Source: purchased for Kindle.
Genre: YA fantasy .
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
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 flees 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.
I know, I said I wouldn’t start any new series but this one was a Kindle deal and then it was just sitting there, right on my Kindle, watching me with big sad eyes and I had to read it. I had to. And I’m glad I did, it’s a solid beginning of a YA fantasy series.
I really liked Lia, the princess who runs away on the morning of her wedding. When I was reading the first chapter I thought “Oh come on, another girl-sent-to-live-in-a-hostile-environment-where-she-falls-in-love story?” But by the second chapter, Lia was racing away with her trusted friend, Pauline, leaving false trails behind so scouts following them wouldn’t be able to track her down and I thought: “You go, girl!” Lia is a character with a great deal of determination, humility and courage – even though her parents forced her to live a sheltered life of a noblewoman. She never gives up and when her actions have unexpectedly horrible consequences, she accepts the responsibility though it might end her happiness and even her life. You’ve got to respect a young woman who does that.
The love triangle that occurs in this book is one of those that doesn’t really bother me that much. Kaden and Rafe’s points of view were perhaps a tad too similar at first (I had trouble telling them apart – which one had dark hair and who rode the beautiful horse?) but their dynamic was really exciting. As most of the story is still narrated by Lia, it’s great to see these glimpses into the guys’ minds. They both know who Lia is but she has no idea who they are, so that was fun!
The world building was pretty awesome, too. The political intrigue, the hints of a prophecy, the amazing nature and wildlife (especially in the last part of the novel) – The Kiss of Deception has them all.
All in all, I’m really excited about The Heart of Betrayal, which has already been published, so I’ll probably be getting around to reading it soon. Judging by the reviews it received, it’s even better than the first book. I like coming to a series a bit late (like with Throne of Glass) so I don’t have to wait as long for the sequels to be published. The Beauty of Darkness is scheduled to arrive in 2016.
Have you read The Kiss of Deception? What did you think?
Do you prefer a single point of view in a story or do you like multiple perspectives?
I’d love to hear from you! :)