Book Review: The Heart of Betrayal

Title: The Heart of Betrayal
Author: Mary M. Pearson
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt
Rating: 4 Stars
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Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia's life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has a gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater then anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kedan, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country . . . and her own destiny.

My Review

I know, I know. I should have read this right after it was released, and right when it appeared on my doorstep. And I so regret that I didn't just drop everything I was doing to read The Heart of Betrayal,  my overall reaction from reading this book was, ( . . . ). No seriously, I'm at a loss for words. I really enjoyed this one. I loved seeing both old characters again and new ones too. Especially when it came to the Vendan characters, through these characters readers get a glimpse at Vendan culture and how their society worked as a whole. I felt as though Pearson focuses more on detail in this one, and due to this, it did take me longer to get through then I hoped. But that hardly mattered when it came to the last thirty pages, because just like in The Kiss of Deception, Pearson throws readers a bomb that leaves you praying for your life as you hang on a side of a cliff. (Pun intended.) And I love how she does this, she hasn't just made me love with this story again, but also her writing style and plot building as well. Packed full of power, manipulation, and suspense, The Heart of Betrayal is one read you're not going to want to miss!

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