Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #2
Format: Hardcover purchased from Barnes and Noble
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?
The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.
In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.
::Spoilers for A Curse So Dark and Lonely ahead::
I’m going to be super cheesy for a minute: my heart is definitely not fierce and absolutely broken after reading this book.
I am such a huge fan of Rhen and I hardcore ship Rhen and Harper. TBH, I ship Rhen, Harper, and Grey altogether, but with the introduction of Lia Mara, everything has changed.
This book absolutely solidified my devotion to Rhen and Harper in ways I didn’t think possible considering they are in this book so infrequently. But the moments these two were on page, just made me adore their bond even more.
As with A Curse So Dark and Lonely, this next installment was also extremely subtle and nuanced and very character driven, though I feel like the plot played a bigger role this time around than it did in the first book.
I’m not complaining.
At first, I was disheartened that we didn’t get much from Rhen and Harper, but I adore Grey, so I wasn’t too broken up about it. I didn’t expect to love Lia Mara as much as I did – and so immediately.
I was confused by her POV introduced in this book and it didn’t dawn on me until near the middle of the book that there would be a romance blooming with her. And just like Rhen and Harper’s romance, this romance simmered until it boiled over at the end … just as I like it and have come to expect from this series.
I adored being in Lia Mara’s head and learning to love her as much as I loved Harper. Harper still holds a special place in my heart, but Lia Mara is very close behind. I also so appreciated how much Lia Mara respected Harper’s badassery, it was fun seeing it through a new character’s eyes.
I wanted to hate Rhen for what he was doing, but despite not being in his head to fully understand, I have so much adoration for his character, I had to believe that he had his reasons. Though, at times, it didn’t seem like there could possibly be any explanation for the horrible things he was doing to my other dear love, Grey.
As my trust in Rhen kept rattling and was near broken completely, it wasn’t until the very end that instead of my trust breaking, my heart broke completely… for Rhen.
That last scene with Rhen and Harper and Grey tore me apart. And it wasn’t overly dramatic, it wasn’t blatantly heart-wrenching, it was a subtle annihilation. I could not handle how completely heartbroken I was for Rhen at the end… and goddammit I have no idea how I’m going to make it through these next few months without the next book in this series.
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Bookshelf Placement: Already there!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars