This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
Narrator: Melissa Bayern, Kate Handford, Davis Brooks, Matt Reeves
Also by this author: A Curse So Dark and Lonely , A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Series: Cursebreakers #3
Also in this series: A Curse So Dark and Lonely , A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc on 26th January 2021
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Retellings, YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 12 hours and 36 minutes
Amazon Kindle, Audible
Face your fears, fight the battle.Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.
Fight the battle, save the kingdom.Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey's deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.
As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.
I’m going to start by saying this review will most likely contain spoilers for the first 2 books. If you haven’t read them I would suggest doing so and then coming back. I LOVED the first two books in this series. Book one blew me away and gave me such a love for this series but this book just left me feeling a bit flat. It’s the shortest of the 3 books and the pages weren’t even used to their best.
At the end of book 2, we knew war was coming but the first half of this book is preparing for said war. I understand that the author was trying to show us there is more to war than just the battle but did we need 200 pages to tell us this, IMO no we did not. This really slowed down the pace of the book. I was stuck for ages at the beginning of the book because it was a bit boggy to read. Once you are through this the second half of the book is a joy to read.
I know some people are team Grey or team Rhen but I do truly love both characters. Grey has always been loyal to Rhen but he can’t stand by and let Rhen destroy Emberfall. I also love Harper. Harper is a much stronger character for me than Lia Mara. There were many times that I wanted to tell Lia Mara to stand up for herself. To tell people I am in charge now and you listen to me, not to my sister. Harper has always fought for what she believes in.
I listened to an interview with Brigid before I read this book and she said that the characters all get what they deserve and in a way, I guess she is right. They do get what they deserve, some actually get more than they deserve (not in a mean way). This book left SO MUCH unresolved. It doesn’t read like the ending and while I know Brigid is planning another book/spin-off this book was sold as the end and quite obvious it is not.
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