Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
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.
(Thanks to Goodreads for this blurb)
This trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, have been on my tbr for what seems like forever. A few years at the very least and I finally treated myself to the hardback editions of these gorgeous books. And sure, it’s always a gamble to buy a whole set – in hardback no less – when you have next to no idea what the books are about and if you’ll even like them.
But I took a chance – and it paid off!
I was enraptured by Lia’s story. Of her taking control of her own life and destiny when her father wanted to “sell” her off to another kingdom in return for an alliance.
You go girl!
So the story jumps in right on the eve of her wedding day. A wedding to a prince she has never met and visualises to be old, wrinkly and just urgh (how wrong she is though). And with that visual, I totally understands why she takes off. With her is her trusted handmaid, Pauline and together they ride off, far away to a small village where they go undercover and start leading new lives as hardworking servant girls in a tavern.
Somebody is coming for them. Two, actually, and for very different reasons.
What I like most about this book is the air of mystery it has. I had no idea when I started reading this, how it was set up and I won’t talk too much about it because I don’t want to give it all away (duh), but here’s the gist of it.
An assassin is coming for Lia.
The prince she was meant to marry is coming for Lia.
They both have their own P.O.Vs in the book.
We just don’t know who’s who…
Ain’t that a kicker.
And let me tell you – it’s not easy trying to guess who wears the crown and who wears the knife. But that’s part of the fun.
Throughout, this book gripped me, held me tight, made me gasp, shriek and giggle. And it left me wanting more! It was a no brainer that The Kiss of Deception earned itself 5 stars!
The characters all have depth to them and there’s always more than meets the eye. Everyone has secrets and not everything is revealed, which urges the reader to continue the series to find out what the f is going on.
So I’m definitely happy with myself for investing “blindly” in this series, because it is off to a magnificent start!
Do I recommend The Kiss of Deception?
To any fan of a good fantasy story and to those that like guessing who’s friend or foe.