The Beauty of Darkness

The Beauty of Darkness

Book - 2016
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With war on the horizon, Princess Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, and finds herself at cross-purposes with her love, Rafe, and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805099256
Branch Call Number: PEA
Characteristics: 684 pages ; 22 cm


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Another day, another series that has absolutely ruined me and made me clutch the book to my chest and wish that the story didn't have to end. This book wrapped up the trilogy so well.

Once again, the characters are such a strong point. Lia keeps me reading and invested despite the slow-moving action at certain points; she's so inspiring, so brave, so completely dedicated to her cause and to the people that she will do anything for it, even break her own heart. The boys were a completely different story for me this time: I ADORED Kaden, and Rafe made me want to throttle him. Despite being the dreamy prince of Dalbreck, he's also insufferable and controlling in this one, and I know it's circumstances that cause the change, but wow, with that juxtaposed against Kaden's constant concern and soft kindness it was impossible not to shift allegiances. Learning more about Venda's Assassin and his life, his family, his upbringing made my heart ache, and I absolutely adore the ending he was given.

The story here is, again, slow-moving at points. It's a long book, and there were numerous points where I felt I wanted more. I think this could have been at least a hundred pages shorter and that would've helped the overall feel, but that being said, I really did enjoy the story. Having Lia and Rafe clash over their loyalties to not only their kingdoms but Venda as well and the people who live there was an excellent contrast to their idyllic Terravin life of the past. They had to become different people, and the time spent plotting and waiting was ultimately necessary for that to develop. Pauline is also one of my favourite parts of this whole series - I got so excited when her perspective was up next. Every side character here is so amazing for such different reasons: Jeb, Sven, Orrin, Griz, Eben, Natiya, Berdi. The list could go on forever, and each of them is such a distinct personality.

I'm very glad I decided to give this series a chance, even though I'm late to the game. It's full of characters who are strong in such different ways, vibrant locales and excellent world-building, and a plot that seems all too relevant in the state of the world today, all about finding truth and building a better future for the people, regardless of their rulers.

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 09, 2019

Augh! This book! I felt like the relationship angle was played up far too much in the first two books, so this book made downright stabby. Contrived angst and silly misunderstandings abounded. So why did I give it four stars? Because after the first 40% Pearson pulled it out of the nosedive and we started flying high and strong again.

After that first section, the rest of the book focused on Lia and her saving her kingdom. Of course Rafe has to come in and save his girl >_>, but whatever. Pearson should focus on her character development and adventure scenes, both the highly tense preparation scenes and the battle scenes were terrifically written. I wish she'd step away from love triangle, and write to her strengths for a WHOLE BOOK next time.

So, if you can keep from throwing the book across the room during the first section, the rest of the book is well worth a read and the conclusion is pretty darn strong. Plus, can we all admit that this title and cover are wayyy better than the first two books in the series?

Mar 02, 2019

I loved the ending!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 31, 2019

Lovely and empowering conclusion to this teen fantasy/romance trilogy. Looking forward to Pearson's new series, set in the same world!

Jul 03, 2018

This was an amazing end to the series! Loved it soooo much! The action was fantastic and I loved the romance! All of my ships came together in the end and this book. It was chilling, exciting, romantic, and just amazing!! Totally loved it!

Apr 03, 2018

Can I just say:

MelifluousView Feb 02, 2018

I loved the conclusion to the trilogy! I enjoyed seeing Lia, Rafe, and Kaden change in great ways. Lia's mentoring of Natiya was a fun growth point. I hated to see the book end even though it was longer than the others in the series.

Jan 04, 2017

I LOVE this series so much. I waited for this book. Lia is my favorite she is badass and caring. I ship her and Rafe. There are some points where I feel it got tiring maybe it was because I wanted to know who Lia would finally be with.

I CANT BEILEVE IT!!! RAFE AND LIA!!!! AND LIA IS QUEEN OF VENDA!!!! OMG!!! I knew Kaden was drifting away from Lia since he knew she loved Rafe, but I legity wanted to scream. When Kaden met Pauline again I knew it was destined to be! THE MELONS!!!!! UGHHHH!!!! I can't believe its done.

Nov 08, 2016

Its kind of sad when people give u what happens in the comment im feeling down right know :(

PimaLib_KarinaR Oct 21, 2016

This conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles was incredible! It had been over a year since I had read book #2 and was a little fuzzy on the details, but I was instantly hooked again when I started reading this book! Action, romance, mystery and a wonderfully strong female character... this book had it all!

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Jun 17, 2018

Violence: Battle scenes

Apr 03, 2018

Coarse Language: Mild language

Jun 16, 2017

Sexual Content: Description of two characters engaged in sexual intercourse.

Jun 16, 2017

Violence: Nothing more than what you would expect in an epic war fantasy.


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I looked back over my shoulder, watching him ride away, and then I thought about Gwyneth's long-ago remark. Love...It's a nice little trick if you can find it.
We found it.
But now I knew finding love and holding on to it were not the same thing.

Sep 07, 2020

You know, if you die in this battle you wont have to marry anyone.... - Tavish

Apr 03, 2018

"I grew them myself. Mostly."

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Apr 03, 2018

KyraJR thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Oct 04, 2016

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Apr 03, 2018

Lia and Rafe have been through thick and thin since their arrival in Venda. With secrets being uncovered, and real motives revealed, our group will have a whole new wave of challenges to face. Following the same assassin, farmer, and princess through the grand finale, this last book in the trilogy will not disappoint.

Sep 19, 2016

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the Komizar, and are heading home. But where is home? For Rafe, it is Dalbreck, but for Lia, it is Morrighan. Rafe refuses to allow Lia to go to Morrighan, he is to worried about her life. He finally allows her to, but they part on bad terms.
Rafe gets betrothed to a young girl and becomes King Jaxon. Lia, ruling as regent while her father recovers, must uncover the enemies working for the Komizar, who is still alive.
Will Lia and Rafe get together again? Will they defeat Vendas' army?
READ IT!!!!!
(or you'll never find out)

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