Blog Tour ~ The Heart of Betrayal (Guest Post+Giveaway)

About The Book:

Series: The Remnants Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length:  480 Pages
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. 

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 amongst 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.

Mary E. Pearson is one of my favorite authors, so I was especially thrilled to be included in the tour. Her writing is beautiful, and I adore her books. You can read my review of her latest book here.

The Heart of Betrayal takes place in Venda, and Lia comes to realize that everything she assumed and thought of Venda was untrue. These people aren't barbarians; they're merely misunderstood. I loved the details of the Vendan tribes and way of life, and today Mary shares some information on Vendan culture.

Guest Post ~ Vendan Culture

Venda is poor. Very poor. So a large part of their culture revolves around survival and fierce loyalty.  When the Devastation occurred, and later borders were drawn and new kingdoms born, Venda got the worst of the lot—an isolated land with rocky soil and harsh weather. It takes a lot of work to produce food there, and they have to pull together to do it.  

One of the traditions born of this poverty comes from the clan of the Meurasi. There are many clans that make up Venda, but the Meurasi is the oldest and their bloodline reaches all the way back to Lady Venda, the namesake of the kingdom. As it was explained to Lia, the Meurasi “clothe their own even if they have to piece together scraps to do it. Everyone contributes what they can.” So to wear a piece of clothing that is the “work of many hands and fabrics” is an honored symbol of fierce loyalty and acceptance.

While loyalty is a good thing, and offers some beautiful glimpses of Venda,  the consequences of disloyalty are severe and swift. Punishment is meted out by the Komizar himself, or the Quarterlords who help govern the sprawling, overcrowded city. Stealing, for instance—even a loaf of bread—is considered a grave disloyal act which puts fellow citizens at risk. Of course stealing is bad, but don’t get caught for this crime in Venda or you’re likely to lose something—you know, like something that’s attached to your body? And no one is too young to face these consequences.

Like the other kingdoms, Venda is built on the ashes of a bygone world, but because of their fight to survive they haven’t had the resources or even the energy to explore it—and they may be sitting on the greatest wealth of all the kingdoms—the wisdom of the Ancients at their fingertips. What would you do if you discovered you had the knowledge of the ages in your possession? Probably not what the Komizar plans to do. I hope.

About The Author:

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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Macmillan is kindly providing a finished copy of The Heart of Betrayal to one lucky winner, US/CA.
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  1. Pearson's excellent world building is evident in this bit about Vendan culture. I really liked how Lia thought the bones the Vendans wear meant one thing but they really meant another. Both usages made sense, but their real useage added complexity to the people.

  2. My favorite characters are Lia first of all. This is really her story. My other favorite character is Kaden -- and yes I've finished this book. But his character arch is far more interesting than Rafe's.

    Although I have read it an extra copy would be nice so I can force it on my friends and/or family, to indoctrinate them. ;)

  3. Great guest post, I love how the author fleshed out the world in this one! Venda sounds like a truly fearsome place to live, with poverty and lots of risk.

  4. Right now... Lia is my favorite character in the series. I haven't yet read The Heart of Betrayal, so I'm only going on what I know from KoD.

    P.S. Twitter totally unfollowed you for me. Thank goodness I always check when I enter giveaways or I would have never known. Stupid Twitter. :(

  5. I haven't yet read this series, so I don't have a favorite character....yet...

  6. I'm currently reading Kiss of Deception and I love it! My favorite character so far is Lia, though that may change later... I want to win this book because, as I stated above, I am loving Kiss of Deception, and would like to read the second book as soon as I'm finished with the first. I've check my local libraries and asked my friends but they don't have The Heart of Betrayal. :'(

  7. I haven't started this series yet, but the world building sounds so incredibly vivid and really well built to immerse readers within the storyline. I love rich worlds and desperate to grab a copy of book one now. Thanks for sharing Rach and good luck to everyone who enters! Thanks for sharing poppet <3

  8. RAFE! I want to win this book because I need more! Everyone is saying that it's better than the first one and I need it now!!

  9. I loved Lia and Pauline! I ADORED Kiss of Deception, and can't wait to read Heart of Betrayal!

  10. That's a gorgeous cover!

  11. I haven't started the series yet, since I was waiting for the release of The Heart of Betrayal before starting Kiss of Deception! I've heard they're both fantastic, and since I'm on a book ban for the next few months, I'm hoping to get to Kiss of Deception soon enough :)

  12. I've heard such good things about this book! I hate to follow the crowd, but Lia is probably my favorite.

  13. I think that I like Rafe for because he's a good guy, and I like Kaden because he's just a really fascinating character. I would love to win this giveaway because my book buying budget has been tight as of late, and I really want to be able to read The Heart of Betrayal.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  14. Tbh, this guest post went over my head a bit since I haven't read the first book, BUT I plan to binge read the first two books (or the whole series) at some point. I keep hearing over and over how great it is. I want to see what the fuss is about. :P

  15. I want this book because it seams that everybody loves this series so I want to experience it for myself. I haven't read the first one but i want to read it really bad!

  16. I just bought the first book so I do not have a fav character yet! Ask in 2 hours! :D I really want to read HoB is bc I just bought the first book! :P
    Mary G Loki

  17. I equally love Kaden and Rafe for different reasons. I would love to win this book since I absolutely loved the first book!


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