The Heart of Betrayal: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Two by Mary E. PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Two by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Two

byMary E. Pearson

Hardcover | July 7, 2015

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Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape . . . and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has a magical gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile, the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs are crumbling beneath her. Nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to her, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized by the kingdoms of Dalbreck and Morrighan. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people . . . and her own destiny.

Mary E. Pearson is the author of eight novels for teens, including THE KISS OF DECEPTION and the acclaimed Jenna Fox Chronicles. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
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Title:The Heart of Betrayal: The Remnant Chronicles, Book TwoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.44 × 5.48 × 1.5 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0805099247

ISBN - 13:9780805099249

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT!!!!! Such a great sequel!!! Read this!!! So much happened!!!
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much Better Than The First Book After dragging myself through The Kiss Of Deception, I put off reading the second book for some time, but this was a major improvement from the first. The love triangle is still going strong, but the world-building has greatly improved, and there's more to the plot than simply a headstrong princess and two would-be suitors. The main antagonist of this story is truly vile, and yet he has desires and characteristics that make him human, and which, in turn, make him a fantastic villain. I won't say that I'm loving the series, but I am enjoying it enough to look forward to the next and final book.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great sequel to Book 1, I wonder how Pearson is going to bring this trilogy to a conclusion in Book 3. If you read my review of The Kiss of Deception, you'll know that I really was entranced by the first book in this series. Pearson kept the tension high as she didn't reveal Rafe and Kaden's true identities until almost the very end of the book. That really hooked me as a reader. I have to admit as I turned to Book 2, I had my doubts whether she could keep the tension as high. Admittedly the tension was different in this book in the series. But, despite the mystery being revealed, this book really focused on Lia and her growth as a character as she began to mature into a true heroine. In fact, all the main characters in this book really continued to develop. A great sequel to Book 1, I wonder how Pearson is going to bring this trilogy to a conclusion in Book 3.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it its so addicting, you cant put it down until its finished
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sequel This is the second book in the series, and as the first book it was a wonderful read. I read this book through within a matter of days as well as I did the first one. The characters are dynamic and plausible. There is without a doubt that this book is one of the best ones written within its year. The conflict between Kaden and Raef is believable and also dynamic. This conflict makes the reader conflicted between who the strong female lead should choose. At times you want Kaden to win her heart and at other times you want Raef to. The description of the surrounding area and setting into which the characters are thrown are so vividly written that the reader feels as if they are truly there themselves. It is as if you are yourself a separate character witnessing the events as they unfold.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good second book. Very interesting. Only trying to decide who she should end up with.... Kaden or Rafe?
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this series is SO! GOOD! these books just get better and better. Mary is such an incredible writer. Her plot twists truly do surprise you and the romance sucks you in and leaves you completely breathless. i just cannot say enough good things about this series!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am in love with this series! Mary E. Pearson writes so beautifully, I can't help but to read the same parts over and over again. I was completely drawn to the characters, the story is incredible, and her writing is exquisite. The only negative thing I can think of for any of the books in this series is that the cover for this one isn't consistant with the others, the character is pulled back. But that's minor in comparison to the content of the book (and yes, the cover is still beautiful, but I prefer the other two). I'm re-reading 'The Heart of Betrayal' at the moment and I'm loving it just as much as I did the first time.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BETTER THAN THE FIRST LIA YES! KADEN YES! RAFE YES! OMG THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSS I love this series! The second book of the Remnant Chronicles had me blown away!? Putting this book down is practically impossible!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Such a great storyline and I loved the depth of these characters. So much complexity and character development! I'm looking forward to the end of the series to find out how it all ends.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS SERIES This book was SO FREAKING good! I love the characters and the world and the writing! Gah! It fulfills my love of historical fiction and fantasy and romance and a strong female lead that I don't want to punch! Even better than the first book!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game Changer! I LOVE THIS BOOK !!! Such a great second novel, cant wait for the third book... I loved Kaden in this book. I love that we get to learn the customer of this part of the world that everyone else has forgotten. This novel is an absolute game changer for me in this series. It's fantastic ! Kaden is definitely my book boyfriend for this series !! I love Rafe too in the first 2 novels, but the third totally ruins his character for me!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from That ending though! The majority of this novel was a 3.5 star read for me: I liked the story, it was an easy style to read, and it was an enjoyable read overall. I continued to like the main character of Lia as well as additional characters we were introduced to like Calantha and Aster. As well as Rafe's motley crew. I found with this novel, it was hard to identify which characters who were going to be "good" versus who would be traitorous or "bad". Also: Komizar. Bravo, Mary E. Pearson: you wrote one heck of a villain. I don't think I could have disliked him more! Let me just say I was happy for the result of page 457. I continue to question how I feel about Kaden. Well, I don't question about a romance, my answer to that is: please no. I feel like we read a lot from Kaden's perspective (moreso than Rafe's) and I have a sneaky suspicion about who his father could be which would make this story kind of weird. But again, just as I'm ready to give up on him as an ally, he does something to redeem himself. Back to the beginning of this review. I said the majority of the novel was a 3.5 star read to me. The ending though! The ending (or last 50-100 pages) was another level of amazing. A 4 to 5 star rating. It had me entranced, it had me obsessed, and it had me on the edge of my seat as I couldn't read fast enough. Rafe probably is my favourite character at this point and the very ending had my heart breaking! I'm so glad I don't have to wait for the next novel in this series to get published because that wait would have been excruciating. I really am enjoying this series overall and I'm looking forward to reading more written by Mary E. Pearson in the future!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from That ending though! The majority of this novel was a 3.5 star read for me: I liked the story, it was an easy style to read, and it was an enjoyable read overall. I continued to like the main character of Lia as well as additional characters we were introduced to like Calantha and Aster. As well as Rafe's motley crew. I found with this novel, it was hard to identify which characters who were going to be "good" versus who would be traitorous or "bad". Also: Komizar. Bravo, Mary E. Pearson: you wrote one heck of a villain. I don't think I could have disliked him more! Let me just say I was happy for the result of page 457. I continue to question how I feel about Kaden. Well, I don't question about a romance, my answer to that is: please no. I feel like we read a lot from Kaden's perspective (moreso than Rafe's) and I have a sneaky suspicion about who his father could be which would make this story kind of weird. But again, just as I'm ready to give up on him as an ally, he does something to redeem himself. Back to the beginning of this review. I said the majority of the novel was a 3.5 star read to me. The ending though! The ending (or last 50-100 pages) was another level of amazing. A 4 to 5 star rating. It had me entranced, it had me obsessed, and it had me on the edge of my seat as I couldn't read fast enough. Rafe probably is my favourite character at this point and the very ending had my heart breaking! I'm so glad I don't have to wait for the next novel in this series to get published because that wait would have been excruciating. I really am enjoying this series overall and I'm looking forward to reading more written by Mary E. Pearson in the future!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from even better than the first! I can't wait to read more!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sequel I love Lia's character, her personality keeps you on your toes she's so sassy. Like the first book it's extremely well written and I can always visualize the scene which just sucks you in and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the final book.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it The characters are really well drawn out. You feel like you are actually in the story
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was so well written I felt like I was actually walking the streets of Venda and sharing the fears of all the characters. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great sequel Mary E. Pearson always does a great job of developing her characters and building the relationships between them. The characters learn and grow a lot individually and together in this book. The Heart of Betrayal is a great sequel - I highly recommend this whole series.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first This book is probably the best of the trilogy. It really gets into the setting and keeps tension high for the characters. I feel like the third book is disappointing in comparison, but if you read The Kiss of Deception and really wanted to see what happens, this book won't let you down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from STRONG Character Building The best part of this book was the strong character building continuation from the first. Lia is a force to be reckoned with! I loved the dynamics between Lia, Kaden, Rafe and The Komizar. Beautifully written scenes, strong characters, real emotions. I especially loved getting to know Kaden even more in this book and it actually made me like him a bit and root for him. The pace of the book was perfect up until the end where I felt they rushed things a bit. This book for me also had a lot to live up to as I absolutely adored the plot twist in the first book so this second book had higher expectations. I felt because the first book caught me completely off guard that I was now on the look out for anymore potential plot twists, therefore catching them before they came. Other than that, an amazing sequel and I cannot wait to see how this beautiful story concludes.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good follow up It was nice to see some growth in the main characters and to see the scope of the plot continue to expand.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the First When the first book ended, Lia was being dragged to Venda as a prisoner. While trying to find a way to escape, Lia discovers Venda and it's people are more than Barbaric.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than book 1! ''The Heart of Betrayal'' by Mary E. Pearson is a great sequel or perhaps even better than the first book in the series. I have absolutely no complaints for this book. The world in which this story takes place in, is described so beautifully. Venda was always described as a barbaric kingdom, however in this book we can finally see that Venda has it's own beautiful traditions, songs, religious texts and rituals. I absolutely loved the love triangle. I'm always able to quickly pick a side, but it's so hard since we get to see much more of Kaden in this book. I forgot to mention this for the review on the first book, but Lia...I loved her in the first book. But she just gets even better in the second. She's really intellectually strong and determined. I love the way she can manipulate politically according to her environment. Again this book ends with a cliffhanger. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Sequels can always be iffy, but this one does not disappoint. Highly recommend this series
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Sequel Betrayed by Kaden, an assassin sent to kill her, Lia finds herself captured and being transported through rough terrain to the barbarian kingdom of Venda. Lia has always believed the Vendans to be barbarians, but the more she lives among them, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Rafe too has thrown himself into the hands of the Vendans, desperate to save Lia, with whom he has fallen deeply in love. But as he and Lia struggle to be together, and to find a way to escape, Lia finds herself increasingly embroiled in Vendan affairs, and in the Komizar’s plans. Furthermore, Lia struggles with her gift, unsure what she can do, and how it can be used to free herself and help the Vendans she is slowly coming to understand, and maybe even care for. Kaden is desperate to protect Lia from the Komizar’s cruel power, but unwilling to let her go. And Rafe is equally desperate to save Lia, to free them both, and warn their kingdoms of the coming danger – because the Komizar is readying an army, and war is on the horizon. The Heart of Darkness is a story of individual growth, of love in the face of impossible odds, and off impossible choices, all leading towards a final, heart-shattering conclusion. Lia, Kaden and Rafe are once again easy to relate to, and their struggles are heart-breaking to read. The reader will find themselves drawn in by the sheer humanity infused into this tale, irregardless of the plot. That being said, the story Pearson weaves here is equally masterful, once again keeping a fast-paced plot with plenty of twists, but still finding a way to make sure the reader isn’t left behind (4/5).
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steadily Paced Sequel I warred over the rating for this one for while before settling on 4.5. Though the pacing was relatively similar to the previous novel, I enjoyed this one a lot more. The story was a lot more suspenseful and exciting. I liked the new characters brought in and the Kozimar really is terrifying to behold. I liked the world building and the scenes that forced the three central characters to adapt to their situations, though it was clear that Kaden got the short end of the stick. The tension was palpable throughout, likely brought on by so many betrayals and deceptions. I really enjoyed the ending and the dialogue was wonderful, as usual. That said, it felt like a really, really long book to me. I was hoping for a little more action, but I still liked it enough to rate it high and would recommend it to anyone looking for suspense regarding royalty and the true trials of romance. I'm excited to see how it concludes from here!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series 4.5 Stars. The main reason I gave this book five stars, rounding up from 4.5, is because of Lia. She's my favorite kind of heroine, smart and determined and clever and fearless. She has her faults, generally her good qualities in excess (as faults usually are) but they neither drag her down nor disappear to make her a saint. I loved how clever and witty she was - she has a serious way with words. In this book, I finally got to see her as a princess in every sense of the word, and it was really great. I also really like the worldbuilding and lore in this fantasy world. Nearly dystopian in its origins, but with a definite fantasy feel, I was tantalized and teased by the many details and aspects of the world and the religion and the lore. This book largely escaped Middle Book Syndrome, but fell prey in that it introduced and revealed much and answered and explained very little. I'm looking forwards to the final book in the series to get all of this wrapped up. I was really glad when the love triangle didn't take up as much space in the book as it did in its predecessor. At least, from Lia's point of view, there was a lot less of a love triangle - the boys spent plenty of time worrying about it, but that's their problem. Lia at least knew what she was doing, so it was okay with me. Overall, a really strong middle book in a series I'm beginning to think will be a major favorite.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I don't really have words to explain how much I loved this book! I rated the first at 3.5 stars because I loved the characters but nothing really seemed to happen. I had a feeling that it was just setting up for book 2, but I could not have imagined just how wonderful it would be. The cast of characters is so rich and complex and so much is not what it seems to be. I am so glad that I don't have to wait for book 3...except that I do have to wait just a bit because Empire of Storms came out today!!!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel Love this book! So, so, so good :) If you hadn't read this series, go read it now! You won't regret it! Just be warned, the romance in this series is so hard to pick a favourite. I must say that this series is probably one of the hardest series for me to choose a favourite between the love triangle. Rafe and Kaden are both so nice, cool, loyal and smart. But that aside, the story line is fantastic. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel Better than the first book. The integration of the story with the myth was beautiful. Love the characters introduced in this book.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much better than the first one Big improvement from the first book. Looking forward to the next book, hopefully the series continues to improve.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This was really one of my first trilogy series I've read and this second book did not disappoint. I was so glad I had this book waiting for me when I burned through the first one. The characters are easy to love (and hate at times). Lia is probably one of my favourite fictional characters in any book that I've read.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great I loved this book but the first book was better in my opinion
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kinda good It was slower in the beginning but then as the story progressed it got better.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel Sometimes, the sequel of a book isn't as great as the first. The Heart of Betrayal isn't one of those books. I loved this one just as much, if not more, than the first. I have such a book hangover, I can't even begin The Beauty of Darnkness. Resuming were we last saw them, Lia and Rafe are taken as prisoners into Venda living at the mercy of the cruel and calculating Komizar. Their situation is dire and know there is little opportunity of escaping their harsh suroundings. Seperated from Rafe, Lia has no allies in Venda and she doesn't know who she can trust. Slowly, Lia begins to form small alliances with the residents of Venda and begins to see that things may not be what they initially appeared. However, Lia's position and life in Venda is a precarious one and has to rely on Kaden's lies and relationship with the Komizar to stay alive. Rafe is also perpetrating the lie he told that gained him passage into Venda as the Royal Emissary to the Prince of Dalbreck, biding his time until his men can sneak into the kingdom and aid their escape. As if her situation wasn't complicated enough, Lia also has to sort out her feelings for Rafe, the lies he told her in Terravin but who also risked everything to protect her. And then there's Kaden who, instead of killing her as he was ordered to, lied about her having the gift to keep her alive. This book kept me on the edge, cringing at the numerous twists the author spins. Superb story line delivery and the ending! Hello cliffhanger! It left me wondering if Pearson was going to pull off a Veronica Roth on us.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT it was super good! Although it did lose most of it's intrigue compared to the first book (I mean, now we know who's who) it was still super interesting! I loved discovering more about Venda's culture and seeing more about Kaden and actually understanding why he is the way he is. I'm super excited for the ext book, I'm sure we will see kingdoms clash together and see former allies fall apart.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series is amazing! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this series! Princess Lia is one of the best fictional characters. I've been rooting for her since day 1 and I adore her with all my heart. This sequel surpassed all my expectations and more. Pick this series up if you want politics, romance, fantasy and power struggles.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Sequel EVER! Need More! I am going to say this now, pre-order this book immediately!!! The Heart of Betrayal really reflects the book from the setting to the entire plot! Even when I am writing this review, I am in utter shock after reading it. This sequel will create an epic book hangover that will leave you craving more and make your jaw drop. It was more intriguing than the first book, The Kiss of Deception. Like the first book, the novel is told from Lia, Kaden, Rafe and Pauline. It picks up right where it left us. It explored more of the world of Venda, the kingdom that is holding Lia captive and wants her dead (When the assassin was sent to get her). I loved how Mary E. Pearson created this world that when you read it you can imagine what is happening in your mind. As well as meeting new characters like the evil Komizar, who is the ruler of Venda (really good villain). You can get the sense that there are many secrets that are being revealed throughout the book because by the end of the book you will want to know what is going to happen next! Lia is one tough princess that continues to hold her own and adapt to this other world that she is not usually in, even with making plans. She is very smart and always tries to learn her surroundings when she is in Venda. But I would say that love is one of her vulnerabilities because as many of you know there is a love triangle and as the reader I’m still wondering who she is going to end up with because even my heart is torn with both Rafe and Kaden despite what they did in the books. Really looking forward to what Pearson is going to do for the last book! The Heart of Betrayal had a lot of details and the plot sucked me in immediately! I could not put this book down! Thank you Mary E. Pearson for giving me a book hangover by the end of the book because that last 10% was amazing!!! It had action, romance, suspense, death (mostly everything that makes me happy). It was the perfect sequel that makes you crave for more!! I am eagerly waiting what is going to happen next! If you haven't read The Kiss of Deception, I recommend you pick it up ASAP. (now I want to reread it)
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Of course I haven't read it yet, but I can't wait to read this one! I just completed reading the first book and absolutely loved it. I am anxiously awaiting this one!
Date published: 2014-12-21

Editorial Reviews

"It's rare that the second book in a series is as good-or perhaps better-than the first, but that's the case here. . . . Anticipation for the next volume will start as soon as this one is put down.
" -Booklist, starred review

"A heart-pounding sequel that fantasy fans will appreciate." -School Library Journal

"Solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment." -Kirkus Reviews