Series Review: The Remnant Chronicles, by Mary E. Pearson

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Title: The Remnant Chronicles. 1. The Kiss of Deception 2. The Heart of Betrayal 3. The Beauty of Darkness

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Genre: YA High Fantast

Published: 2014, 2015, 2016

Pages: 486, 470, 680

My Rating: 4/5, 4/5, 3/5


Synopsis of the first installment from Goodreads:

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


Hello Everyone,

welcome to my Series Review of The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. I rear the first book of the series in 2016, and just finished reading the third book. This is a YA Fantasy that is really good for those who are intimidated by the genre. Especially the first book provides a good introduction into the Remnant world, and if it was not for the prophecy, this trilogy features no magic at all.

Overall, this is a good trilogy. It does not suffer from a second-book syndrome, and it does feature some important elements for today’s social debated, such as a strong female lead, and strong female characters. However, there is an instance in the third book which I want to discuss, because I found it to be problematic. You will find it in the spoilery section of this review. Keep on reading to know my non-spoilery thoughts about these books.

SPOLER-FREE SECTION

  • Plot: I have recently seen an interview with the author, where she explains that she does not plot her books. When she said this, I realized what was the missing element in the novels, and that is a clear, well-thought-out plot. Throughout the trilogy the events are mostly logical and well connected, however, especially in the third novel, I thought that some elements were a bit forced or maybe just introduced later. This is a character-driven trilogy, and even though the plot is mostly consistent, I do think it needed a little more planning.
  • Characters: I really like the main character, Lia, and I do think that her arc is well portrayed. The other two main characters I like as well, even though they slightly blur into one another. Both impulsive and sometimes showing anger issues, they are softies at heart. Sometime it was difficult to tell the difference. I also really like all of the side characters, however. I did like Pauline’s development, especially in the last novel. Another character I appreciated was the antagonist, whom I managed to despise so much, and this shows good characterization.
  • Writing: Overall, the author is a good writer. Even though sometimes she falls into clichés, the writing of The Remnant Chronicles is more elevated than other YA fantasy books, which is good. The only thing I did not like about the writing were the pieces taken from the Books of the Ancients and inserted before certain chapters. They were all scattered and with no real subject, so in the end, they did not add anything to the story.

These are all my non-spoilery thoughts about the trilogy. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be eased into the fantasy genre, and who likes romance and political intrigue. If you have read the trilogy, please continue on reading into my spoilery section and let me know what you think!

Until next time,

Keky

**SPOILER-ALERT** SECTION – Do not read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.

There are some elements that definitely surprised me.

First and foremost, in the first book I truly did not know who was the assassin and who the prince. I thought I would definitely figure it out, but i the end I was surprised.

In the second book I did not expect the ending, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When Lia stabs the Komizar the scene is glorious, even though we soon find out that he is still alive in the third book.

I really did not like the conclusion to the trilogy though. I’m sorry, but Lia had to die. I felt the tension during her last encounter with the Komizar, and I was ready to shed some tears and feel all the feels when… poof! The Komizar dies in a very anticlimactic way, and we find out that Lia’s true sacrifice is her soulmate, Rafe. And then the book ends with Rafe going back to her. NO!! I needed more realism. Basically no one died in a battle that probably lasted only  half a day, and Lia becomes Queen of Venda, which is basically colonialism.. I don’t know. And Rafe and Lia’s argument… oh well. When he uses sexual manipulation to deflect the discussion I felt quite uncomfortable. Especially when he belittled her because she is a woman… No I did not like this. Please let me know if you felt in the same way about the third and final book in the trilogy.

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