I could easily sympathize with both of them and could feel how much they wanted to be together but also do their duty to their kingdoms. This aspect of the novel was really well written and I loved watching it play out.
As I said, this is a hard one for me to review….on the whole, the series is great but the last book just feel short for me. Overall I would give the series itself a B- rating, even if this book wasn’t the best in the series. It did wrap things up in a satisfactory way, not maybe as neatly as I had hoped but all story lines came full circle.
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So once again, this started out slow for me.Read more