The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 1
Release date: July 8, 2014
Published by: Henry Holt and Co./Macmillan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Princess Lia runs from her destiny as the First Daughter on her wedding day to not only hide that she doesn't have the gift of sight, but to also finally live a life that is hers alone. A chance at love is all she is hoping for. Of course there is no where she can go that her old life cannot find her she will find and both the Prince and an Assassin follow her to her new life in a far away town where she has remade herself into a peasant. Will she be able to keep her secrets safe? Or will her deceptions be unraveled?
My thoughts: Wow! I cannot figure out where this one fits! I spent the whole time thinking...is this magic? Is this fantasy? It is, but it isn't. There's SO much of that in this book. The "it is, but it isn't." In the end it is a story of a daughter who is bound by her parents to another kingdom in marriage to their prince who she has never met before, but on the morning of her wedding she ends up making a very interesting choice to find her own path instead.
The path that Lia chooses takes her to a far away village where she chooses to cast off her royal upbringing in favor of a life of serving drinks and food in a bar! And she likes it. Then two men show up who both seem to be showing her an awful lot of attention...are they really interested in her because there is a rumor that an assassin is on her trail as well. Will Lia be able to keep her secrets safe and also be able to keep her friends and herself safe with assassins on the loose? And there seems to be more going on then just an assassin on the loose...there seems to be war-clouds gathering. Will Lia be able to stay incognito as long as she'd hoped? Or will she have to reveal herself to help save the kingdom? Will she continue to choose to save herself? Or will she choose to save the people?
Final thoughts: The CLIFFHANGER!!! AHHH!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2 and I have SOOOO long to wait! This was a long one, but so interesting in its weaving and telling. I really enjoyed all of the characters and all of the story. What a great book! Well done Pearson! Well done indeed!
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