Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception
The Kiss of Deception


The Kiss of Deception
by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Henry Holt, 2014
E-book, Purchased
492 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

A six-inch blade. I smiled. Did he buy it? It was actually just shy of four—but very nicely weighted—and as Aunt Bernice noted, a little exaggeration was always expected when describing weapons, victories, and body parts.


“We all have our different skills. You’re patient to a fault, which sometimes doesn’t work to your advantage. I, on the other hand, have the patience of a wet cat. Only on rare occasions does that come in handy.”


  • I like that the reader knows a prince and an assassin are in the same town as Princess Lia, but she doesn’t know that and the reader doesn’t know their identities.
  • Lia discovers there are consequences to the decisions she makes–some are good, some are bad.
  • The idea of First Daughters and the “gift” is interesting. I wonder how many First Daughters pretend to have the gift!
  • The quotes from books of this world at the beginning of each chapter–nicely done! (For example, The old men shall dream dreams, The young maids will see visions, the beast of the forest will turn away, They will see the child of misery coming, And make clear the path. — Song of Venda)
  • Lia is a strong character and though she’s been raised as a royal, she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty or doing manual work. In fact, she wants to get her hands dirty. She wants to matter, to make a difference and not be an object used by her parents.
  • All the different characters in the book are nicely described and are individuals.


  • Cliffhanger…need I say more…LOL.

And a few thoughts

  • This is a really good book. I’m so glad I read it so soon after it was published (though that means I must wait for the next book!)
  • Book 2, The Heart of Betrayal is scheduled for sometime in 2015.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

12 thoughts on “Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson”

  1. This looks fun! I like the mystery and Lia sounds like a great character! I’ll definitely have to try this one though I think I’ll wait awhile so I’ll be closer to the 2nd book coming out. I don’t do well with cliffhangers!


  2. This does sound good – I particularly like your description of Lia as someone who wants to matter and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. OTOH, I hate waiting ages for the sequel to a cliffhanger ending, so I should probably put this off for a while.


  3. Oh this sounds really good! I love that the princess isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty – my kind of princess 🙂 I also love it when books have those quotes at the beginning of chapters – it can be a really neat way to learn about the world if done right. Great review 🙂


  4. I haven’t heard much about this book before, but now I want to read it. I’m drawn in by the prince & assasin bit, too. Good luck with your challenges! 🙂


  5. Obviously you didn’t mind the weak romance/ love triangle issue that marred the book for me and the cliffhanger of course. I loved the world building and enjoyed Lia and her growth. It was a good start and I will likely read the next book.


    1. It always intrigues me when people read the same book and see different aspects of it. I think you did a better job analyzing the book than I did. Thanks for reading my review, Heidi!


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