Review: Mary E. Pearson’s The Beauty of Darkness

the beauty of darknessTitle: The Beauty of Darkness
Series: The Remnant Chronicles 
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 
679
Publisher:
 Henry Holt and Co.
Rating: 

black5

This review will contain spoilers if you have not read the first two books in the series. 

Lia has survived Venda—but so has the evil bent on destroying Morrighan. With a great war on the horizon, Lia must accept her role as First Daughter and warn her people. But at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, Lia is not sure who her allies are—or if she even has any.

The Beauty of Darkness is a fierce, suspenseful, and surprising conclusion to Mary E. Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles series.

I read The Beauty of Darkness immediately after I put down The Heart of Betrayal—which you can read my review for here. The series was just getting too good not to binge read. The problem with that, was that I was in the middle of #READTHEMALLTHON and overwhelmed with other books and reviews. So, I’m writing this one a little late and might be a little rusty.

Can I just say, this is one big book. When The Beauty of Darkness came in the mail, I stacked it next to Betrayal and was like “wow, that’s a brick of a book.”

Anyway, the writing of this book was phenomenal and on-par with the quality with The Heart of Betrayal. Pearson’s wording and tone just work perfectly with the old-world fantasy setting. My only negative style/structure comment would once again be pacing. Like I said, this is a huge book—and I get why, a lot happens—but I feel like the beginning of the book, where we see the least amount of action, could of happened a little bit faster. Let’s be honest, I want to get past all the escaping and get to the war and Lia kicking the Komizar’s butt.

Once again, we are thrust into a different—but kind of familiar—setting. Lia is leaving Venda behind and once again traveling across the Cam Lanteux. It reminded me a lot of the journey in The Kiss of Deception, except she’s not being held prisoner and being treated like shit.

The characters just grow so much throughout this series, and it all comes to fruition. Lia is no longer the girl who left her country behind, she’s the girl that comes back to save it. Yes, she may throw fits or be a bit moody—who isn’t when it comes to boys—but she’s really matured and has accepted the fate her gift has given her.

Like the gift guys, so much craziness and speculation surrounding Lia’s gift and prophecy. The gift left me so worried all the way through the book.

Then there’s Rafe—sweet, naive, poor Rafe. This is the book where Rafe actually is a prince. Up until now, he’s been role playing. This causes a lot of tension between him and Lia because they’ve always been just a boy and a girl, now they’re a prince and princess with the responsibility of two different kingdoms resting on their shoulders. I was a bit frustrated with how he acted at times, but then I knew it was all out of love for Lia—selfish love, but still love.

And of course, I have to mention Kaden. I was really happy the love triangle kind of died in this book. I didn’t really want the romance to be the focus in midst of preparing for battle. We do see Kaden—along with some other supporting characters—in this book, and I actually really enjoyed his role. He definitely gets Lia and steps up in a sort-of protector role. He’s so loyal, and I just have all the feels about him really.

I briefly mentioned this at the beginning, but I’m going to wrap-up with it as well—this book is full of twists and surprises. So many things happen that I wasn’t expecting—okay I expected a couple things, but still so many big surprises.

The Beauty of Darkness is an epic conclusion to this series. It was a couldn’t put down, book hangover when it’s over kind of read. You can find it on Amazon and the author at marypearson.com. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!

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