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The Beauty of Darkness

(The Remnant Chronicles #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  37,218 ratings  ·  4,663 reviews
Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

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Published August 2nd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Enqi Yes I thought I was the only one! {spoilers ahead} I've never stopped shipping Lia and Kaden since the first book and my heart was screaming so painfu…moreYes I thought I was the only one! {spoilers ahead} I've never stopped shipping Lia and Kaden since the first book and my heart was screaming so painfully when Pauline and Kaden were getting closer. I knew the moment Kaden helped Pauline give birth that their relationship was going to develop into something I dreaded and no matter how much I told myself that Kaden deserved to be happy since Lia and Rafe were already a pair, deep down I just wished everything could have been different between the two who shared such a special bond, and couldn't help wincing every time Pauline and Kaden had another interaction that brought them closer together, and the connection between them and the baby by the end was unbearable.(less)
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
This world, it breathes you in … it knows you, and then it breathes you out again, shares you.”

I don’t know why but I think this quote is so very suitable for the entire book. You’re drawn into this world and you live with the characters, want to know how it continues and what’s going to happen next and then after 679 pages you’re done with the book and it feels like it “breathes you out again”.

The only thing I haven’t decided yet is whether this is a good or a bad thing. *lol* Don’t get me wro
Katerina  Kondrenko
11 out 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Laura Jansen feat. Ed Harcourt – A Call To Arms
Andrew Belle – Pieces
Onyay Pheori – No More Waiting

Genre: post-apocalyptic, fantasy, upper-YA
Stuff: politics, war, hope, sacrifices, love and a lot of more
WOW: world-building, writing style, characters, twists
POV: 1st-person
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
❝I cry out and fall to my knees,
unable to go on,
weeping for the dead,
weeping for the cruelties,
and a whisper calls to me from far away,
You are strong,
Stronger than your pain,
Stronger than your grief,
Stronger than them.

And I force myself to my feet again.❞

I can't believe that this is the end of one of my favorite series of all time. If I could stay in this world forever, I would. I wish it never had to end. This world, these characters, these bo
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Book Three of the Remnant Chronicles
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: 1 star
Source: eARC from NetGalley


Summary (from Goodreads):

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and f
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
i have mixed feelings on this concluding installment. this series has been up and down for me, so i guess thats not a total surprise.

this turned out exactly the way i thought it would. the characters did things i knew they would, the plot progressed in a way i knew it would, and the story worked out like i knew it would. which isnt a terrible thing - it means the storytelling is reliable and consistent. however, i didnt have much to look forward to because i already knew how the story would end
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was afraid the last book wouldn't live up to the rest of the series but.... totally worth the read!
So many great relationships and political intrigue!
4.25/5 stars

The Remnant Chronicles Spoiler Free Series Review:

If you follow me on twitter you would know I woke up at 3AM this morning and could not go back to bed. I thought maybe I should read a book to help myself fall back did the complete opposite.

From 3AM-10Am this morning I finished all 688 pages of The Beauty of Darkness and even though I'm extremely tired I don't regret it at all.

I was honestly such an emotional mess when I got to the
Andreea Pop
Beatiful, beautiful, beautiful. I was frustrated, happy, shocked, angry, in love, joyous, heartbroken, sad, exhilarated and awed -- I experienced everything on the emotional palette because this was such a great, solid conclusion. I wanted more, perhaps an epilogue to make my greedy heart satisfied but I guess the cleverness and mastery of the book will have to suffice. Lia, there are no words for the sheer badassery. Rafe, you almost-insufferable-at-times and lovable piece of star-hung perfecti ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was expecting more, but it was a pretty decent ending for the series.
Helena Paris

WOW. WOW. JUST WOW. WHAT. A. FINALE. I haven’t flown through a book of this size (700-ish pages) in one sitting, since the release of Lady Midnight!!! I read the general reviews on GoodReads for this book before reading it and I can honestly say that I have no idea what you lot were going on about!!! This was amazing!!! I’m personally a huge fan of long and political books (hence, why I study politics ha ha), so maybe that’s why I enjoyed it more??? Either way, I had a blast!

“[I]t was only me,
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The perfect finale for the series!

The world building and the character development gets better and better with each book, and this one definitely tops them all!

Also, that last scene was too much for me and I'm still not over it <333
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I don't know what else to give this book right now but 3 stars. I will re-read it later. I don't know if it's my mood or the book itself. There were things I didn't like at all.

I liked that Lia was pretty bad@ssed but she ruined everything else. It seemed like that little bit at the end could lead to something good in your imagination. But mostly it was all just strange to me.

I do still think most of it is my mood.

1) I'm not having fun on GR any more. Sometimes when I'm chatting to one of my
Lindsay Cummings
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was by far my favorite of the trilogy!! So good, so many incredible twists and character developments! Sad it's over, but excited to see what Mary comes up with next! ...more
Mariah of the Night Court

***Contains Spoilers***

I literally stayed up last night from 10:00 to 5:00 AM reading the last 500 pages of this book. I am drained. Anyways, before I start on the main points of why I deducted 2 stars from this book, let me list some reasons why I enjoyed it.

* Lia went through some hardcore character development and never gives up on what she believes in. She truly cares about the civilians in the three kingdoms and never lets her loyalty falter. Lo
After months spent in denial, after months spent keeping myself back from reading the last chapters of this book because it'd mean I'd be done with this series forever, I finally found the courage to finish it and...the tears are real.
Whether they're joyful tears or sad ones, that's still to decide.
With great regret, though, I must admit this book was good but not that good. I expected more. More character development, more plot depth, more... I don't know, more The Remnant Chronicles-ness, I g
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
*.) Morrighan ★★★
1.) The Kiss of Deception ★★★★★
2.) The Heart of Betrayal ★★★★
3.) The Beauty of Darkness ★★★★


This series isn't perfect, but it sure is one of my favourites!
Jul 07, 2015 marked it as to-read


Ladies and gentlemen, we have a title.

The Beauty of Darkness<3 Someone needs to hold me because the wait for this beauty is intolerable

Curse my heart and its indecisiveness.



What was that? Time machines don't exist?
2016 *cries*

May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really solid ending to a good fantasy story.
And if you've made it to the 3rd book of this trilogy, I don't think you'll be disappointed by how Pearson wraps it up.


Lia, Rafe, Pauline, & Kaden finish this saga out strong, with a few tears and a few happy endings sprinkled in along the way. Some of it seemingly came out of nowhere - (view spoiler)
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm so, so, so sad. Wait, I need to cry.

Okay, time to recollect myself just to write this review. Then I shall cry again.

This was such a disappointment. The Kiss of Deception was one of my favorite books of early 2015, and then The Heart of Betrayal came that summer and man, that was a great second book in a series. I was so pumped for this book! I bought it at full prize, believing it would be the best 2016 read, maybe just after Empire of Storms... And I was so wrong.

The review will have some
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saturday, 3:41 am:
I feel like Mary E. Pearson has stirred all my emotions. Emotions that I just can't settle. All of them flying, howling, circling, tumbling and jingling inside me. I have no idea how I'll recover. I just hope I get back to normal soon. Real life seems boring one minute and exhausting the next. I am staring at the ceiling and constantly thinking about this book. Even music hasn't been able to remedy this hangover. I feel miserable. This series has ended. *sigh*

Saturday, 10:14 am
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Nonstop action until the very end. Highly recommend this series.
Jul 24, 2015 marked it as to-read
I need to know what happens in this book! If Kaden and Lia don't end up together my heart is seriously gonna break. He saw them having a baby for Christ's sake!
Lia has a destiny to fulfill as written in the Song of Venda. She killed the Komizar. She needs to rule Venda.
Rafe wants to go back to Dalbreck and Lia doesn't so I think that's going to drive them apart. I also think that Kaden is going to go after them. But God I don't know, this is just what I want. I need to book now!!


I love it, I need this now!

THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS.. Oh my god what does this mean?
I have too many idea's, I just need this now
2016? Rafe or Kaden? Oh my heart!
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved every page. I enjoyed the slower pace, the character development and how books 1 and 2 tied in perfectly. This series is the (good) slow burn you've been looking for :) ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
MAN. This series made me feel so many things! I thoroughly enjoyed this final installment and I'm super pleased with how everything ended up. However, I am taking one star off though bc there were times when it got really slow (especially since this book is like 200 pages longer than its predecessors!) and there was one romance in here that felt just a little too convenient for my tastes. But other than that, this was a great conclusion to a great series that I will definitely be revisiting agai ...more

Buddy-read with Katerina & Vira (click on names to check girls' reviews *whispers* they are awesome, you won't regret reading them, I promise). So, we are planning to visit Dalbreck soon, right? (Kate promised we would go). And I would like to link Sarah's review. Though we didn't read this book together, all the feels, guys! You must read the review and feel them too!

When we lose a battle, we have to regroup and move forward again. Choose an alternate path if necessary. But if we dwell on ever

Anja H.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"Darkness was a beautiful thing. The kiss of a shadow. A caress as soft as moonlight."

Mary E. Pearson truly stole my heart with these books!
Another trilogy finished.
Another story I will never forget.
This is one of those book trilogies that will forever go down as one of the best I've ever read. Whatever she's publishing next, I'm reading it! When I started these, I actually cursed myself for waiting so long to give these a shot, but now I'm actually glad I waited. B
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3), Mary E. Pearson

Enjoyed The third and final book of the Remnant Chronicles series. I really liked how it ended.

In this book, Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and sus
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-2019, fantasy-ya
➸ 5 stars

The kiss of deception was one of my first YA fantasy books that I read and it is the book that get me into reading fantasy. I will miss all these characters so much. I just want to pickup Dance of Thieves now because I heard that there's the appearance of Lia in that book.

Overall, I think this is a very good series for those who want to start getting into fantasy genre and prefer political-intrigued fantasy books with great romance, great character development, great plot, great writin
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me after reading about the outcome of the love triangle: y'all ever heard of polyamorous relationships tho???????? ...more
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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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