The Beauty of Darkness – Mary E. Pearson (Review)

Title: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR), 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:


Can I just say that these covers are beautiful? #coverlove for me! Here’s the whole beautiful series because they are all so gorgeous…


Even Pearson admits that the covers are works of art! I would have and frame each one in poster form. (Hint, hint for Christmas, πŸ˜‰)

I don’t even know where to begin with this review…as it is the conclusion of the series, I’m sure I might add spoilers…but I’ll do the very best I can.


I would warn you that if haven’t read at LEAST the first book, and you plan to, I would skip this one. At least for now. I’d hate to be responsible for ruining a book for anyone. And the spoilers are probably unintentional. I’ll try…but it’s hard.


So here is a map that I know was included in The Kiss of Deception…it shows where the kingdoms of Morrighan, Dalbreck, and Venda are located. And the large expanse is the Cam Lanteaux, the large desert that is neutral area and where no people can settle. I love this story world: it is rich and highly developed. Languages are written like Tolkien did in LoTR. It’s truly an amazing series (can you tell by now that this is going to be a rave review?)

So at this point, Lia and Rafe has escaped the clutches of the Komizar. He is dead, or so we think. Lia stabbed him with s knife, and his guts spilled out…right?

As Rafe and his team take Lia to an outpost, they realize they are being followed. Kaden is with Griz and they are determined to find Lia. The only thing on Lia’s mind is warning the people of Morrighan, her people, about the Komizar’s army…even if he’s dead. The Vendan army is huge: 120,000 strong. Neither Morrighan nor Dalbreck have that kind of backing.

All meet up on the way, and Kaden shows his loyalty is to Lia. He follows along and joins the group headed to the outpost (this book is 600 plus pages long, and this is just the beginning, I promise. I’m trying the basics here: the most important stuff only to hook you! Mwhahaha!). When they arrive, Lia knows she must go to Morrighan; her gift warns her not to delay. Rare keeps her against her will, as she is a wanted criminal in her hometown for fleeing her wedding (in the first book). She does not care, because Morrighan and the people are part of her. And so, now, is Venda. She wants to protect them from the Komizar’s revenge.

As Rafe let’s her finally go, he does it knowing he may never see Lia again. But there’s a strain between them…and that strain isn’t just Kaden, who happens to be planning to join her on her trip. As they part ways, Lia has a long journey ahead of her. She must play her part in the prophecy, the one in The Song of Venda:

β€œUntil one comes who is mightier,

The one sprung from misery,

The one who was weak,

The one who was hunted,

The one marked with claw and vine,

The one named in secret,

The one called Jezelia.”

Is it Classroom-Appropriate?

Yes, but it’s impossible to use. The books are extremely long and filled with information. They are like epics. There’s nothing inappropriate to keep them out of the classroom, but time is limited and it would be impossible to expect a student to read this book, especially since it needs the other two for context. I would definitely recommend it for voracious readers as outside reading, if I would keep a copy of the three books on a shelf in the classroom that teens could borrow. They could “check them out” like a library, which is what I’m planning to do in my classroom: have a class library. In that instance, I would encourage students to read these books.

Age Range:

Lexile.com recommends ages 14-18 (and up, of course), and I agree wholeheartedly. This is not for content but for the complexity of the story line and the text itself. It rates an HL760L, which isn’t incredibly high…but it’s the underlying events and schemes that take a sharp mind to follow. It is a book I would NOT give a reluctant reader as the length of the novel would discourage them. I’d probably make sure whoever I recommended it to was a fan of high fantasy, or epics, because there’s a lot of goings on in the world of The Remnant Chronicles. The books kind of remind me of Lord of the Rings (LoTR) not just because of the creation of a language, but because of the map and the history and the cultural shifts. This book is rich. It needs a reader that will not get discouraged, though I never did.

End Result:

I’m sure y’all know what I’m going to give this book if you’ve gotten this far…obviously for me this one was a solid β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…. Everything about this novel was just perfect, with the romance, suspense, intrigue, and heartbreak. I barely scratched the surface with my review because I don’t want to ruin the book for others, but it’s GOOD! SO GOOD! I added it to my favorites once I finished. Pearson gave me a solid ending, though she did freak me out with a couple false endings that I was relieved by the end. Pearson, you gave me the fright of my night with some of the ends of your chapters! My heart was on the floor last night and I had to pick it up and dust it off.


So, when are you going to read The Beauty of Darkness? Or, in the case that you haven’t read any of the books, The Remnant Chrinicles?

Better get crackin’! Happy Reading!

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28 thoughts on “The Beauty of Darkness – Mary E. Pearson (Review)

  1. I skimmed this review because I have yet to even read the first book. It’s on my to-read list, along with the other two in this series, but I haven’t found the time to get around to it. I will admit your five star review for this book is making me want to move it up my to-read list a fair bit! πŸ˜€
    I’m glad you liked this book Stephanie, and I definitely agree with you on the cover love for all three books, they’re so gorgeous! πŸ˜€

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    1. I KNOW you will love this series…I haven’t seen a negative review yet. You have to read it as soon as you can.
      I’m glad you skipped it bc without the first one, it kind of gives away some of the plot. It is so hard to review a sequel or conclusion book. But thanks for at least stopping by! 😘

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      1. I haven’t seen any reviews so I will be going into these books completely blind, no negative reviews colouring my opinion!
        Yeah, and I think it’s impossible to avoid spoilers for the first book in second/third book reviews, just because the plot moves forwards. Once I have read the series I’ll be sure to check out your review again and read it in full! πŸ˜€

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    2. Well, I hope you read it soon, because I know you’ll love it. This is the first series I could see myself reading again (besides HP because I never finished it). It’s just so imaginative. And the main character is likeable and not “speshul” like all the other vanilla protagonists. I can’t wait to find out how you feel about these books!

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    3. I’m just excited to see how you feel about it! Let me know when you sink your teeth into this series…and I understand nothing can bring down HP. It’s not MY fave series, but it’s up there. It’s pretty good. Then again, I haven’t read all the books so it technically could be my favorite once I read them all. But probably not without some major romance involved, because I like me some romance and Harry was a bit of a cold fish in the movies, lol! πŸ˜‰

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      1. I definitely will, I can’t say when because I’m a mood reader but I’ve added this series to my to-read list so when I get started I’ll let you know.
        For me nothing can ever bring down HP, and WHAT?! You really need to read the rest of the books! I think you’ll enjoy the books a lot more than the movies, and there is a little romance in the last couple of books as well! πŸ˜€

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    4. All right! It’s a plan! We will both read the other’s recommendation. Though you only have three compared to my seven!! But the Remnant Chronicles books are long (the last one was 600+ pages) so I guess it’s fair. I don’t know how long the average HP book is.

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    5. Honestly. I think it was sucked into a void! Bc I have no idea where it went.
      It was November 1st…then it was today. The rest is a blur,
      I should probably take meds for that, huh? πŸ€”πŸ’Š
      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thank you! I hope I didn’t spoil anything for you…I tried to leave a lot out, but you know at least the “twist” in the first book: were you surprised at who was who when it came to Rafe and Kaden? I was!!

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      1. Me too! I get friended by a lot of people that don’t have book blogs, and I don’t tend to follow them because I really want to focus on talking books. In the beginning I friended everyone that friended me, and there’s a couple blogs I’ll comment on that don’t deal with books because I have been friends with them for so long, but I started a book blog to talk books! You know?

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    2. Omg, me too!! Wasn’t that a twist that was like, “What??” I remember reading that and going, “Oh, snap! Damn!!” I was totally hoodwinked!
      I’m so glad you know what I’m talking about, lol!! That’s what’s so great about fangirling over books! πŸ˜‚

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    1. Oh, five stars for sure! I’ve rated each book five stars, but my other reviews are older bc I had to wait for this one to co,e out when the other two had already been released by the time I read it.
      I hope you check it out…the first one is AWESOME!!

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