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The Heart of Betrayal: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Satisfying fantasy romance full of political intrigue.

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If you're not immediately drawn in by this compelling story of two imprisoned royals in love trying to lie their way out of getting killed in a hostile kingdom, you're no lover of romantic fantasy. The premise of THE HEART OF BETRAYAL alone will hold most readers, even when the middle flags as author Mary E. Pearson mixes abstract passages of an ancient prophecy with too much background in Vendan politics. Another thing that slows the action is the constant shift in perspectives. It makes for great character development -- the author does this so well -- but it's at the expense of well-crafted action-oriented scenes.

Still, when the last act gets rolling, you won't be putting down this sequel. Every guess you have for the story's outcome will probably be wrong, leaving readers with plenty of exciting ideas about what's to come in Book 3.

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