In our new maybe weekly, definitely at least monthly, feature we jump on the #MusicMonday bandwagon and explore some of our favorite author’s music soundtracks. Our first author in this series is Mary E. Pearson.
Last summer, a little late to the party, we discovered Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles. We immersed ourselves in the world only to later find out that the final book doesn’t release until August of this year. Well, with less than one month to go until its release, we can FINALLY begin our re-read and listen to the music Mary says are her go-to’s for each of the books in preparation for the release of The Beauty of Darkness after the jump.
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.
Mary’s playlist is eclectic and we’d like to thank darksidebooks on Spotify for compiling this playlist. For those not on Spotify, here’s Mary’s list:
- My Immortal by Evanescence
- Breathe No More by Evanescence
- I Will Find You by David Arkenstone
- Love Song by Adele
- Fire by Augustana
- The Promise by Tracy Chapman
- Temple of Silence by Deuter
- Divinity Theme by Craig Armstrong
- Burning by Ludovico Einaudi
- Life by Ludovico Einaudi
- Labyrinth of Dreams by Nox Arcana
- Humility and Love by Christopher Young
- Resilience by Josh Kramer
- Kiss of a Rose by Deuter
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her 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 savages. 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.
While we couldn’t find a compiled playlist, below is Mary’s list of go-to’s to soundtrack your re-read of Heart of Betrayal.
- I SEE FIRE by Ed Sheeran
- KISS ME by Ed Sheeran
- MAKE IT RAIN by Ed Sheeran
- GIVE ME LOVE by Ed Sheeran
- TILL KINGDOM COME by Coldplay
- NEVER SAY NEVER by The Fray
- WHEN WE ARE ONE by Gabriel Mann
- LET HER GO by Passenger
- ALL FALL DOWN by OneRepublic
- STRENGTH OF AN EMPIRE by Two Steps From Hell
- MOMENT OF GRACE by Liquid Mind
- PERSEVERENCE by Michele McLaughlin
- OCEAN WITHOUT SHORES by Constance Demby
- UNDYING LOVE by Two Steps From Hell
- VIAGGIO DI NOTTE by Roberto Cacciapaglia
- INTO THE BLUE by Jonae
To tide us over, and possibly keep us all from screaming as loudly, Mary gave us the Morrighan novella in January. This is story takes place in the Remnant world, but is a precursor to the novels. Beautifully and lyrically written, it will only leave you wanting more, which makes July the perfect time to read this novella.
On August 2, 2016, we’ll be first in line for the final installment of The Remnant Chronicles, The Beauty of Darkness. Here’s a little from the book flap:
Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.
Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.
Playlists were compiled from Mary E. Pearson’s website where you can coincidentally find a tremendous treasure trove of Remnant Chronicles information that includes maps, Pintrest boards, excerpts and fan art.