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 assasin 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.
Well this book was basically completely perfect and I am utterly obsessed!
The Kiss of Deception has world building that blew my mind. I was sucked into Morrighan, Dalbreck, Venda and Terravin through vivid images and beautifully descriptive writing. One of my absolute favourite things about this book was how wonderful and strong the world building is. If a high fantasy is fully brought to life, it’s so simple to imagine what life is like in that setting. I could feel the gritty sand on long journey’s, the over bearing heat of a desert wasteland and the soft breezes of an ocean-side paradise.
I was thrown for SO many loops in this and I am so happy about that. There was one point where I was freaking out so hard over something that i’m happy I was alone in my house. The twists stay true to the title of this book, as deception abounds and surprises that I did not see coming left me so pleased. I don’t know if people will see it coming or not but I certainly didn’t and I think the fact that an author can flip everything you think to be true on its head is a true talent.
Lia is a brilliant leading lady. She is strong and willful, fiercely loyal but determined to do what she believes is the right thing for her. She grows and makes smart choices, but she’s also a young girl and makes mistakes. What I loved about her though is that she owns up to them.
The romance was brilliant. I have never wanted a couple to be a couple more than these two and because it is a love triangle-ish, I will leave that vague. The occasionally alternating POV’s added an extra layer of knowledge to the plot, except at the same time it totally doesn’t because of that twist. It also added a fantastic level of swoon! If you’re not a fan of love triangles, don’t worry, it’s not a big one. The feelings aren’t reciprocated on one end and I like that it’s not a typical love triangle.
The supporting characters were wonderfully fleshed out, and I am can’t wait to get to know certain ones a bit more in the second book. The ending has me absolutely salivating for the next book. It was the perfect place to end this one. Mary Pearson left us hanging, but with a thread of hope so strong.
I lovedlovedloved The Kiss of Deception and if you’re a fan of YA High Fantasy at all, you need to get your hands on this book. It was a wonderful start to what i’m sure is going to be a fantastic trilogy.