The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception : The Remnant Chronicles, Book One

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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.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 149 x 217 x 39mm | 553g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805099239
  • 9780805099232
  • 7,478

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"In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world." --VOYA

"After her strong Jenna Fox series, Pearson adeptly switches gears here from science fiction to fantasy, but her ability to write a romance featuring complex characters and a strong plot remains constant." --The Horn Book

"The Kiss of Deception has it all--beautiful writing, heart-pounding suspense, a fiery princess, and an epic romance that'll make you swoon. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!" --Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Immortals

"The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one--no one--is quite what they seem. Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that have been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read--I couldn't put it down!" --Robin LaFevers, New York Times-bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

"This is the kind of story I love--a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set in a richly imagined fantasy landscape." --Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times-bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles

"*The first in a marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games . . . Romance, adventure, mysticism--this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster." --School Library Journal, Starred Review

"*Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope . . . this has the sweep of an epic tale." --Booklist, Starred Review

"*Peppered with excerpts from sacred texts and traditional songs, the novel has a formidable heroine at its core, who is as quick with a knife as she is to laugh or cry. Pearson maintains the mystery of Rafe and Kaden's identities, pulling readers through this masterfully crafted story." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Pearson's first book in her Remnant Chronicles is thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the first page to the last and will find themselves eagerly anticipating the next installment. Pearson pairs a rich and varied plot with a fiery and headstrong heroine." --Romantic Times

"Mystery, romance, betrayal, redemption: There's plenty to hook readers in to this installment of Lia's saga and make them impatient for the volumes to come." --Chicago Tribune

"Pearson's writing is beautiful, and her ability to twist a plot into knots keeps the reader wanting more." --BookPage

"This thick book is fantastical and interesting (with a bit of mystery thrown in!)....There's a lot of mystery that spices up the book. It's not all about the mystery, but it's on the peripheral always, which makes it that much more interesting." --USAToday

"Lia herself is a likeable heroine, and the selfishness in her act of leaving a kingdom in shambles for some future love is negated by her obvious naivete about political strategies and romantic relationships . . . Most intriguing are the two love interests, though, partly because of the way Pearson structures their narrating chapters." --BCCB

"Rich and exciting . . . a bold ending whets appetites for the next installment." --Kirkus Reviews
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About Mary E Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. In addition to her Jenna Fox series and the New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles, Pearson is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams. Pearson studied art at Long Beach State University, and worked as an artist before earning her teaching credential at San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
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114,016 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (41,859)
3 19% (21,235)
2 6% (6,948)
1 3% (3,318)

Our customer reviews

Princess Lia is to marry a prince of a neighboring country. The night before their wedding, she flees with her handmaiden to a small town by the sea where she becomes a barmaid. All she wants is a simple life, but little does she know two men are after her. One is her betrothed prince and the other an assassin. What she finds is a budding romance with a man whom she believes is a farm hand. A lovely story about a strong-headed princess who has a very real and modern personality set in a world where countries are at war, and assassins run amok. The pacing was pretty slow in the beginning.. Nothing really happens except a lot of character development between the entire cast, but I didn't necessarily mind it this time. The plot finally moves forward after the middle and I was surprised at how big the world was. As for the characters, I truly enjoyed Lia. She was super head strong and never let anyone else sway her opinions at all. I rather liked her a lot. Even though there is instant romance, it wasn't as sudden as it is in most books. It was rather a whirlwind romance though. And as for the love interests, I liked him too. Though for the entire beginning I thought the one she liked was the other so that confused me so. Luckily I finally came to my senses and got the characters right. There were some pretty cute lines when they start falling in love. I wanted more adventure and fantasy.. Though I'm hoping the next book will have both. Overall, if you're looking for an adventure filled journey, you won't find it until the end. But if you're in it for romance, pick this one more
by Giselle SM
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the outcome of my opinion in any way. Before I read The Kiss of Deception, I didnâ??t realize the author was Mary Pearson, who also wrote The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I didnâ??t know much about the book when I requested it on Netgalley, just that I loved the cover and it was fantasy. It sounded like something I could definitely enjoy. After I downloaded it, I began to hear all the lovely reviews come in about just how awesome it was. And of course I thought, good instincts Jess. And then EVERYONE started talking about it and finally I was like I have to have to read this book. And I ended up winning a copy â?? the day it showed up I started reading it (about 6 pm). By 1 am I had finished the entire thing. It was that good. Now, I have to say first of all that this book was very well written and planned out. Thereâ??s a lot of detail and the world was painted with words really well. I could see what it was supposed to look like and that really helped shape the story for me. Also, there was a map! As you may know, I feel very strongly about fantasy books having a well-drawn map for me to see what is going on. And I even won the map in poster size, so I could stare at it as our characters traveled across this land. I loved Lia. She was strong and brave â?? deciding to take her own fate in her hands. She was sworn to another countryâ??s prince and of course doesnâ??t want to marry someone she hasnâ??t met. While some would say her move is selfish, I think it was brave. Her whole life she was treated like a bargaining chip and she would rather live as a peasant than be married off and sent to a foreign land. Her lovely hand maiden Pauline decides to leave everything to follow the princess. To me, Pauline was even more brave, because she left her entire life and safety to protect Lia without even questioning it. The background characters the entire way through were rich and complex and I really appreciated that. The book is basically two parts â?? the first part is the weaker of the two, but I was still compelled to read. However, the second part was just magical. I couldnâ??t stop reading it and I loved every moment. There is an annoying part of the book that was actually quite brilliant on the part of the author. When Lia runs, she is followed by two people: an assassin sent from a foreign land to kill her and the prince she was supposed to marry. The assassin expects his job to be quick and the prince just wants to see this girl who had the courage to do what he had not. Of course, they both find her despite the great lengths she went to to shirk anyone following her and end up in the pub she works for at the same time. Rafe and Kaden then become named Rafe and Kaden while Lia is our narrator. However, they remain named The Assassin and The Prince when they are the narrator. And so, we are tossed and tumbled about wondering which boy is which. Of course, both boys end up falling for her. While she likes both, there is clearly one she is attracted to more. And it isnâ??t until the second half of the book that we find out which is which. I will say that even though it is two boys, it isnâ??t much of a love triangle (thank goodness!) However, the tension was definitely there. And this my friends is MADDENING. Seriously, I was making myself crazy trying to figure it out. Itâ??s really what drove me through the first part of the book, because I had to know. I HAD to. And then once I did, things completely changed and the book shifted into something new and the compulsion to keep reading came from it just being an awesome story. There is also a bit of magic with this book. As the first daughter, Lia has powers that have just begun to wake up. With the help of a character she meets in the second half, she begins to wake up that power and put it to good use. It was almost as if we can see the magical aspects of the book coming. There is a lot of lore and ancient text that we will probably see as the series comes to fruition. The pieces Pearson gave us were enough to hook me. With a beautiful cover and even more beautiful words, this book had me. Add to it a rich story and a wonderful set up for the next book and Iâ??m totally on board this new fantasy series. Now it just needs to be 2015 so I can find out what happens next! This review was originally featured on Such a Novel more
by Jess @ Such a Novel Idea
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