Book Review: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)

Posted October 6, 2016 in 4 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Review: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Published by Henry Holt and Company
Published On: August 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: YA - some violence, a teeny bit of sexual content
4 Stars
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Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.


For the most part I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t an epic conclusion like I was expecting but I was happy. I loved that we finally got to go back to Lia’s hometown and confront all the drama there. It ended up being much better than I thought it was going to be thanks to a couple plot twists. I wasn’t expecting the things that happened at the castle to happen! There was tons of betrayal and it was impossible to tell who you could trust! I also thought the mini siege scene was really cool and I loved seeing Lia take that leadership role.

I think Lia was easily the best character in this book. She really stepped up and started taking things really seriously. Not just herself but her people. She didn’t care that they had all cast her aside because of some lies. All she cared about was saving everyone from the possible threat that was coming. She really showed us that you have to fight for the things you love. I was also really glad we were reunited with some characters from the first book! Everyone was coming together for this one big battle and I loved seeing the new and old characters working together.


Sadly, I was a little underwhelmed by this book. I really loved the first two books so this one had some fairly high hopes. I was expecting a crazy ending to this trilogy but I don’t feel like I got it.

I was also really upset that Kaden was kind of only a secondary character in this book where in the first two he played big rolls. He was just cast off to the side except when Lia needed something, of course. Then he was right there beside her. We did learn a little more about his upbringing but it wasn’t enough for me to forgive the author for not giving him a better roll in this book. Especially since he was a HUGE part of book two and I thought there was still some unresolved things there but I guess not.


This is a great series for fantasy lovers! There’s a lot of plot twists and surprising elements to keep you on your toes! The books can seem really long (and they are) but it will be worth it in the end!


An great ending to a series full of mystery and intrigue. This author always knows how to keep us on our toes and keep us from putting this book down!



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2 responses to “Book Review: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)

  1. I also don’t like Kaden’s diminished role. I also didn’t like the romance-ending. Not just because of who she ended up with, but it’s like she magically wanted everyone to have a happy ending so conjured up a romance out of nowhere… I did love the mini siege in the castle, and really liked the book overall. I guess I was just disappointed with Kaden’s role in it all.

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