The Remnant Chronicles: Review
I recently finished the third and final book in Mary E. Pearson's fantasy adventure, The Remnant Chronicles. It was a bold story about a headstrong princess who discovers she is destined for so much more than being a pawn traded between kingdoms. She gains two steadfast allies in Rafe and Kaden, the romantic interests, whose words are constantly filled with half-truths and deceptions. Read on for a review of the series as a whole (minor spoilers ahead)!
Book One: The Kiss of Deception, 512 pages
Book Two: The Heart of Betrayal, 496 pages
Book Three: The Beauty of Darkness, 688 pages
I loved the first book in the series, The Kiss of Deception. I gave it 4/5 stars because it introduced a fresh, female protagonist that I didn't find annoying or contradictory. Pearson also does an excellent job of bringing out nuances in the romantic interests, Rafe and Kaden, as well as supporting characters. While these two men are supposed to pique our interest (and they do!), I find myself wholly captivated by Lia. She's far from perfect, and it's her flaws and uncertainties that make her such a great protagonist.
Now for the not-so-great news. The only things that keep these three books on track are the short verses that appear in the beginning of some chapters. These verses are from "holy books" belonging to Gaudrel, Venda, or Morrighan. They are seemingly contradictory, and help Lia piece together their world's ancient history. I'm glad she was able to do that, because those verses totally lost me. They dragged the second book on and on, where I think they were actually supposed to create suspense. Because the underlying mystery wasn't clear enough to the reader, I don't think these verses were an effective mechanism for tying the three books together.
Don't get me wrong- I'm pleased with the way the series began and ended. The middle was a little too drawn out, in my humble opinion, but nothing to groan about. Each book grabbed my attention and made me eager to find out how the story ended, and I think that's the real struggle for any series, trilogy or longer.
I rate The Remnant Chronicles overall series 4/5 stars!