Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country . . . and her own destiny.
Synopsis from Chapters.Indigo.ca
We get to see Venda! I was so excited to jump into reading this after finishing "The Kiss of Deception" and we were left on a pretty decent cliffhanger about what would happen to these characters next. For three people who started off lying to each other, Lia, Rafe, and Kaden have now been given a lot of time to get to know each other better.
What I Liked:
Overall, I thought this was a great book. Often, the second book in a trilogy gets bogged down between the exciting beginning and the exciting end, but in this case I honestly felt that "The Heart of Betrayal" was equally good as "The Kiss of Deception". We get to see real character growth, discover a new country, and learn more about the secret prophecy that Lia is part of. I couldn't put this book down and am now diving into "The Beauty of Darkness" to find out how this all ends!!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
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