- Series: The Remnant Chronicles (Book 1)
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250063159
- ISBN-13: 978-1250063151
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 677 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kiss of Deception: The Remnant Chronicles, Book One Paperback – June 2, 2015
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Praise for The Kiss of Deception:
“The Kiss of Deception has it all--beautiful writing, heart-pounding suspense, a fiery princess, and an epic romance that'll make you swoon. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!” ―Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals
“In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world.” ―VOYA
"Gripping, urgent, and highly appealing." ―School Library Journal
"Pearson (the Jenna Fox Chronicles) is off to an extraordinary start with her fantasy series, the Remnant Chronicles, creating an alluring world and romance that's ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore and Megan Whalen Turner." ―Publishers Weekly
"Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope. . . . This has the sweep of an epic tale, told with some twists." ―Booklist, starred review
"A marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice books (Philomel). Romance, adventure, mysticism--this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"After her strong Jenna Fox series, Pearson adeptly switches gears here from science fiction to fantasy, but her ability to write a romance featuring complex characters and a strong plot remains constant." ―The Horn Book
“The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one--no one--is quite what they seem. Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that have been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read--I couldn't put it down!” ―Robin LaFevers, New York Times–bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph
“This is the kind of story I love--a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set in a richly imagined fantasy landscape.” ―Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times–bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles
“Peppered with excerpts from sacred texts and traditional songs, the novel has a formidable heroine at its core, who is as quick with a knife as she is to laugh or cry. Pearson maintains the mystery of Rafe and Kaden's identities, pulling readers through this masterfully crafted story.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Pearson's first book in her Remnant Chronicles is thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the first page to the last and will find themselves eagerly anticipating the next installment. Pearson pairs a rich and varied plot with a fiery and headstrong heroine.” ―Romantic Times
“Mystery, romance, betrayal, redemption: There's plenty to hook readers in to this installment of Lia's saga and make them impatient for the volumes to come.” ―Chicago Tribune
“Pearson's writing is beautiful, and her ability to twist a plot into knots keeps the reader wanting more.” ―BookPage
“This thick book is fantastical and interesting (with a bit of mystery thrown in!). . . .There's a lot of mystery that spices up the book. It's not all about the mystery, but it's on the peripheral always, which makes it that much more interesting.” ―USA Today
“Lia herself is a likeable heroine, and the selfishness in her act of leaving a kingdom in shambles for some future love is negated by her obvious naivete about political strategies and romantic relationships . . . Most intriguing are the two love interests, though, partly because of the way Pearson structures their narrating chapters.” ―BCCB
“Rich and exciting . . . a bold ending whets appetites for the next installment.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Mary E. Pearson is the author of many novels for teens, including the popular Jenna Fox trilogy and the New York Times bestselling Remnant Chronicles. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
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The reason why I did not rate this book higher is because of the following reasons:
+ Character development is slow and unfinished. I often thought that both Rafe and Kaden could have been the same person.
+ To much time wasted where "nothing happens" in the book (Lia takes strolls, gets things, have meaningless conversations with people - most of the time with Rafe or Kaden).
+ The assassin is not believable in my eyes (he does not behave like someone should when having that kind of background) in the first half of the book. There is no way a trained assassin would publicly "befriend" your victim - unless they wanted to extract vital information first (which is not the case here). A spy maybe, but an assassin? No. But even the prince seems childish at times.
One of the things that I thought was done especially well was the switching of the point of view of the characters. Though the majority of the story was told from the perspective of Lia, some of the chapters were told by others. What was especially brilliant on the part of the author was that the other chapters were sometimes labeled as being told by “The Prince” or “The Assassian”, sometimes they were labeled as being by “Kaden” or “Rafe”, and you never really knew which of the two was which. It was extremely well done, and I really was never sure which guy was the prince.
I loved the characters, the plot, the telling. I will certainly be reading more books by this author.
This review first appeared on amongTheReads.net.
I enjoyed the day to day events in Terravin and can see why she loved it and wanted to stay there. Right off the bat the reader learns that an assassin has come to Terravin to kill the Princess. He comes from another area altogether and wants to stop any possible alliance between Morrighan and Dalbreck. Also coming to town for the princess is the Prince of Dalbreck who Lia was sworn to marry but then jilted. She has never seen either man before when they walk into the tavern. She meets them and learns their names, "Rafe" and "Kaden". But which is the prince and which is the assassin? There is a lot of enjoyment in not really knowing who is who.
At the 60% mark of the book, things change. Lia makes the decision to leave Terravin and we find out which boy is which quite quickly at that point. I missed the day to day of life in Terravin, but its at this point that Lia really begins her transformation into a Princess worth leading a kingdom. She starts coming into her 'gift' that first daughters are said to have but Lia had shown no sign of to this point. By the end of the book, I was amazed by her spirit, empathy, and determination. She really became a strong character.
This book was a super strong four stars for me. I can't quite give it a five (I'm really picky about my fives). Mostly that is because this feels like another YA story with a love triangle. I really found myself liking the assassin but the idea that he did everything he did and she still found feelings for him, just didn't ring realistic. However this is one of my favorite fantasy reads in awhile and I have just pre-ordered the sequel that comes out in July.
I was disappointed that there was so little resolution at the end of the book. MAJOR cliff hanger. The ending was not satisfying to me in the least. I guess the "book 1" should have tipped me off. But I didn't do my homework and realize this was a to be continued story. Or that book 2 doesn't come out until July.
So like others have suggested, if you don't mind a cliff hanger, go on and read this now. Book 2 is available for preorder (yes, I care enough about these characters that I preordered it). All I can say is, I hope book 2 is good. And please Ms Pearson, don't go the way of Veronica Roth and kill off Lia or her main man (whoever that ends up being--no spoilers!) in the name of whatever your Editor thinks is the hot ticket for 2015. I like my heroines strong and alive after reading 1500 pages of a trilogy.
If book 2 is good, I'll give this book a higher rating (it doesn't stand alone since it's clearly part of a set). Right now I can't recommend it to friends, so 3 stars it is.
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