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Publisher's Summary

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape...and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile the foundations of Lia's deeply held beliefs are crumbling beneath her. Nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to her but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized by the kingdoms of Dalbreck and Morrighan. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people...and her own destiny.

Read by Emily Rankin, with Ryan Gesell, Kirby Heyborne, Kim Mai Guest, and Ann Marie Lee.

©2015 Listening Library (P)2015 Mary E. Pearson

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Great story, can't wait for book 3!

Ive loved this series! It has a great storyline, with a love triangle but different from the usual love triangle scenarios that are easy to predict. It's very well written by the author. I thought the 2nd book kept my interest just as much as the first book, although it did tend to run a little long in some areas, but still held my attention that I didn't want to put it down.
For the most part the performances by the narrators were good, although I was not crazy about the voice of Cayden. Thought he was a little bit robotic and creepy sounding.... Great series though and can't wait for book 3

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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New favorite book and narration

Wonderful. The story itself and the narration. Even better than the first in the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Okay

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't stop anyone from reading/listening to it--but I also wouldn't heartily recommend it. I think it might have been better read than as an audiobook, as sometimes I got confused by the gaps in changing POVs and where we were in the timeline of events.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I liked the person who played Rafe--the voice matched the character.

Any additional comments?

I was slightly disappointed with this. I bought it as a road trip listen, and it took me months to finish it because I just couldn't get into it until midway through. I don't think the character development was totally there, or at least it wasn't consistent with the characters as I recall them from the first book, and that comes across more when you hear it aloud than when you read it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love all the characters even more in the second book.

This book made me love all the characters in their own special way! I can't decide who I want Leah to end up with. Raff and Kaden are both so sweet to her, but very different. Book 3 can't come fast enough!

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just ok

first off audible did not list this as a second book in series. I was having a hard time following it. I was thinking man this reads as a second book not a first. I can't figure who these characters are. so I googled the book and author. and yep it was a second in series. but other that that it was OK. I just wished the princess was tougher. it kind of drug a bit.

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Very enjoyable

Good riding, very well-developed characters, haven’t figured it all out yet which is fun.

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My favorite book in the world other than the first one

Idk wat to say about this story. I definitely recommend a listen. BY FAR THE BEST BOOK. 10/10 recommend.

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great!

good narration, great continuation of series, would recommend and read again. can't say the same about 3rd book :(

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Unexpected

I'm really enjoying Lea's journey.
The story has a lot or twists an information that you have to put together.
I really like the different perspectives from the other characters.

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Loved it!

I just love all the different characters and readers in this book. I feel like they do a great job. Just the right balance for me of conflicting emotions and characters that it keeps you guess what is going to happen and by whom.

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  • Rachel
  • 03-29-16

Gripping and beautiful

Wonderfully narrated! An amazing second book to the series. It will have you falling in love with Kaden while understanding and appreciating Lia and Rafe even more.

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  • caroline
  • 10-05-15

Juicy !

Love the ending ! Roll on next year ! Can't wait for the next instalment ! Great narrating ! Well done all involved ?

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  • 09-01-17

fantastic

I was hooked to the very last word, already downloading book 3 as I type

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  • Lyndsey T.
  • 08-29-16

Richly detailed fantasy adventure

I loved this sequel to Kiss of Deception, the different cultures that we are introduced to are so beautifully described and well thought out. This series is quickly becoming one of my favourites, I can't wait to read Beauty of Darkness and see how it ends!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-17

Absolutely loved this book!

Loved everything about this book, the story line, the character development, the turmoil, the unexpected plot twists, the world setting and the romantic plots. Thoroughly entertained and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. This is my new favourite series that I will re-read again and again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-17

Love these books so much!

Really good sequel to the first book, I'm so in love with the characters and the story!