- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 10885 KB
- Print Length: 460 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1681195119
- Publisher: Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (7 January 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0811YN813
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 224 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Call It What You Want, More Than We Can Tell, 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.
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. A Curse So Dark and Lonely expands on all the beloved themes of Beauty and the Beast to create an intensely original retelling. Full of fierce new characters, wicked magic, and wondrous amounts of heart, Brigid Kemmerer doesn't just tell a story, she builds an entire world that you will never want to leave. (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY)
Heartwarming, thoughtful, and romantic: Brigid Kemmerer took me on a magical journey with this dark fairy tale about growing up, falling in love, and making impossible choices. I can't wait to see where these characters go next. (Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling co-author of MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE 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)
Slow burning, big hearted, magical fun! I loved every minute. (New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins 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)
Beautifully dark, filled with wild adventure and a modern-day heroine every reader will find a bit of themselves in. (Alexandra Christo, author of TO KILL A KINGDOM 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)
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)
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Omg that ending I just can’t at the moment. I’ve been sitting here silently just staring at nothing and trying to process what I read. This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and it did not disappoint.
This took me awhile to read because I was savouring every word and didn’t want it to end. I loved it just as much as the first book. I am slightly upset though that we didn’t get chapters from Rhen and Harper but also understand it.
I liked reading more from Grey’s point of view and loved the inclusion of Lia Mara. If I had to choose I’d say that I still loved Harper and Rhen more. Can we also just give a brief shout out to the craziness that was Karis Luran. Damn that woman was crazy with a capital C.
Now begins the long wait for the third book and what a book it’s going to be. If you haven’t already started this series you must. I’m ordering it!
So; much as it had the traditional problems of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (I don’t want to use the term “Stockholm syndrome” because – surprise sexism alert! – it has a really awful genesis and no grounding in science, which is something I literally learnt yesterday!) I really loved first book ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’. I actually loved first book so much, that when I began reading ‘A Heart So Fierce and Broken’ I was a little bit bummed to realise that this second book is no longer using Rhen and Harper’s alternative POVs, but instead we have King’s guardsman Grey (and recent revelatory heir to the throne of Emberfell) and newcomer Lia Mara, daughter to the rival Syhl Shallow Kingdom as the new protagonists.
Harper and Rhen appear briefly at the start and awfully, in a totally new set-up for their character’s trajectories but then we go off and follow Grey and Lia Mara on their journey to escape increasingly terrible soon-to-be King Rhen and the royal legacies Grey doesn’t want, and Lia Mara has been denied as the first-born daughter who is not the chosen Queen successor.
I was really worried when I started this book that I wouldn’t be able to get into it, and then that’d be all the steam gone out of my sudden reading-surge pulling me out of my slump. But then somebody on Instagram encouraged me that they had enjoyed this second book more than the first, so I put aside my curiosity about what Rhen and Harper were getting up to and actually found myself getting caught up in the on-the-run story of Grey, Lia Mara and co. and the romance that slowly develops between this reluctant usurper and overlooked Princess.
I think the ultimate strength of Kemmerer’s book is that it doesn’t feel like filler, it actually all feels like it’s winding towards a fabulous cliffhanger to then launch us into a really complex third book, ‘A Vow So Bold and Deadly’. And I’ve gotta say – the cliffhanger in ‘Fierce and Broken’ is even better than the one at the end of ‘Dark and Lonely’, and I already thought that was pretty genius.
Third book is coming 2021 (so far AWAY!) and I am really looking forward to whose POV we’ll be getting (my hope and assumption is Rhen and Grey, and if that’s the case I’d actually be super keen to read a little flip in the typical fairytale-retelling that sees the princes and men pull focus and have to learn love and risk-avoidance at a time of potential war.)
I am so enamoured of the ‘Cursebreakers’ series and what Kemmerer is doing here, with considerable skill and flair. This feels like the freshest take on fairytales that I’ve read in a long while, and a lot of that comes from the gender-flipping and playing that she’s working with and just generally the fact that she’s an A++ storyteller. I cannot wait for Book No. 3 – 2021 has never felt so far away with the way 2020 is going, but I can be patient and in the meantime I might go back and re-read Kemmerer’s ‘Elementals’ series just to keep this ball rolling!
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I wasn’t sure what direction this book was going to go in, I certainly didn’t think I was going to love it as much as A Curse so Dark and Lonely but I ended up loving it even more…
This book follows my all time favourite literary characters – Grey. That man has been through so much, and he tries to keep it all hidden. I honestly don’t know how he remained so strong throughout the curse, and then with everything that followed. My heart goes out to him. I love him so much.
Lia Mara was a pleasant surprise. I was charmed almost immediately. She doesn’t see herself the way others do, and I love that she has people around her trying to make her see her strengths.
Iisak and Tycho became instant favourites for me. I swore when reading it if anything happened to Tycho leading up to Grey's questioning I would never forgive Rhen.. And I won’t. I don’t care what is being done to him in secret. I will never get past what happened.
This story was emotional and intense. I didn’t know who to trust. I wasn’t expecting everything to unfold the way it did. I suspected the ending but everything else was a rollercoaster. I want to reread it right now.
"The most dangerous person at the party is always the girl sitting alone with a book.”
Normally sequels worry me as I feel like something is lost in them but I knew this was not going to be the case for this one! Brigid Kemmerer delivers an action-packed story with so many twists and turns and jaw-dropping details that it's nearly impossible to put down!
We get more of Grey's POV in this book and less Harper but we also get introduced to a few new characters that put even more twist on the story. There are times that we find that we want to smack old characters and murder the new ones but it all seems to even out and we get a fantastic story.
The details are rich and the world-building is one the grand scale that we were given before. The twist in the old classic really takes a life of its own and I feel we get a whole new story out of this installment, which stands on its own two feet. The characters are full and realistic; we can empathize with them and root for them like they were old friends.
I don't want to go into too much detail because this book deserves to be read and devoured with an open mind and spoiler-free. I will say that the ending is mind-blowingly awesome and I need book 3 now!!
Everything about these novels just works so well. The characters are loveable - the main characters, and also the secondary ones. Each is an individual and believable, and you root for every one of them, even when they are on different sides. Kemmerer doesn't pull punches - there are some shocking and brutal moments in these stories. The emotional angst is high as the characters we love end up enemies, which is a painful contrast from the friendship and camaraderie between them that got them through the trials of book one. It makes for a highly compelling read.
If you enjoy 'sword and sorcery' type fantasy novels you simply can't go wrong. The plot is strong, the characters great, the writing good quality and flows well. Kemmerer is a fabulous writer and after the cliffhanger ending I really hope she's got her head down working on the next!
I wasn't sure I was going to feel that strongly toward Lia Mara - she is one of the new viewpoints we follow from in this part of the story. But I love her so much! She loves books, she's caring, unflinching, and level headed. I thought I'd miss Harper's view, but I think I liked Lia a bit more.
And that end! By heck do I need to know what is going to happen next!!!
What I Liked:
I loved learning more about Grey and the building relationship between him and Tycho. I also liked Lia Mara a lot. Yes, she's a bit of a Mary Sue, but of late, it actually feels refreshing to read a lead female character who isn't hot-headed. She is a genuine and warm, and Brigid really got that across.
Grey is mega-swoonworthy. We all knew he had it in him, but he's quiet and smouldering intensity was really enjoyable to read. More of that, please.
These books are so well-paced. I normally can't read books where it's essentially a journey from A > B, but she writes with such ease that I didn't mind.
I really enjoyed being introduced to Syhl Shallow and their customs and loved the dynamic between the two sisters. Nolla Verin is really compelling and I hope she's a big player in the next book.
What I Disliked:
I can't help it, I feel like Brigid Kemmerer really did Rhen the dirty in this book. I feel like ACSDAL spun a tale to weave this rash and uncompromising, but ultimately compassionate character, and then AHSFAB tossed him into the flames. EITHER, Rhen has just turned into a paranoid megalomaniac OR this book is simply filler for him to be redeemed in the third and final book. I don't know which would be worse.
I loved Rhen in the first book, and I appreciate that Noah is utilised to explain the concept of PTSD, but there is almost nothing in the way of a soft edge that gives you hope for him going forward, and also presents this condition as pretty one-dimensional, which I feel does sufferers a disservice. I feel like Rhen was sacrificed in order to elevate our opinion Grey, when Grey is an exceptionally-well written character already. Immolating Rhen so utterly just wasn't necessary in order to move the plot along.
I was gutted that we saw so little of Harper, and felt like her passiveness was completely out of character. She saved everyone in the first book with her boldness, goodness and bravery and presumably became a shrinking violet in the couple of months between books? I loved that her POV and Rhen's were so different, whereas sometimes I had to check the chapter title to check whether I was reading Grey or Lia Mara.
I'm sad that I'm just not excited for the conclusion of this trilogy. I'm hoping that this book really was just a filler for some really heart-wrenching decisions and genuine turmoil. I can't see a way for the central conflict to be compelling if the way forward has already been paved. Redeem Rhen, I beg you!
This is what I wanted from Grey's story and if you like Fairytales, Adventures and Romance, this is the book for you! I am not even going to talk about that ending because it killed me!😭
On the other hand, I really missed the main cast from the first book as I really adored Harper and I did not have nearly enough Harper time.😢
A Heart So Fierce and Broken picks up where the first book left off – so no, this book DOES NOT standalone – but it does give a whole new perspective to read about – the deliciously stout Commander Grey, who is now on the run from Prince Rhen and Harper; the two people who is the most dear to Grey.
Now, rumours are bound afoot in Emberfell, about another heir to challenge Rhen’s claim to the throne; it doesn’t help that Rhen and Harper’s most trusted man isn’t by their side. On the other hand, Grey is trying his best to live a life in hiding, away from the palace and without any emotional attachments. But things, reality for that matter has a way of cropping up, when you least want it; and that’s exactly what happens with Grey.
I swear, I don’t want to give away any more spoilers (beyond what I have already given you) but I swear; if you haven’t already picked up this series; you are missing out on a lot!
A Heart So Fierce And Broken, killed me and there’s a part of me that hasn’t survived reading it – the fact that Brigid Kemmerer made sure that her readers realise that even Fictional heroes are susceptible to human errors and trust me, that lesson was learned harshly with the pieces of my soul never going to be whole again!
Again, per usual; Ms. Kemmerer writes in such a fabulous way; that I honestly wanted to binge – read the book while simultaneously trying to savour it as well! And believe you me; it wasn’t an easy task AT ALL.
Also Lia Maria; our princess was somehow the PERFECT choice for our Commander Grey – she gave me a solid foundation and strength to stand for what’s right + unconditional support that he had rarely gotten from anyone else *heart eyes*
Also; I absolutely adored that she gave some amazing page time to wonderful secondary characters; and the team that was forged in some trying and traumatic circumstances, now is solid and standing right behind Grey for what seems to be an epic confrontation.
And that cliff-hanger? I barely survived the year’s wait till this beauty released and now you want me to wait a WHOLE YEAR for the third book? I mean; how mean can one author be? But I will wait, cause I NEED to know that everything will be okay with Rhen, Harper and Grey (oh dear Lord, please let everything be okay!).