A Beautifully Crafted Sequel | Review: A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

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If you were enchanted by A Curse So Dark and Lonely, get ready to fall even more in love with the Cursebreakers world!


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.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer 
Rating: ★★★★★

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. I will try to keep this as free of spoilers as possible. Upon its release, I'll probably update it a bit more to include a bit more detail.

Reading a sequel can be daunting. After the ending of A Curse So Dark and Lonely I wasn't sure where the story would, or could, possibly go. Are we ever? Literature is filled with uncertainty, like life. We have questions. The big questioning lingering at the forefront of A Heart So Fierce and Broken is both simple and not; now that this curse is broken, where do we go from here?

Endings are never as simple as they seem. Curses, and those who break them, are more complex than just, " The curse has been lifted. " They wouldn't be a curse if things ended easily. Like many things in life, and fantasy, there is more than meets the eye.

Nothing is ever easy. Not really. This is probably what I liked most about A Heart So Fierce and Broken. That, and it wasn't quite what I expected from a sequel. Which is a good thing! I like the unexpected. I like stumbling into fantasy blindly. For me, it makes the experience all the more enthralling. As a reader, we're taken on a journey once more--of epic proportions, of love and of friendship, of curses and of destiny.

In short? It is a new story that is all about what comes next and how to go about embracing your destiny.

Much like its predecessor, A Heart So Fierce and Broken isn't just one type of story. It has a little bit of everything you loved about A Curse So Dark and Lonely and then a little extra sprinkled in. The mixture of familiar faces and newbies is done wonderfully and Kemmerer keeps on impressing me with her storytelling skills. There is good and bad in this, but for the most part I really appreciated where she took this story and who was in the spotlight.

(PLUS. All! That! Character! Development!)

For lack of a better statement: this was genuinely a good sequel and I enjoyed it. A LOT. Although it is flawed, I still genuinely adored it. Kemmerer may have stomped on my heart and left me in cruel anticipation of the third novel, but I wouldn't change a thing about it. That's a lie. More Harper would have been cool, a little more development behind Lia Mara would also be cool, and Rhen's story-arch wasn't always my cup of tea.

Is this really relevant to my rating of the book? Not really. Because at the end of the day A Heart So Fierce and Broken took me on an adventure that was impossible to put down. Again, I found myself in a heap of emotion and remembered why I read this genre in the first place. I'm so excited to see where Kemmerer takes the story next. I have high hopes for the third, and final (?????) book set in within this world.

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