Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. BYR
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Kiss of Deception is exactly the type of fantasy I love reading about–not one with dragons, but rather, one with a magical air of mystery and rivalries among the kingdoms. While this book has a much stronger focus on romance than the usual fantasy story, there is much space for the magical elements to be developed.
Furthermore, the atmosphere and setting in The Kiss of Deception was spot on and perfect. I think it really enhanced the storytelling and the characters’ growth. Set mostly in a village and an inn, it was innocent but full of possibilities in itself. I loved it.
The magic aspect is a bit confusing throughout the story because not much is revealed, and with addition of a different language and multiple passages, I was quite lost. However, it did not hinder my reading experience. It’s full of potential and I trust Pearson to reveal the knowledge of this world in the following books.
In all, while The Kiss of Deception had a few teeny tiny flaws, I overlooked most of them because they are easily redeemable in following books. This book has to be one of the best (if not THE best) non-contemporary book I have read all year. Definitely check this one out if you’re in for a swoony assassin and prince, wonderfully developed characters, and a spot-on fantasy atmosphere.