Saturday, September 10
The Beauty of Darkness
(Remnant Chronicles #3)
Mary E. Pearson
My rating: ★★★★½
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Date of publication: August 2, 2016
Age: Grades 9 and up
Themes: leadership, love, survival, kingdoms, war, peace
"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."
Yep, time for another random YA review because I am here to RAVE. This is a review that's definitely on a more personal enjoyment level than professional level. Pearson, I am such a fan. You won me over with book 1, I was a little worried after book 2, but oh. Now the series is whole and I love it. This is just all the things I love: high, epic fantasy; heart-wrenching battles; life-changing choices; and just plain awesomeness (I know, I'm getting so technical).
Okay, so this, the conclusion to the trilogy, once again starts right up in the middle of the heart-stopping action. But after Lia reaches safety, yes, there is a bit of a waiting game again (Pearson does have a fair share of downtime in each book--which can become boring, but can also be appreciated for the foundation it's laying). It's the decisions Lia needs to make, however, that has me raving over her character and how Pearson wrote her development. Speaking of the writing, Pearson has such an elegant style. There are some beautiful passages that just make me sigh with satisfaction. She knows how to immerse the reader and control the story.
Yes, I did mark off a half star, and that's because I loved the book, but I wasn't too sure about the last chapter. I don't know if it was really needed. But hey, overall, I do recommend this trilogy, especially now that they're all out. Book 1 and 2 were tough with the cliffhangers, so reading it all together is a must. If you're a fantasy fan, enjoying the likes of Throne of Glass and An Ember in the Ashes (and all the others like it), then this one is definitely for you.
Warning: Explicit Content
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