The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson book review

The second installment of The Remnant Chronicald is just as captivating as the first! This installmemt we are with the main character, Lia, as she circumnavigated the barbarian world of Venda. But she is not alone, Rafe her farmhand summer love has turned out to be the Prince of Dalbreck. The one she ran away from. Unbeknownst to Lia he found her and during a summer romance while pretending to be a tavern. Aid and he an out of work farmhand fell in love and when she was taken by the  barbarian Assassion to Venda, their sworn enemy he followed her. Now it’s just Lia and Rafe amid a barbarian kingdom with enough soldiers and firepower to destroy both of their provenices. They have to make it out alive not only to have their happy ending but to ensure their own people’s survival. But what costs are they willing to make to ensure their people’s survival?

Lia and Rafe find themselves in a web of secrets and lies to survive with the assassion, Kaden always on their trail. Even if Lia is the chosen in and can free the people of her own province from the wicked can she turn her back in the “barbarians” of Venda who support her and need her? There is still their leader, the Kozimar, who can thwart their plans. Lia has to be convincing to lead the double life in Venda and stay alive.

This book will have you on the edge of your seat! You will not want to put it down! As a history buff it really caught my attention that Venda was set in post apocalyptic Washington DC. As the story unfolds and you hear more of the “Ancients” story you become enthralled with finding out what happened to our civilization and how Lia navigates a dangerous path between love and loyalty to Rafe and her own heritage. 

My Rating: 5Stars

Overview from Goodreads

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 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 savages. Now that she lives among 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. 

Published By: Henry Holt

Publication Date: July 2015

Date Read: 12/3/2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 361


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