Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Published by Henry Holt & Co (BYR) on July 8, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
A FUN twist on a predictable story
The Kiss of Deception is an old story told in a new light. The Princess runs away from an arranged marriage thinking only of herself. She’s young, I can buy that. The Prince that she left high and dry decides to track her down to see just what kind of girl runs from duty. An old enemy of the kingdom takes the opportunity to send an assassin after the now unprotected Princess. Predictable premise, I feel. Here’s where it gets cool. Assassin or Prince, they both find the Princess in the little village she is hiding in as a tavern wench. They of course don’t let on that they know who she is, and hide who they truly are as well. The author ups the ante though, she doesn’t let you know which one is which! The good looking blonde with kind eyes, or the dark dashing man with stormy emotions? The book is fun in the sense that it’s a big game of who’s who. If you don’t sit and attempt to figure it out (because really it’s a little obvious) then you get to enjoy the ride not knowing who to root for. Will the Princess fall for the wrong man? Possibly! I’ve NEVER said this but, it’s a bit of a LOVE TRIANGLE DONE RIGHT!
It’s not just a fun story, the writing is done well. Plenty of character depth, some you’ll like and understand and some you will shake your head at, but the depth is there. The world building comes at just the right pace, it’s not front heavy with tons of family names or places to attempt to sort through. The world is rich with different cultures and religions. I have really enjoyed learning about the different cultures already and I think as the series develops we will see even more back story and depth.
A Touch of Magic
There is the beginning to some magic here, it isn’t fully flushed out but it’s definitely here. I can anticipate the sequels will see magic coming. More exploration of the rich history of the world and the why’s behind certain cultural teachings. I love the depth and the way that they aren’t just throwing fireballs willy-nilly from the start. There seems to be rules to the magic that are still being explored by our main character which is great. I love to see room to grow.
The Princess is very self centered and runs away from an arranged marriage thinking only of herself. However, life as it tends to begins to teach her lessons. The first has to do with her best friend and her love story. Then news from home slaps her in the face, she has acted selfishly and has cost the kingdom it’s much needed treaty with the foreign power she was engaged to. Duty is heavier than a loveless marriage. The Princess grows, she blossoms and she is a little bit kick-ass. I love it. I don’t always love her, or her decisions, but I can see where she is coming from and I loved watching her grow. She grows stronger, she can endure. I love this lesson.
Sum it up already
I loved The Kiss of Deception. It’s not Tolkien, but it was a great read that I will be recommending to friends. I even asked Tabitha if I could keep it… Yes, I liked it a little.