AUTHOR- Mary E. Pearson
PUBLISHER- Henry Holt and Co.
GOODREADS RATING- 4.25/5
GENRE- Young Adult Fantasy
PUBLISHED- August 2nd, 2016
A prince, in the turn of a moment and a few words, was now a king.
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.
MY REVIEW: This was the final book in the remnant chronicles series, and with this thrilling conclusion came a lot of disappointments…
One thing we all can agree on is that the previous book, Heart of Betrayal , nearly killed us with that mid-cliffhanger ending. And we waited hungrily for this book to come out so that we could feast on it…
So this book started with Rafe being an amazingly hot prince and carrying Lia in his arms all the way to save her life. ACTUALLY carrying her. That is very romantic, we all loved it. Kaden still had some feelings for Lia (which were apparently doing a great job in destroying his life but okay) and wants to protect her and he does. Rafe and Lia have some hot moments and then after the battle everyone gets their happily ever after.
First of all, I think the character development of this book was really bad… Lia has completely changed and have become a complete badass. All she cares about in this book is her life and her kingdom. We all really loved her in the first two books but now it seems that she is like those self-centered and self-obsessed. I hated her in this book messing with everyone’s feelings. She didn’t care, Rafe left everything to save her. She didn’t care, Rafe’s whole family died while he was tryna figure out how to save her. Kaden left Venda to help her. Kaden left everything he once stood for because he had some damned feelings for her and guess what, SHE DIDN’T CARE. But she needs to act like a selfish minion, obviously that is more important. Because all she cares about is herself.
Everyone thought that it’s going to be Kaden she will finally choose but she didn’t. Because of that we witnessed no development in the characters or the plot and the whole story became monotonous. There was this part in the book where Lia leaves Rafe to go save her kingdom with Kaden. That part confused me, seriously. Everyone would have thought that she and Kaden would finally be a thing together after that, but then from Kaden’s POV, there was this line referring to Rafe.. I really didn’t understand wtf was happening.
He had been wild with fear—afraid to let her go—but he did. Something I hadn’t done, no matter how many times she’d asked me to free her as we crossed the Cam Lanteux.
And then we have Kaden and Pauline growing their lonely nest and giving eggs. Seriously they are probably the worst couple ever (no offence to their shippers). I don’t hate them but then it was so sudden and out of nowhere, it seemed so absurd. Because of all that shit, the love triangle was completely ruined. And I was very disappointed. I shipped Kaden and Lia from the first book and had high hopes for them but then this book destroyed everything. Most of all, it destroyed my interest in Rafe and Lia’s love too. I had started liking them in the last book, but with all that tedious fighting and getting back together, I lost my interest.
I think the war was the only part I actually thought was good. It was well written and described. And Lia didn’t die. Lia not dying was both, a good thing and a bad thing. Good thing because we got a happy ending and yayayay, everyone is happy. But then I think people would have liked it more if she had died in the end. She wasn’t afraid of death and according to the prophecy she was supposed to die. But Rafe saved her. All that happened so suddenly that it seemed a little fake and way too good. I wish all that part of her being saved was written a bit more descriptively and with a little slower pace. It would have made a far better ending.
And lastly, in the end Lia and Kaden discuss the vision Kaden had of them together having a baby. It angered me so much. I hate how this book destroyed all my ships. And then there was Rafe, again all goody good trying to get in a stable relationship with Lia and growing melons. Even though I hate Rafe and Lia together, but then what he said in the end, it was really nice and melted my hard a little bit. Maybe I hated Rafe a little less after that.
“I know hundreds of miles separate us. I know you have your endless duties here and I have mine in Dalbreck. But we’ve done the impossible, Lia. If we can find a way to end centuries of animosity between the kingdoms … surely … we can find a way for us.”
Apart from that, I do not recommend reading this final book, specially if you have read the first two books. It will destroy all the hopes and dreams you once had and I am very serious about it. It definitely destroyed mine.
I’ll give it 2.999/5 only because I was absolutely in love with the first two books and still wish the plot could have been better…
(THESE REVIEWS ARE MY POINT OF VIEWS, AND YOUR OPINIONS MIGHT BE VARYING FROM MINE)