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The Heart of Betrayal

(The Remnant Chronicles #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  53,003 ratings  ·  5,867 reviews
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape . . . and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile, the foundations of Lia's deeply-held bel
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2015
This book far surpassed the first one, and the first one was one of my favorites of 2014. I do not know what to do with myself while I wait for the last book. This series takes so many unexpected twists, and tips out my heart at every turn. I cannot wait for what I'm sure will be a breathtaking finale. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well, first off this love triangle thing needs to stop because it's getting on my nerves but I'm hoping it has fizzled out for the last book.

The next thing. That ending =( I mean there was one good part that probably will be one of those, we were kidding moments, but there was a really sad part and I don't like it.

Lia was so tough as nails in this book. I mean there as one part where she had a moment but it was to be expected. But ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I'm really hoping she got her reve
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
well well well. what a pleasant surprise. this is better than the first book and i couldnt be more grateful or relieved.

i will say this is still an 'in the moment' kind of story. i felt much more present and engaged whilst reading this (compared to ‘kiss of deception'), but i still dont think this story/series is going to have a long-lasting effect on me.

i like the character development that is present in this and how its evolved from a silly love triangle. the new characters are good additions,
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, 2018
*.) Morrighan ★★★
1.) The Kiss of Deception ★★★★★
2.) The Heart of Betrayal ★★★★
3.) The Beauty of Darkness ★★★★


the middle got a lil boring but those last hundred pages tho!!!!!
Jodi Meadows
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not saying Mary Pearson wrote this book just to hurt me, but there's no proof that she didn't.

Oh my gosh, I love it.

Oh my gosh, the wait for the next book might be the death of me.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

So, this is only my second book by Mary E. Pearson, but I must say, my experience both times left me like this:

And I have every intention of picking up the Jenna Fox Chronicles after such an awesome time with this series, but you know how it is...

Anyway, this book picks up right where we left off in The Kiss of Deception. There's some of this:

And some of this, as our girl puts two and two together:

Can't say I blame her really, after all she's been through. And how much troubl
Audio Re-read 2021
Still an excellent story.
I really enjoyed watching Lia come into her own even more. It's all about standing on your own two feet, listening to your gut, and not letting people steamroll you into doing what they think is right for your life. I'm digging the themes in this more now than I even did 6 years ago.


If you weren't a fan of the first book (and some of my friends were not), then I don't think anything about this book is going to change your mind. Sorry.


If you
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Book Two of the Remnant Chronicles
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well now I need book 3!
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.

This sequel ripped me apart and put me back together again. I was constantly wondering what other twist and turn was going to happen, which person should they trust. And what exactly was going on between the political parties between the kingdoms. I loved that this was set in Venda for we get to see another kingdom that doesn't rely on its resources but on its leader. Even if that leader happens to be the Komizar. Chapters are shor
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
*When you scroll down the review list of this book, and everybody has this rated as a five star.....*

Alright, peoples.
You may leave now if you loved this book.

Welcome to Jeff's ranting of horrible books.

This was nothing compared to the first one.
There was just no action at all. AT ALL.
I swear, the WHOLE FREAKING BOOK was spent on Lia debating which guy had nicer muscles.

Like, I don't mind that!
Muscles are important in my opinion.
Nice arms are top priority,
Simona B
“Because with my last dying breath, I would make him regret the day he ever laid eyes on me.”

•I'm still unsure whether I should consider this series as guilty pleasure or not; I still haven't been able to peg it. It's as if it lives in this sort of limbo, where you have this astonishingly intelligent writing and world-building on one hand, and tons of ya tropes on the other, love triangle included. And the more I think about it, the more I realize I actually like the in-between sort of story th
Bentley ★
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-porn
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This one might win the award for toughest review of 2017.

You might remember my earlier review for the first book in the series: The Kiss of Deception, which I loved and showered praise on. While I was really excited to crack into this one, and still really enjoyed it, I felt a little let down.

One of the biggest disappointments to me in this book revolved around the situation Lia found herself in. "But Bentley," you say, "isn't t
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Are you f*cking kidding me? You can't end a book like that and expect me to wait a whole year!
I won't survive this.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2), Mary E. Pearson

First of all, i loved the progression of the story in this book!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape ... and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has a magical gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile, the foundations of Lia's deeply-held
5/5 stars

The Remnant Chronicles Spoiler Free Series Review:

A little slow in the beginning but then I was completely blown away with the different twist and turns!
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

It should be noted that I wasn't the biggest fan of The Kiss of Deception but I found the ending so promising that I really wanted to give this series another chance.

If you loved The Kiss of Deception, don't let this review make you anxious, I'm pretty sure you will like this one more than the first. If you are like me however, and thought TKoD was very meh then this review is for you. To summarize: I was hoping THoB would remedy many things I disliked in TKoD but that didn't happen un
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

WOOOOHA, what a ride!! THE HEART OF BETRAYAL'S had me going on a ride of ups and downs like this...


Because that was...


And it left me feeling like this...


But by the end of the book I was...


This book was EPIC!! Truly, wonderfully EPICCC!!! I mean it was slow paced, especially in the beginning, but the first book was too. But that did NOTHING but strengthen this book! And that's weird because I usually HAVE to have a fast paced book for me to love it. But not with this series. AND YOU ARE
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Initial Review: OH MY GOSH THIS WAS PERFECT. The betrayal runs deep. Five Well-Deserved Stars from me! Review to come.

Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books

Everyone fears second-book syndrome. I knew the minute I opened this book that I'd have nothing to fear. I was wildly impressed with the artful creation of The Kiss of Deception, and it's no surprise that The Heart of Betrayal captivated my heart as well.

I know many complain that The Kiss of Deception is slow. I urge you, if you fe
Helena Paris
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Whitney Atkinson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think this book fell victim to a very specific problem I have now with YA fantasy books. I read book 1 before I read Six of Crows, and it was pretty good. I read this one after I read Six of Crows and suddenly, I've read better and everything in this was cliche and the characters weren't that great and the dialogue was cheesy and the magic system was unrealistic and underexplained.

So. Yeah.

Maybe if I'd read this closer to book one I would have enjoyed it, but reading this my eyes were rooooll
Trina (Between Chapters)
Although I feel like the plot didn't move forward for quite a while, I REALLY enjoyed this book and felt like I was more engaged with the narrative than I was with book 1. I listened to the audiobook and the cast of narrators and voice acting was superb. I enjoyed being back in this world, seeing the characters for who they really are (instead of all the disguises from book 1) and especially enjoyed seeing how fierce Lia is! I really have no idea where the story is going after that ending, but I ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 75%

Buddy read with Jia!

I made it 75% through this book. I was SO CLOSE TO FINISHING! But I realised I'm so fucking done because I just don't give a single shit about the characters or the world and I've been skimming for the past 100 pages and I honestly can't stand looking at this book anymore.

Fuck this book. Fuck this series. There's no plot. The characters suck. The hype is all bullshit. Thank you and goodbye
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Support Team aka Cait!

I had high hopes going into this book since I've read several reviews stating it's way better than the first book. Was it? Yes and no. Am I disappointed? Yes. Seems like all this series does is disappoint me time and time again. I highly doubt I'm reading book 3. It's too big and I high-key lost all interest. Sad.

The book started off SO WELL. I was enjoying it so much and I was so glad. I've checked out a lot of reviews prior to starting the book stating th
Anja H.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

“The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars.”

Sweet baby Jesus .
I seriously don't know how I survived without these books in my life.

I was going to read After You by Jojo Moyes in between these books but I think I'm just gonna jump straight into the next and final book: The Beauty of Darkness. Sorry not sorry!

°Review to come°
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I loved the progression of the story in this book! It definitely read more like a fantasy compared to the first book.

It expanded so much on the world and the mythology which was definitely my favorite part. Again, Lia's character development was amazing and I feel like we finally got to see her outside of the love triangle, which I loved.

I still don't like Kaden and after this book I don't think there's any redeeming him for me. But Rafe, Rafe is good.
Katerina  Kondrenko
9.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Elaiza – I Don't Love You
Side Liner – Every Morning You Are My Faith
Extreme Music – Invincible

Genre: post-apocalyptic, fantasy, YA
Stuff: any means to an end if you wanna live
Fail: first 60% are slow
WOW: final part
POV: 1st person, multi
Love-Geometry: medium

The first book was ok, and I'll probably never finish the 3rd one, but this is brilliant. One of my favourite books of all time. ...more
Lucie V.
“There are no rules when it comes to survival.”

✅ Captive / Captor
✅ Plot and unexpected twists
✅ Characters
✅ Action and Politics
✅ Conflicted feelings
✅ World-building

That is a solid sequel. There are about 100 pages in the middle that are a little boring, but the beginning is very interesting and the end is awesome. I was constantly wondering what other twist and turn were going to happen, and who Lia could trust. The political aspect of the series is also more important in this book.

Roel ✿
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
If this book didn't have the excellent ending it has, I would have upped and left the last book in the trilogy untouched. Lucky for me, I have decided that there is still hope for The Beauty of Darkness.

The Heart of Betrayal continues on where the first installment left off: Lia and Rafe's arrival at the kingdom of Venda. The two get taken in as prisoners and are quickly swept up in a culture that is alien to them, getting tangled up in the leader of the kingdom's lies and manipulation in the p
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Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretendi ...more

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