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The Kiss of Deception

The Remnant Chronicles

Mary E. Pearson

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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 assassin 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. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.

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CHAPTER ONE

 

Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.

The wind knew. It was the first of June, but cold gusts bit at the hilltop citadelle as fiercely as deepest winter, shaking the windows with curses and winding through drafty halls with warning whispers. There was no escaping what was to come.

For good or bad, the hours were closing in. I closed my eyes against the thought, knowing that soon the day would cleave in two, forever creating the before and after of my life, and it would happen in one swift act that I could no

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Praise for The Kiss of Deception

Praise for The Kiss of Deception:

"The Kiss of Deception has it all—beautiful writing, heart-pounding suspense, a fiery princess, and an epic romance that’ll make you swoon. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!" —Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals

"The Kiss of Deception is a deeply satisfying, intricately plotted fantasy where no one—no one—is quite what they seem. Full of lush writing and rich, complex characters, readers will quickly become enmeshed in the intricate web of lies that have been woven into the very fabric of the kingdom itself. A thoroughly engrossing read—I couldn’t put it down!" —Robin LaFevers, New York Times–bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

"This is the kind of story I love—a heart-pounding tale of magic and murder, betrayal and romance set in a richly imagined fantasy landscape." —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times–bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Heir Chronicles

*"The first in a marvelous new fantasy series that is sure to find an audience with devotees of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" . . . Romance, adventure, mysticism—this book has it all and it just may be the next YA blockbuster." —School Library Journal, Starred Review

*"Pearson offers readers a wonderfully full-bodied story: harrowing, romantic, and full of myth and memory, fate and hope . . . this has the sweep of an epic tale."—Booklist, Starred Review

*"Peppered with excerpts from sacred texts and traditional songs, the novel has a formidable heroine at its core, who is as quick with a knife as she is to laugh or cry. Pearson maintains the mystery of Rafe and Kaden’s identities, pulling readers through this masterfully crafted story." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Pearson’s first book in her Remnant Chronicles is thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the first page to the last and will find themselves eagerly anticipating the next installment. Pearson pairs a rich and varied plot with a fiery and headstrong heroine." —Romantic Times

"Pearson’s writing is beautiful, and her ability to twist a plot into knots keeps the reader wanting more." —BookPage

"This thick book is fantastical and interesting (with a bit of mystery thrown in!)....There's a lot of mystery that spices up the book. It's not all about the mystery, but it's on the peripheral always, which makes it that much more interesting." —USAToday

"Lia herself is a likeable heroine, and the selfishness in her act of leaving a kingdom in shambles for some future love is negated by her obvious naivete about political strategies and romantic relationships . . . Most intriguing are the two love interests, though, partly because of the way Pearson structures their narrating chapters." —BCCB

"Rich and exciting . . . a bold ending whets appetites for the next installment." —Kirkus Reviews

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* “Raises the ante in unexpected ways until the very last page.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “This is a beautiful blend of science fiction . . . and teen-relationship novel that melds into a seamless whole.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This is an amazingly powerful, thought-provoking, just brilliant novel.” —Teen Book Review

* “[An] outstanding examination of identity, science and ethics.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “This novel is truly unlike any other I have ever read and is a breath of fresh air.” —ELLEgirl

Praise for The Fox Inheritance:

“Riveting, thought-provoking.” —Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

* “A dazzling blend of science fiction, mystery, and teen friendship drama.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Gripping, urgent, and highly appealing.” —School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mary E. Pearson

  • Mary E. Pearson is the author of seven novels for teens, including the popular Jenna Fox trilogy. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

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