Okay, there are some books that are so amazing and hit you so hard that it become nearly impossible to put your feelings into words. The Heart of Betrayal was this type of book for me through and through. I loved every single word and moment so pardon my review for being short and not nearly as articulate as I’d like.
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny
My (mish-mashed) Thoughts:
It is a rare day when I can review a sequel and say that it was even better than the first book. The Heart of Betrayal was such an incredibly strong story with excellent writing and an epic storyline. Pearson picked up directly where The Kiss of Deception left us and wastes no time to getting the reader back into the story.
Lia was such a strong character and my love for her only grew in this sequel. Really, all the characters are so well developed and well rounded. It was very interesting to watch them interact and learn more about them individually. We are introduced to a new character, the Komizar, who was such an intriguing character. Watching Lia have to survive and find her way in a new place, Venda, surrounded by enemies kept me on the edge of my seat and completely enthralled.
Gah, I keep trying to think of what to say but it mostly just boils down to READ THIS SERIES PLEASE. This sequel built upon the first book so well and I loved the expansion of the world and the characters, Lia especially. I think that if you enjoy fantasy with a historical feel, romance, political intrigue and incredible writing this series is for you.
If you feel you have similar tastes as I do then I’m confident you’ll love both The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal.
- Review of The Kiss of Deception
- Interview with Mary Pearson
- Lego Cover Art for The Kiss of Deception