Review: The Beauty of Darkness

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

First off, that’s a really lackluster synopsis isn’t it? I mean, you have to have read the other books to understand any aspect of this, and even then, it gives you no information on what to look for in this finale.

Going into this I was not as amped as a lot of people. I didn’t really enjoy the first book, but the second one got some points from me and pulled me in enough to want to finish the series. I chose not to reread either of the other books before going into this one, and I had to look up a recap because I didn’t remember certain characters and events. I did get back into the swing of things pretty quickly though.

My overall reaction to this last book in the series was a general liking. I wasn’t thrilled by it, I thought it was too long, there was a sad return to some of the angst of the first book, and I again could have done without the POV of Pauline. However, I did like the realism of the relationship between Rafe and Lia, and their perspective responsibilities to their kingdoms. I liked the growth and closure we saw with the characters, especially Kaden. And I enjoyed the toppling of the conspirators and culmination of Lia’s gift.

So overall, a pleasing conclusion to a series that I find only average. It’s certainly entertaining though and there is a clear improvement throughout the series in the quality of the story.

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