- Page Count: 492
- Release Date: January 8, 2104
- My Rating: 5 stars
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
This is my third time reading Kiss of Deception and I’m still having an identity crisis. Like which one is he, who do I actually like, WHO AM I EVEN. Gaaaah I love this series so much.
I’m so excited for the final book that I’m reading all of these again to get ready. And this perfect little book is still everything YA fantasy should be. Like the pacing kind of dragged in the last bit and I didn’t even care because I loved the world and characters so much.
The basic plot: Lia doesn’t want to marry this prince she’s never met, so she flees her kingdom with her best friend and ends up in the world’s cutest little fishing village where they work as barmaids. The story is told through the alternating POVs of Lia, the snubbed prince who is tracking her, and an assassin paid to kill her. The story’s execution is easily the best part, so I don’t want to spoil anything else.
Things that worked perfectly:
– the worldbuilding is gorgeous and SO detailed
– strong female friendships that pass the Bechdel test!
– MAGIC AND PRINCES AND POLITICS AND CASTLES YES
– that freaking plot twist.
– the fishing village is one of my favorite book settings ever
– so many wonderful, strong characters
– I need more main characters like Lia. She’s capable, determined, and resourceful, yet caring. She gets stuff done without being rude about it.
So the first time I read this I thought that Kaden was Rafe, and then when I realized I was wrong I stayed loyal to the role/name and just jumped characters? Idk this book messes with my head so much. This time I just plowed through the whole thing like “#TeamKaden don’t make me second guess this.” And we’re good.