The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – Review



Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 2015
My Rating:4starNew

Synopsis (1)

She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Goodreads link: The Kiss of Deception


This was another book that I wanted to pick up when I got back into reading but I ended up reading The Name of the Wind instead. I should have picked this one up…

This was an easy and interesting read. We have a strong female main character and we see that through her actions and not just because the author tells us so

Things I liked

  • Lia. She is strong, stubborn and she cares a lot about her friends.
  • The mystery of who is the assassin and who is the prince. I thought that was a nice idea, it kept me guessing for a little but if you pay attention to a couple of details you’ll guess who is who.
  • Love triangle. Yes, that’s an unpopular opinion but well-done love triangles are my guilty pleasure.
  • Lia’s actions have consequences that she needs to deal with.

Things I didn’t like:

  •  This is the first of a trilogy so this was mostly to get to know the characters. The majority of the book is Lia getting on with her new life in Terravin and getting to know Kaden and Rafe, and falling in love. So not too much action.

Worth mentioning:

  • If you like complex magic systems in your fantasy book this is not it. There is not magic as see in epic fantasy. The gift that some people have in the book, is another way to say that they are some kind of psychic. They can see into the past and future, sometimes with the help of the dead. And that’s all we get magic wise., so don’t go in expecting complex magic systems.

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