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The Remnant Chronicles: The Kiss of Deception, the Heart of Betrayal, the Beauty of Darkness

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Lia: Now we are going to settle ourselves down in a small seaside town, and I will pretend to be a waitress, never having waited on anyone in my entire life. The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. It's full of adventure, romance, and betrayal, all of which obviously make it a captivating fantasy novel. 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. Not only is Lia fierce and determined not to be pushed into a marriage she does not desire, but her friend and lady's maid is just as awesome.

I would recommend this to any readers who not only like romance but also adventure and self-discovery novels. She settles in among the people and creates new friendships, and despite having to hide her identity, she’s enjoying her new found freedom. It was shocking, surprising, and I found much of it to be entirely unpredictable, much to my own delight. But there is something, something I can’t explain with words, that inevitably made me love every single line and scene, every single page and twist. Coupled with an exquisite world-building that teases us with the lovely Terravin, hellish Cam Lanteux and everything in between, we are assured that the world portrayed is far from perfect and just, but also full of miracles, wonders and almost magical possibilities.The betrayal is bittersweet, somewhat understandable, because it tethers the line between love and duty and there's never an easy way to choose the one most powerful. The author throws you bits and pieces of violence and gut-wrenching scenes, enough to cut the story with cold, hard edges and imprint it with the necessary dangerous atmosphere.

And I think that it ended at the best possible moment, even if the wait for the next book is going to kill me. One could think "oh even though he didn't want to marry her, he must've thought that he should do this because of his duty to his country".I probably won't even make much sense because I'm this close to turning into a pile of mush and I'd suggest you go with the flow and stop hunting for clues to why this book is awesome.

So this review won't exactly be a review -- my lips are sealed and my hands tied because I'd hate to give anything away from the glorious slow-burn and anticipation this novel sparks. Ohh when you don't get along with the main character, it's really hard to enjoy a book that is mostly from their perspective and that girl is such a damn princess it's hilarious when other characters act like she's "not like other court girls" just because she wears pants and wait tables, especially since not many exciting things happen. Pauline and the others were a little bit plain, but I guess that is normal when you’re a side character that is mostly there for support.Lia's family wanted to set her up in an arranged marriage to keep the peace, but it seemed to me they were already in a war regardless so I'm not sure how it would have played out.

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