The Beauty Of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Three by Mary E. PearsonThe Beauty Of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Three by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty Of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Three

byMary E. Pearson

Hardcover | August 2, 2016

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The third and final book in the New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles.

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.

In this heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy that started with The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance. New York Times-bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance, and action makes this a riveting YA page-turner for teens.

Read all of The Remnant Chronicles:
The Kiss of Deception
The Heart of Betrayal
The Beauty of Darkness

Praise for The Remnant Chronicles:

A New York Times Bestselling Series

"Readers will be gripping pages from the nerve-wracking start through the heart-stopping ending. . . . Pearson's Remnant Chronicles is an epic YA series to get behind." -Romantic Times on The Beauty of Darkness

"Fantastical." -USA Today for The Kiss of Deception

"A sumptuous fantasy." -Chicago Tribune for The Kiss of Deception

"In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world." -VOYA for The Kiss of Deception

Mary E. Pearson is the author of eight novels for teens, including The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and the acclaimed Jenna Fox Chronicles. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California.
Title:The Beauty Of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book ThreeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 8.48 × 5.77 × 2.14 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0805099255

ISBN - 13:9780805099256


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Long, Drawn-Out Ending I love thick books. I do - because usually, I'm so immersed in the world that I don't want the story to end. But in this case, I'm more than ready to move on from the Remnant Chronicles, and find something better. My main complaint about this third - and, thankfully, final - book in the trilogy is the sheer size of it. Nearly 700 pages... for a "happily ever after" type of ending. After three kingdoms have gone to war and the book has been filled with bloodshed and tears (on the characters' parts, at least) it seems just a little too convenient to suddenly just tie everything up into a nice little bow and say, "Ta-da!" Everything just fell so neatly into place, which, to me, is completely unrealistic for kingdoms and people recovering from war. Also, the constant switching between POVs. I know the previous two books also had several character perspectives, but in this one, three or four character POVs could share one chapter. And the entire book is written in first-person, so it takes a second to figure out who's talking now, and to adjust to the sudden change in setting. Everyone sounded the same to me. Overall, I suppose it could be said that it's satisfying to see everyone get a pleasant ending for their stories, but it felt like it was too perfect, to me, and ended too abruptly for such a long, drawn-out story. Honestly, I feel like the length could have been cut down, without losing anything vital from the book. I'm glad I read the trilogy, but even more thankful that I'm finished with it.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The End of another book Era !!! **Spoilers Within** So I will start this off with ... I love this series. The Kiss of Deception was one of the best books I have read.. probably ever. This book cover is stunning just like the previous 2...and I wanted to beyond love this novel.. and I really did enjoy it.. but at the same time.. I didn't. The Lia that I fell in love with in Heart of Betrayal, was not the same Lia in this story. She was single minded, and too focused on her own goals that she pushed everyone way...they all understood but .. it just seemed forced. Rafe was crazy and beyond controlling in this novel...which wasn't really surprising, but he wasn't the sweet guy that the readers fell in love with in the first two books. He had a lot to deal with just in this novel, and it seemed like Lia couldn't see it from his point of view.. which was frustrating at times. And Kaden...matured and grew as a character...but I honestly wanted him and Lia to be together. I thought their heart to hearts in book two really were solidifying something serious with them. And I felt like they were both wanting the same thing with Venda.. to build a new tradition and forge forward together...however every step of the way in this book, it was pushed on us that no matter what it wasn't going to be anything greater than friendship ...and that would have been okay.. other than Pauline. I like Pauline and Kaden as characters but I just don't see them together, it seemed pretty random and happened so fast. Other than maybe Rhys... Kaden feels like he wants to prove he could be a better father than what he had. You might be reading this and think .. well what did you like about this novel.. and the honest answer is a lot. There was much more world building, expanding into places to explore, a lot of the lies were uncovered, the deceptions of the council and who was involved, Kaden's discovery. His story line was probably my favourite. I was a bit disappointed about the whole battle at the end.. it wasn't very long, and switched points of views too much.. I wanted more detail
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing conclusion! What an epic final novel to this trilogy! I LOVED this novel. Actually, this may have been my favourite of the three. It had everything I wanted as a final novel. It had adventure, suspense, excitement, and romance (plus that semi-love triangle was finally put to rest). It also had me feeling....all of the feels. Seriously, one second I'd be all emotional, then happy, then angry. Talk about one heck of an emotional roller coaster. I devoured this book and I really didn't want to put it down. In case you think I'm exaggerating, let me give you some context: I read this 679 page book in less than 24 hours. It was THAT good! Now that this book is over, I really cannot wait for more from Mary E Pearson. I actually hope she stays within the genre of fantasy/romance/adventure because she did it really well. Definitely would recommend this series! I was happily surprised with how much I enjoyed the series as a whole but especially this final novel. If you haven't read this series yet, go now and pick it up, thank me later!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic conclusion A fitting ending, I only wish there was more!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this, great ending but I wish there was more!! I'm a sucker for happy endings and theirs feels unfinished.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a riveting finish to The Remnant Chronicles. A series that will not be forgotten. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I enjoy the melancholy undertone that permeates this book. The story line and conclusion were fantastic in all aspects but one. I wish there was a more solid conclusion for Lia and Rafe, it just wasn't satisfying enough.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait The first book wasn't so great. Took forever to get moving. But the second was well worth the wait and this final one ending the series on a high note. Didn't expect so much from it.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't satisfied with the conclusion I'm an outlier for sure, so read this if you liked the first two anyway, but I didn't feel satisfied by this conclusion. Compared to what we get to know about Venda, we learn very little about the politics or cultures of the other kingdoms and the confrontations in this book feel anticlimactic. There's also a rushed romance. I wasn't feeling it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from astonishing I was surprised how well this ending turned out. Throughout most of the book I thought that there were so many things that were going on and I wondered how Pearson would give us a good conclusion, but she delivered. Great!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.3 Stars! I really enjoyed this series. It was awesome with twist and turns at every corner. Filled with strong and interesting characters and even a love triangle, this was definitely one of my favorite trilogies. I loved the plot and the details of Lia's mesmerizing world. I would definitely recommended this trilogy to fans of fantasy novels.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying Conclusion As Lia and Rafe flee Venda with Kaden and a handful of vengeful Vendans on their heels, Lia fears the worst, desperate to return to Venda. But Rafe is terrified of putting Lia in anymore danger, and his love quickly become smothering, pushing the two further apart as they find themselves at a cross-purposes, each with their own country in mind. Finally, Lia is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision, leaving Rafe and her companions behind, striking out for Morrighan with only Kaden at her side. Her mission will involve plenty of danger, espionage and betrayal, as she seeks to root out the traitors in Morrighan’s court and redeem herself, all before the Komizar arrives to destroy everything she loves. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to find a balance between his duty as King and his love for Lia. Finding himself forced to an impossible decision, Rafe rushes to Morrighan with an army on his heels. Everything comes to a head as Rafe, Kaden and Lia finally stand as a united front in the face of true evil – the Komizar. In battle, each will make impossible decisions, forever changing the course of their lives and the trajectory of their kingdoms. The Beauty of Darkness is a story of loss, strength and war. No character escapes change as they come face to face with both internal and external horrors, which force them to question their decisions, their loyalties, and their future. Lia, Kaden and Rafe each face impossible decisions, and their choices render them completely bare before the reader, solidifying them as potentially some of the strongest and most human characters I have ever read in the Young Adult Fantasy genre (4/5).
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect Ending I wish I could rate this book higher because it really was well written and it really was an epic story. But my problem was with some of the characters' actions. I'll get back to that, but let's start with the good: The story was long (so long), but it was great. Lia, Rafe, and Kaden definitely went on a journey to learn, rebuild, and adapt, and though at times it seemed like a drag, I really felt like I was on this incredible, suspenseful journey with them. There were some twists and action and a pretty tense ending. But my issue was the turn the Rafe's story took. I loved him in the last couple books, but in this one he drove me crazy for over half of it, which is not a good sign for book that's almost 700 pages long. I understood his position and his choices, but they made me want to rip out my hair. Same with Lia, but I was more sympathetic toward her. I was happy with Kaden's story, and overall, the ending brought the closure I needed. Still, I just didn't love it as much as the last books. Again, not to say that it wasn't well written and I can see why other readers love it so much. Yet for me, this was a bit of a letdown. Still recommend giving it a chance though!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I thought this book was simply amazing!!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series This book was the perfect conclusion to a great series. I'll definitely be reading this series over again.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav new series For me, all my favorite books are by Sarah J Maas and I have never found an author that makes me enjoy a book as much as she does, but Mary E Pearson did it for me in this amazing book and I think everyone needs to read this series
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty perfect story That was about perfect. I can't think of anything negative to say about it at all. It was so rich in characters, emotions, relationships, conflict and life lessons. "There were many ways to sacrifice a life, and not all of them ended in dying".
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Excellent end to a series. Hard to put down!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) I could not stop reading this, just amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Ending Although I thought the series itself was o.k., not incredibly unique and interesting, Pearson ended this book very well. The ending was perfect, I really liked it.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not wowed but a great end to the series Lia has survived Venda, narrowly escaping with her life. With Rafe and his men by her side, she is hoping her battle with the Komizar has left her victorious. With each passing day, the hope that the Komizar was dead dwindles and she hopes that she isn't too late to warn Morrighan of the terrible army the Komizar has assembled and will certainly destroy everything and everyone she loves. Barely strong enough to stand on her own, her gift comes with a warning and the group must embark on their journey back to Morrighan sooner than anticipated. Kaden is on a mission, find Lia. The Komizar is alive and had ordered his men to find and bring Lia back to Venda alive. Her battle with the Komizar only served to unleash his wrath and he wants her to pay dearly. It wasn't before long he and an injured Griz were upon Lia and the men. Lia is weary of Kaden's motives and her relationship with Rafe is put to the test as they seem to have opposing goals. As the future of all the kingdoms are at stake, Lia faces the insurmountable task of weeding out the traitors and somehow defeat the impossible. Like all good book series, this one comes to a close and although I absolutely loved the first two books, this one leaves me with something more to be desired. It just doesn't live up to the first two and I find myself slightly disappointed. We see plenty more character development and relationships are forever changed. This story was an emotional one for me, making me tear up more than once. The largest of the three in the series, I feel like there's a whole lot of nothing going on and was rather anticlimactic. The author's wonderful wording in the first two novels seems pale in comparison with this one and the direction she takes with most of the characters is not one I was expecting. Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed this book and I could not stop reading it. I loved the first half of the book. The word building, the mystery of what was to come and the connection of the characters were wonderful. I simply could not get enough! It was a seamless transition from one book to another and I was feeling like I should rush through it to find out what happens to all the characters I have grown to love. The second half of the story is where I felt like things were going downhill, fast. There was just so much potential to the various scenarios Pearson gave us that I felt were rushed through, leaving me wanting more. The story was very slowly building-up to the ending that it fell a little short to me and it was over far too quickly. I'm not sure if it is because there was so much riding of the end of things that when it finally came to a head, it simply had me wondering, is that it? Not that the ending was terrible but I think that I invested so much into this story and the characters I just didn't want things to end. Maybe? Despite the feeling of shortcomings, this series is defiantly worth picking up and would recommend it to everyone. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending to a great series! Read the first book when it first came out and waited for the last one patiently and wasn't disappointed!
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Ending to an Amazing Series! From the very beginning after reading The Kiss of Deception I knew immediately that this series was going to be amazing. Well, Mary E. Pearson did not disappoint me in the last her Remnant series. I just wish the story wasn't over!! Lia is tougher than ever as you dive deeper into this fantastic fantasy world! You will just devour this beautiful book!! Even after reading the book I will definitely will be re-reading this amazing series because every reference is important. The book does start where we left off in The Heart of Betrayal where we see Rafe and Lia are rescued and start making their journey back home. While I loved Kaden, Rafe just won my heart in one swoop- especially during some scenes!! The Beauty of Darkness was everything that I expected. I still enjoyed the point of views from Lia, Rafe, Kaden and Pauline. All the relationships between the characters felt real especially with everything that happened. The characters were themselves throughout the entire series and they even showed that they can be flawed. Since the series began, Pearson woven together the books of History of Gaudrel, Song of Venda and Last words of Morrighan as very important keys to what the characters would have to face as well as wisdom. I found it fascinating how it wove together perfectly with the world building. Hopefully we will see a novella that explain more of these stories! The entire plot was built in pefect order to the very end to see if Lia will defeat the enemy who will meet his end. Well at times I felt like my heart was breaking through some scenes (Lia and Rafe) it was definitely worth it with that ending and even some specific scenes (page 210 ish) Here I'll give you a preview: "You are what matters to me, Lia. If you don't know that already, I'll find a hundred more ways to show you." I was swooning at this moment. Overall, I loved The Beauty of Darkness. This series is a must read and you will devour them all so quickly as it will also become one of your favorites. Mary E. Pearson, I am already looking forward to your next book series (hopefully out soon) or I would be happy with more Lia, Rafe, Kaden and Pauline. Thank you for creating this world that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Date published: 2016-08-06

Editorial Reviews

"Pearson has created such a dynamic and inspiring heroine.... Fantasy fans will love this marvelous, high-action conclusion to the trilogy." -School Library Journal

"Full and rich." -Booklist

"Pearson is an excellent storyteller.... She brings an ambitious trilogy to a rousing conclusion." -The Horn Book