Review: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

Published: August 2nd 2016 by Henry Holt
 Rating: 4 out of 5


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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.



This is a very weak 4 out of 5 for a book series that I've loved so far, but for me, fell way short of a promising ending. Not short in story, no, no. This book is 690-odd pages long, and it feels long too. Personally I think the author had too much story yet to tell for one book and BoD should have been the 3rd book out of 4. I think this is the reason why I wasn't loving the story from the start, and I really wanted to love it for Lia's sake.

In BoD, just like the first two there is a lot going on. Lia is badly injured from her escaping Venda. Rafe and his crew are taking care of her, though its difficult while they're themselves trying to flee cross-country back to Dalbreck. Lia begins to recover on the journey and manages to get to know her new comrades, as Rafe does. Soon they realise they're being followed. They catch Kaden and Gris and decide to tie them up and bring them along too. Sooner rather than later the group meet trouble, and need the two captives to fight Vendans adamant on recovering Lia. when they've dispatached their opponents the group decide to give Kaden and Gris free-rein.

Rafe insists that Lia's place is by his side, they are in love after all, and they should all return to Dalbreck. But Lia wants to return to Morrigan. This is where the relationship breaks down. Reluctantly, Rafe lets Lia go her own way, along with Kaden as her bodyguard. But resentment simmers underneath on both sides.

My first reaction to this was to agree with Lia. She must return home, despite what she's being told about being a fugitive. She has to get the truth back to her parents, and discover who's been making her father sick.

From here on in, Lia changes. She becomes a little more self-centred and tunnel visioned. Okay, I understand why. No one is fighting her battle but her, and she feels she is the only one who is able to stop the wickedness in the royal court. When she arrives in Morrigan she finds out her brothers have been sent away because of the danger.

Rafe also has to make sacrifices. He has to agree to a new union of marriage to be able to secure the army he needs when he assists Lia in Morrigan. This, of course, was a real shock, and somewhat smoothly dissolved later on in the story, which made me wonder if it was even necessary to begin with.

Thankfully, we have Pauline and Kaden's point of views to fall back on. Those two, who might be side characters, really add to the story and give you the full perspective, when Lia and Rafe become very single minded. Pauline and her friends become Lia's voice of reason, and together they prove what girl power is all about.

There are issues I have with the final battle. For instance, Lia 'knew' thanks to her gifts where the battle would take place, and also knew that the Komizar had survived. Plus, I thought the end of the battle was a little flaky with the Komizar dying as he did.

All in all, I did really enjoy the series and the story but thought the pressure of such a great ending was lost, and after a the finale didn't feel the hope I wanted to for the two heroes of the story.



About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of ten novels.  Her works include her latest trilogy, The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and the forthcoming The Beauty of Darkness which will be published in August. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and the other books in the series have been optioned for film, and A Room on Lorelei Street was a Golden Kite Award Winner. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband.

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