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“This sweeping, romantic epic repeatedly turns the tables on the fantasy tropes that readers might be expecting.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN
“Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale: a finely-drawn fantasy world, a heroine rarely seen in fiction, and a tortured hero with a secret. I have only one complaint: I wish the sequel were already available!” ―Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A SPARK OF LIGHT and SMALL GREAT THINGS, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“Absolutely spellbinding.” ―Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“I couldn't get this creative, suspenseful take on 'Beauty and the Beast' out of my head.” ―Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of EVERLESS on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“A fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“Fans of Cassandra Clare, Marissa Meyer, or Alex Flinn, as well as any reader looking to sink into a top-notch story with great characters, will want to read this book.” ―VOYA, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“A complex, creative, and compelling reimagining of Beauty and the Beast.” ―School Library Connection, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
- ASIN : B08HV7N36W
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (January 26, 2021)
- Publication date : January 26, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 6412 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 415 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,431 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I could go on and on but the true mark of a great series is that you still want more when the final page is read. And, even though it ends well, I could read about these characters for forever! I’m already looking forward to a reread!
I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves retellings, well fleshed-out fairytale worlds, chivalrous heroes, feisty heroines, and one nasty enchantress!
“‘Don’t yield to me either.,’ I say, and I have to swallow past the sudden emotion in my throat. ‘Yield to yourself. Yield to forgiveness. Yield to happiness. Yield to this moment. It’s not hers. It’s yours. It’s mine. It’s ours.’” -A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer ⚔️❤️
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I absolutely loved this book. 🥺 It was such a satisfying end to an amazing story. I love the characters so much that even though I enjoyed how it ended I found myself wanting more still. (Lia Mara was meh to me. 😅) I felt like there were still lose ends that weren’t completely tied up, so I would say there could be potential for more? 🧐 (I’m just clinging to hope.) I was so happy we got Harper and Rhen’s POV though. I truly missed them in AHSFAB. It was just.. *chefs kiss*
I’m going to miss these characters but this series will always have a place in my heart. So if you haven’t read A Curse So Dark and Lonely, you definitely should! I 100% recommend this series. ☺️
This story didn't disappoint! I laughed and cried multiple times, and was legit SO invested that I couldn't put it down once I started. I really, REALLY wish it would've kept going because I'm having a major book hangover. But also that ending was absolutely perfect. Felt like I was right there with them. Magical storytelling.
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Grey is still my all time book bae, he gets to be surly and moody as normal here, but we also see his gentle loving side. I kind of felt a bit like Rhen was screwed over a bit with this book, he just gets the raw end of the stick with every little happiness, and where as I wanted to punch him in book two, I just feel really sorry for him throughout Vow. For me the weakest part of the book is Lia Mara, I just found her to be lacking, and when compared with Harper she just felt so weak, and I was kind of urging her sister to annihilate her and take the throne herself.... Harper manages to be kind and compassionate without being weak, and she is still super strong and able to stand up for herself and Emberfall.
As always with the series, there are some amazing side characters, too many to really mention but Isaak and Tycho remain firm favourites, and of course Zo. My favourite moment was definitely Isaak and the kitten!! To go with all these wonderful characters, there are of course some seriously brutal deaths!! One or two may have made me gasp out loud in horror. Lilith is back and she's showing her true wicked colours, and actually she did actually manage to make me shudder a couple of times through this book. I think previously I've just found her mildly annoying, but she's basically now completely and totally insane.
I definitely enjoyed this one more than book two, and its a clear four stars from me, but I did feel somewhat despondent at the very ending, it just didn't feel like the ending the series deserved. I could ramble for ages about why I feel like that, but I don't want to fill this with yet more spoilers.
The old adage 'if you want peace, prepare for war' is proving true at the start of the novel, which picks up from where the second book left off. Lia Mara, the new queen of the kingdom of Syhl Shallow, is determined to rule with compassion and eschew violence. Her populace find this incomprehensible. What's more, her boyfriend Grey has given his half-brother Prince Rhen, currently ruling the neighbouring kingdom of Emberfall, sixty days to yield the crown before he invades with Lia Mara's army. Meanwhile, in Emberfall, Rhen and Harper are isolated, persecuted by an evil sorceress, and are shortly to go to war with their former friends, relatives and allies. The novel follows these four main characters, with chapters from their different viewpoints, as they try to negotiate the politics of power as well as facing the various threats sent their way.
As the third in a trilogy, it's not the place to start reading, so go back to the first novel ('A Curse So Dark and Lonely') and start there. Like all the books, it is easy to 'get into' and very compelling. Full of events and twists and turns, it's hard to put down. It's also a proper tearjerker, particularly with the set up of friends on opposing sides. Readers who fell in love with the trio of Rhen, Harper and Grey are likely to find, as I did, it hard to reconcile them being at war with each other and will feel the emotion of that strongly.
Despite having enjoyed it and recommending it, I felt it lacked some of the excitement of the first two books. This might seem odd in a finale, which should usually save the 'big battle' for last. And there is a big battle. But because I knew the book would conclude the series, I felt like I knew the likely ending before I started, and that did reduce the excitement and tension for me somewhat. In the first two, it wasn't really clear how things would exactly turn out, and in fact Kemmerer put in some pretty good twists, especially in the second novel. So it may be that Cursebreaker is that rarest of things - a trilogy where the second book is the strongest. That said, it is still a good conclusion and I wouldn't necessarily have wanted it to end in any other way. I also note that there is scope here for a fourth book... I don't think that's the plan, but who knows? Certainly if Kemmerer ever did decide to revisit Emberfall, I would be keen to read the result!
I feel sorry for Rhen and everything he has been through. He was not supposed to be the target at the first place for the curse to be on him. He is constantly tormented and even when Lilith is gone he’s left with permanent scars and a huge existential crisis from losing everything he was taught to become/fought for. As life is looking up for Grey and Lia, things continuously worsen for Rhen. Also, I looked for more from the relationship between Rhen and Harper. Grey and Lia have what they want, what about Rhen and Harper? Their relationship does not seem to develop to another stage.
I don’t think anyone deserves what Rhen goes through. It didnt give me any hope that after all the traumas and struggles one goes through there would be better days. Especially not the character that the first book of the trilogy focuses on and got me hooked to this series.
I wish I had stopped at the first book and imagined Rhen’s life will get better after all his pain with the curse and finally found Harper, when Grey found his own freedom and settled with Lia, either of them cared about politics and power at first anyway.
It was an OK experience for me although I do think some details can be shortened. So much tension and anticipation were built for the climax of the series. However when it came to it, there was not much happened at all. Rhen seemed so defeated and Grey, after so much emphasis put on his ability to use magic, could not manage to kill Lilith himself. Also the dagger seemed a bit unhelpful... Many parts of the book made it sound like so much was happening but nothing actually happened at all. The ending made me question what I just read.
It seems like one bad decision can mess with thousands of good deeds you have done after all.
I loved Scary Grey from the start and was always more down with him than Rhen through all the books. In this final instalment we see his character change and whilst I wasn't keen to go down this path I was relieved in the end. The final meeting between Rhen and Grey felt a bit deflated especially given all that was at stake and all the build up to this. Equally, the ending left me feeling that Rhen had been totally cheated of his story and future. Harper is the 'Go to' girl and once more this was proven. Lia Mara....well, I was wishing for a coup as she becomes more annoying as her story continues even agreeing with other reviewers in wishing her sister stepped up into a leading role.
A final book to lets see if Rhen develops into a role that he can thrive in rather than being set aside please....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2021