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.
The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.
Lia is a young princess doomed to an arranged marriage with an unknown prince in another kingdom, their union an instrument of a needed alliance. On the day of her wedding, Lia flees with a trusted friend, Pauline, traveling until they reach a seaside town where Lia assumes a life as a barmaid at a local inn, reveling in her newfound anonymity. After two handsome young men, Rafe and Kaden, arrive at the inn, Lia is taken with both, and they with her; readers, unlike Lia, know that one is an assassin sent to kill her, the other, the prince she jilted. Pearson (the Jenna Fox Chronicles) is off to an extraordinary start with her fantasy series, the Remnant Chronicles, creating an alluring world and romance that's ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore and Megan Whalen Turner. Peppered with excerpts from sacred texts and traditional songs, the novel has a formidable heroine at its core, who is as quick with a knife as she is to laugh or cry. Pearson maintains the mystery of Rafe and Kaden's identities, pulling readers through this masterfully crafted story. Ages 14 up.
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I love this book- this whole series- so much! The whole thing’s just a masterpiece ❤️❤️
I am just blown away, honestly. I actually read this book for the first time last year, but it has really stuck with me. I had to take a break halfway through because it was just so good and when I finished it, it stayed with me for weeks. I actually read the whole series in two days. Amazing world-building (not slow though, it’s more like the world just came into focus as the plot moved along) and character growth that is noticeable AND BELIEVABLE! Masterfully written, it makes me crazy to think that someone can be this genius.
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I borrowed this book from a library, and all I knew about it was that it was about a princess. So I sat down in an armchair next to my mom and started to read. I was instantly blown away by the story, and the characters. Everything about this book is just SO well done. The characters were so thought out and complex. There are twists and turns around every corner. This book will blow your mind, and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it.