I am on the ball knocking out these reviews! I think I am procrastinating from reading by reviewing some of the books I have read over the last month or so- but never mind. What good is a blog if I don’t actually review the books I read?
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is a favourite among many readers, and once I started reading I understood why.
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
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.
This is the story of Lia, a Princess who is fed up of being a Princess, who doesn’t want to get married and runs away. Pretty cliché to begin with but gosh does this get interesting. In essence you get five perspective in the book; you obviously get Princess Lia who tells majority of the story but then it gets a little interesting. You see Lia is being chased by two people, an Assassin and the Prince she was meant to marry.
Their paths cross and Lia meets them both (as strangers) at the same time and they both adopt hidden personas; Rafe and Kade, only you don’t know who is who until the end of the book. They each have their own chapters as well, where you know which of the men is there but not what they want from each situation. But then you get chapters labelled ‘The Assassin’ and ‘The Prince’, but their identities are still really well hidden until the very end; so you have chapters where you know who they are but not what, and then chapters where you know what they are but not who. Confusing to explain. Amazing to read.
Excellently constructed novel!
Now this wouldn’t be a fantasy without war, of course there is a lot at stake throughout the novel, Lia’s life, her country, alliances, and bounties. The conflict felt compelling, especially towards the end; for a while (especially in the middle of the novel) it did have more of a contemporary feel- love triangle, not much fantastical elements, trying to work out true identities. But then BAM! The build-up to the climax begins and you cant look away from the page for fear of missing something!
The only thing stopping me from giving this five stars was that I felt the middle to be slightly sagging, wasn’t as packed and I just wanting a bit more from it. So for that, I gave it 4 stars!
There are two books currently published in this series, and whether it is complete I wont know until I read the last. The second book being The Heart of Betrayal, with the third book set to be published this year (The Beauty of Darkness). I do plan on continuing with this series, as soon as I have funding to get them- usual reason, lets face it.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to getting back into the world!