A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer

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.

Find the heir, win the crown. 
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.


Title : A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Author : Brigid Kemmerer
Series : Cursebreakers (book two)
Format : eARC
Page Count :
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Bloomsbury YA
Release Date : January 7, 2020

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5


Hollis’ 3.5 star review

That moment when the ending gives you an ‘aHA‘ moment that almost redeems a major factor that had been dogging most of the book. But.. doesn’t quite.. do it. So close, though.

Some of the things I disliked in book one were both present in this one and yet not. In some ways some of my issues did mellow; the characters that annoyed me went through a growing pain stage and we’ve come out the other side of it; and the one element I was kind of side-eyeing at the end of book one has completely gone away. And as a result of that, it opened the door for what was one of my favourite parts of this follow up installment.

A lot of this book is going from one place, to another, away again, then elsewhere, and then back to where it all began. There’s a lot of running around. Thankfully some of that is used to further some character relationships, as well as introduce a few new characters — two of whom I really enjoy — so it wasn’t all wandering about without purpose while the clock ran down on the ‘time left to finish book’ countdown.

There were definitely some surprises, some things I didn’t think we’d see until book three (if ever), and particularly one thing.. well, again, it explains a lot. I don’t like it, it doesn’t forgive, but it makes so much sense. I just almost wish it didn’t. How’s that for vaguery..

Anyway, I think based on where we got to with this one, where things are set up to go, some elements of book three will be frustrating (not, like, because of the author, but because of certain situations) in the way of book one, and also totally kick ass. She says, hopefully.

If you liked book one, I think you’ll like this one even more.

** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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