Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Kiss of Deception
2. The Heart of Betrayal
Date Started: April 4
Date Finished: April 7
Format: Hardcover from local library
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 conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, 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.
Another book in this series where I am undecided. I liked how this book tied everything together. I liked how Lia redeemed herself not only to her own people, but with the Venda as well. I even liked how the love triangle was resolved. But, there were a few times during The Beauty of Darkness that I felt that Lia, Rafe, Kaden and the others were just…there. Sometimes their chapters felt more like placeholders then plot forwarding. Like for instance, Pauline’s chapter about following Andres around? Other than to prove that what the old housekeeper said about him was false, what was the point of her following him? And then there was Rafe’s character. I loved him in book 1 and 2, so when he started acting controlling towards Lia I was surprised. Was I going to have a Tamlin from ACOMAF situation on my hands? Because he was seriously headed in that direction with all the ‘You can’t go back to Morrighan, it isn’t safe’ stuff that he was spewing. Like I get that he was concerned for her safety and that he needed to get back to his country to take over the throne before it was usurped, but… Really. You know how strong Lia is. She is one princess that is more soldier than lady.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I was still thoroughly entertained with this book, it just lagged in some places. I also didn’t like how the corruption in the Morrighan court wasn’t fully explained. There had to be something else other than a power grab. As for the ending, I’m happy that it didn’t end all ‘And the prince kissed his princess and they lived happily ever after.’ I would have been really bummed if it had.
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