The Heart of Betrayal

The Heart of Betrayal

Book - 2015
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Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Princess Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape--and even less of being together--as the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs crumble beneath her while she wrestles with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people, and her own destiny.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805099249
Characteristics: 473 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y PEARSON, M


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PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 05, 2019

Pearson writes really strong second-halves. The book begins where Kiss of Deception left off: Lia has been taken to Venda as a prisoner and Rafe has come with her as an "emissary" from his kingdom. Each is imprisoned separately by the Komizar.

Lia, Rafe and Kaden spend a lot of time angsting over each other in the first half. Slowly Pearson begins to draw the world of Venda as Lia sees it. She is embraced by the people as she is manipulated by the Komizar. She sees their poverty and their strength. She learns more of the language and begins to practice her gift. Some of the best scenes are of Lia sneaking around in the myriad tunnels beneath the Vendan stronghold and her interactions with the Vendan people. While she tries to escape the Komizar and his conniving, she is impressed by his interaction with his people. We get to watch her adding new strengths to the ones she already had.

The ending is a gut punch and cliff-hanger of massive proportions. These ending are so good that they keep me wanting to read the next one despite the overblown angst between the love triangle. I want, nay *need* to know, what happens next.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 04, 2018

More teen romantic fantasy goodness. Really enjoying this trilogy!

Jun 17, 2018

Very good book and a strong recommend for older readers.

Apr 17, 2017

This is one of my favorite books!!! It was very exciting, romantic, and adventurous. This is my favorite book out of this series.

kirstd31 Sep 24, 2015

This story was really good. I could not wait to see if they were able to escape the Komizer.

Aug 14, 2015

The story continues to evolve. Can hardly wait for the conclusion.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Aug 05, 2015

Exceptionally readable, page-turning teen fantasy. Readers will definitely want to read volume 1 in the series (last year's "The Kiss of Deception") as Pearson wastes no time in plunging immediately into the action, but once you remind yourself who all the characters are (and their various motivations), it's hard to put down. This is a great readalike for Kristin Cashore, Sarah J. Maas, and other authors of fantasy featuring compelling female leads. A cliffhanger ending ensures that the wait for book 3 will feel very, very long.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Jul 26, 2015

I absolutely loved the first book in this series. This one started off a bit confusing, but gained momentum and was totally enthralling by the end. Lia is held captive in kingdom of Venda, with former betrothed prince trying to rescue her and assassin now trying to make her love him. Everybody is lying, and full of ulterior motives. Complicated and compelling fantasy adventure.


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Aug 27, 2015

Lia and Rafe are trapped in Venda as they try to plot an escape without catching the notice of the Komizar and Kaden. The Komizar is constantly trying to humiliate Lia while Rafe has shown another side to himself that Lia has never seen. Kaden is slowly telling more about himself including his past and his strong tie to the Komizar. Will Lia and Rafe ever escape this web of lies and betrayal?


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Nov 24, 2017

"The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars."


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