Sep 15th

Review of The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

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The Beauty of Darkness
4 Star Rating

Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date Published: August 2, 2016
Where I got the book: Borrowed from the public library
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

I am conflicted about my feelings for this book. I am sad to see it all ending, but I am also unsatisfied with the ending. Not because it’s terrible, just because this selfish reader didn’t get what she wanted. Am I allowed to be selfish? I’m not sure, but I am feeling quite selfish right now. I loved The Kiss of Deception. I am a fan of love triangles and that twist in KoD was excellent. I’m not ashamed to say I totally had the boys mixed up. I am also unabashedly Team Kayden. I love that barbarian assassin with every little piece of my cold, dark, selfish heart. I wanted him with Lia. The Heart of Betrayal was also fabulous. I loved that we got more history of The Remnant and Venda in general. I loved Venda. The culture and people of Venda are so very fascinating! I was still pretty upset that Lia was hanging on to Rafe, the man who doesn’t value her strengths or give her space to do what she feels is right. Kayden is obviously the better man. He has always respected Lia as a strong woman capable of making her own decisions; he just valued the people of his country more. That is very understandable. I don’t really feel Rafe held her in the same respect nor had the same motives when it comes to Lia, but that is in the past I guess.

The thing I love most about The Beauty of Darkness is Lia. Lia is so fierce in this book. She doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, she trusts her instincts, and she doesn’t take shit from anyone! She has grown from a frightened princess into a powerful monarch to be feared. I fist pumped the sky a few times when she made speeches and told people off. It was fabulous to watch her run the show in this book. I’m impressed with the amount of character growth in general. Rafe and Kayden have grown into slightly more respectable man-boys. I think it takes Rafe longer but that may be my bias talking. He does however start to trust her and let her make her own decisions. Kayden remains fiercely loyal to Lia and willing to do anything for her even though he understands she will never love him the way he loves her. It is a good man that can stay loyal to his feelings without constantly pushing for the romantic outcome he desires. Pauline has grown too. She is strong now, trusting herself and her decisions and willing to fight for Lia and those she loves.

The excellent world-building and writing continues in this book. It’s always nice seeing an author maintain quality all the way through a series; it is so easy to let things slip when you have a fan base. I applaud Mary Pearson for bringing her A game. I loved seeing more of the realm and hearing even more of the history of The Remnant. I think the only thing I can complain about, other than being Team Kayden, is the ending. It felt kind of rushed. I think I would have liked it if this book was actually split into two books. I wanted a longer final battle and more story about what happens after. It is still a good ending, I just personally wanted more. While things didn’t happen the way I wanted them to, I am still a little pleased with the resolution. There are believable endings for everyone and that is what matters. I’m sad to see this series end, and I sincerely hope to see more fantasy from Mary Pearson in the near future!

The Beauty of Darkness
4 Star Rating

Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date Published: August 2, 2016
Where I got the book: Borrowed from the public library
Want to buy the book? Here are our affiliates: AMAZON | Quail Ridge Books | Flyleaf Books
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

I am conflicted about my feelings for this book. I am sad to see it all ending, but I am also unsatisfied with the ending. Not because it’s terrible, just because this selfish reader didn’t get what she wanted. Am I allowed to be selfish? I’m not sure, but I am feeling quite selfish right now. I loved The Kiss of Deception. I am a fan of love triangles and that twist in KoD was excellent. I’m not ashamed to say I totally had the boys mixed up. I am also unabashedly Team Kayden. I love that barbarian assassin with every little piece of my cold, dark, selfish heart. I wanted him with Lia. The Heart of Betrayal was also fabulous. I loved that we got more history of The Remnant and Venda in general. I loved Venda. The culture and people of Venda are so very fascinating! I was still pretty upset that Lia was hanging on to Rafe, the man who doesn’t value her strengths or give her space to do what she feels is right. Kayden is obviously the better man. He has always respected Lia as a strong woman capable of making her own decisions; he just valued the people of his country more. That is very understandable. I don’t really feel Rafe held her in the same respect nor had the same motives when it comes to Lia, but that is in the past I guess.

The thing I love most about The Beauty of Darkness is Lia. Lia is so fierce in this book. She doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, she trusts her instincts, and she doesn’t take shit from anyone! She has grown from a frightened princess into a powerful monarch to be feared. I fist pumped the sky a few times when she made speeches and told people off. It was fabulous to watch her run the show in this book. I’m impressed with the amount of character growth in general. Rafe and Kayden have grown into slightly more respectable man-boys. I think it takes Rafe longer but that may be my bias talking. He does however start to trust her and let her make her own decisions. Kayden remains fiercely loyal to Lia and willing to do anything for her even though he understands she will never love him the way he loves her. It is a good man that can stay loyal to his feelings without constantly pushing for the romantic outcome he desires. Pauline has grown too. She is strong now, trusting herself and her decisions and willing to fight for Lia and those she loves.

The excellent world-building and writing continues in this book. It’s always nice seeing an author maintain quality all the way through a series; it is so easy to let things slip when you have a fan base. I applaud Mary Pearson for bringing her A game. I loved seeing more of the realm and hearing even more of the history of The Remnant. I think the only thing I can complain about, other than being Team Kayden, is the ending. It felt kind of rushed. I think I would have liked it if this book was actually split into two books. I wanted a longer final battle and more story about what happens after. It is still a good ending, I just personally wanted more. While things didn’t happen the way I wanted them to, I am still a little pleased with the resolution. There are believable endings for everyone and that is what matters. I’m sad to see this series end, and I sincerely hope to see more fantasy from Mary Pearson in the near future!

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