Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)” as Want to Read:
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Heart of Betrayal

(The Remnant Chronicles #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  41,969 ratings  ·  4,946 reviews
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia's life, her 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 sacrif
Hardcover, 473 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Heart of Betrayal, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Chelsea NEVER!!!

well i hope so anyway...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.28  · 
Rating details
 ·  41,969 ratings  ·  4,946 reviews

More filters
Sort order
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.
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
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.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Win a copy of The Heart of Betrayal!***

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

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
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 r
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. Chapt
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, I understand. ;)
But this book literally screams: SCREW PLOT, SCREW ACTION, SCREW EVERYTHING!

...just look at
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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've been chomping at the bit (because maybe you're a horse?) to find out what happened to Lia, Raffe, & Kaden once they got inside the walls of Venda? Then I think you'll be pretty happy with Pearson's book. Secrets, magic, prophesies, and (as the title(as(becauseclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Simona Bartolotta
“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 that came out of it.
Bentley ★
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-porn
See this review and more on:

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 that the point of conflict?" Well, yes, but in a way
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.
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Warning: If you haven't read The Kiss of Deception, please do not read this review.

With my last dying breath, I would make him regret the day he ever laid eyes on me. —Lia

Ouch. That ending was utterly painful. The last time I felt this way was when I read The Winner's Crime. There were so many evocative scenes crammed into the last hundred pages. My brother recently asked what's wrong with me because I couldn't help but verbally express my shock and indignation at everything that happened to Lia and her co/>With
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
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 unfortunately.

Warning: This r/>Warning:
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 urg
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 FAIR WARNED: THE ENDING I
Helena of Sparta ✰
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 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
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
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
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°
Katerina Kondrenko
9.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Elaiza – I Don't Love You
Living A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

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

 “Yes, royals know how to do things beyond counting our twelve toes.

First 50-60% of the book are just the beginning: putting new characters in the plot, introduction of Venda and its specifics, alignment of forces, game planning. It wasn’t boring but my heart wasn’t pumping either. And then… I couldn’t eat, sleep, sit, stand until the book was over (and it was hard to finish the story ‘cause I was eager to know what was next and afraid of it at the same time).

So, Venda. Venda’s life is quite barbaric. Indeed. And its people are narrow-minded and a bit pagandom-ish. But their traditions, language and the way they used to be aren’t worse than Morrighan’s or Darblreack’s locals have. Paviamma, for example, is such a beautiful word. It means love, friendship, something light, sweet and important at once. This word reminds me about Indian mantras. It’s tasty on my tongue.

Okay, what else we would know about Venda?

- You can get power by killing the man whose position you desire to have. Venda has no royals. It is ruling by Komizar and his Council, governors, quarterlords and the inner guard circle named Rahtan (Kaden belongs to it).

- Venda has no children. No matter if you’re only 5 year-old, you must work as much as adults do and your punishes would be the same as theirs. Also remember, if you die, others would come to replace you. You are replaceable.

- Venda is located in the north. Its winters are cold and snowy.

- The kingdom has a few lands to grow food; its territory is cut from the rest continent by a large river. Local people are doomed to die from starvation.

Lia and Rafe are Komizar’s prisoners now. Komizar is 29, black-haired and black-eyed man with Christian Grey's attitude (though I think Christian can take a lesson or two from Komizar).
I knew why he chose the brown. It was the plainest of my dresses, certainly drab in his eyes, but all the better to contrast and showcase the red he’d have me wear tomorrow. I had no doubt he’d ordered the snow itself as the perfect backdrop, and surely he’d ordered the sun to shine in the morning so as not to deter the crowds.

Lia knows that Rafe isn’t a farmer. Well, everybody knows that by now. But they have no idea that he isn’t an emissary either while Lia has. And she accepts these news without hysterics. I expected a lot of drama after this revelation, but Lia gave me a pleasant surprise.
He said:
I’m not the farmer I claimed to be, but I hope I can make you fall in love with me again, this time as a prince, one day at a time. We’ve had a terrible start—it doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.

And she agreed.

How Rafe convinced Komizar to keep him alive? He said the King of Dalbreck is very ill and after his death the Prince would take a throne and come to Venda to make an alliance against Morrighan. Komizar believed him with one condition: if the Prince wouldn’t come in a month, his Emissary would go to Dalbreck in parts. Thank god, Rafe’s friends were already in Venda, so he hoped they would manage to sneak in the city and help him and Lia to flee.

Kaden thought he would bring Lia in Venda and they would have happily-ever-after.
Because I so stupidly loved her.

Uh-huh. He calls Rafe a court confectionery while he himself is a Mr. Naïve Assassin. Komizar has his own plans for his girl. They start with abuse, continue with beating and end up with marriage. What's funny, Kaden isn’t a fiance.
This wasn’t the story I had written for myself. Not the story of Terravin and salty breezes and love.

Yes, it wasn’t. She had to escape this place. But during her time in Venda she got used to locals. They are kind but unprotected and weak, without men like Komizar they will die sooner than you think. They don't know other life. I was afraid Lia's love for them would be so big, she'd decide not to leave their country. But the terrible truth came out and she understood that not only Venda needs to be saved, the rest kingdoms are, too, in danger.

Love triangle. It exists, but MC made her choice in the first book and stuck with it. Kaden loves her, but she sees in him only potential friend and a good guy among bad people. He always says that Venda comes first (until the final of the book, so now I really don’t know what would happen next) while Rafe’s priority all along was Lia and only Lia.
“It was worth it, Lia,” He said. “Every mile, every day. I’d do it all again. I’d chase you across three continents if that’s what it took to be with you.”

“But you’re everything I want. Remember that. I love you, Lia. Not a title. And not because a piece of paper says I should. Because I do.”

Isn’t it beautiful?! If Kaden would break it, I'll break him too.

I wanna say a few words about the secondary characters. Pearson has lot of them in the story and each has a fate, nature and temper (no matter how much this person matters for the plot).

We have three kingdoms and three truths, and I ache for them all together. We know next to nothing about Darbreck but Rafe’s soldiers are good example of its locals and their are awesome.

I can't tell much about the plot without spoilers. It was a heartbreaking journey in so many ways, but there were sweet and even hot moments among the pain. This read wasn't an easy one and the final just blew my mind. If I had a habit to gnaw my nails, my hands might be eaten too in the end of this book.

I have some theories about the next book, but honestly, I have no idea what Mary will do or already did (I know she’s trough the 50% with The Beauty of Darkness).

All I can say, I didn’t expect this book to be so good. I was ready to give it around 7-7.5 stars and then it started to get better, better and better.

PS: Rafe, if Lia will end up with Kaden, you can have me. Or you can have me anyway. You’re my new book-boyfriend. Congratulations.

The Remnant Chronicles (Хроники выживших):
Morrighan (Морриган) #0.5/3
The Kiss of Deception (Поцелуи лжецов) #1/3
The Heart of Betrayal (Сердца обманщиков) #2/3
The Beauty of Darkness (Прелесть тьмы) #3/3
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"we've made it this far, whats another thousand miles or two?"

I was really hoping the ending would pack a punch and this did not disappoint.
I enjoyed this book much more than the first in the series, i loved exploring another kingdom and found its political structure fascinating.
Can't wait to read the next one.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5/5

This was definitely a thrilling sequel. KOD was my second favorite book I read last year. I was extremely excited for HOB, it was one of my top anticipated reads i was looking forward to this year. I am not disappointed. In fact, I am broken. Guys. I literally stared at the ceiling for fifteen minutes trying to make sense of that ending. Trying to come to terms with that ending. Trying not to cry over that ending.

I. Need. Book. Three.

First, I want to
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.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't read this review if you haven't read the first book yet, there will be slight spoilers.

"The centuries and tears had swirled with voices that couldn't be erased, not even by death, and Venda's was a song that couldn't be silenced, even by being pushed from a wall."

Well, this was unexpectedly better than the first book. I didn't expect much from his but I was pleasantly surprised.

Let's start with the beginning of this book. I liked that there were no annoying repetitions of the plot, the characte/>


OMG After a year of waiting I finally got my hands on the book! And I need to get some things out of my system first of all AHHHHHHH so, so, so much betrayals.....I am surprised I haven't got sick of them!!! And the romance (I'll get to that...) And Lia was just soooooooooooo strong and badass! And Komizar a brilliant villain in the books.

Okay now I can really get into my review now...
I wished I reread the first book because I kinda forgot so
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
  • Thorne (The Chronicles of Kaya, #2)
  • Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)
  • Of Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes, #2)
  • Other Worlds
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  • The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy, #3)
  • Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3)
  • Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2)
  • Unbound (The Griever's Mark #3)
  • The Opal Crown (The Opal Mask, #2)
  • The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns, #0.7)
  • Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)
  • Endure (Defy, #3)
  • The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology, #2)
  • The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2)
  • Daughter of Dusk (Midnight Thief, #2)
  • Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy, #2)
See similar books…
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 pretending she was a spy wit ...more

Other books in the series

The Remnant Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)
“We had a terrible start… doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.” 148 likes
“It was worth it, Lia,” He said. “Every mile, every day. I’d do it all again. I’d chase you across three continents if that’s what it took to be with you.” 118 likes
More quotes…