RELEASE DATE: January 07th 2020
AUTHOR: Brigid Kemmerer
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury YA
Find the heir, win the crown.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud.
Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen for the crown he never wanted.
“Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.”
A Heart So Fierce And Broken is the second book in the cursebreakers trilogy and also one of my highly anticipated sequels of 2019. The first book was focused on Prince Rhen and Harper. The second book follows Commander Grey and Princess Lia Mara but It’s not a stand-alone series that you can skip the first book. They’re both inter-connected. Anyways, I’ve been through a lot of emotions while reading this book. While some parts were pleasant to read, there are other parts that made me quite angry and disappointed. The below review contains spoilers for the first book so be warned.
The story continues after the events in A curse so dark and lonely where Harper finally frees Rhen from the curse. Grey kills the evil witch Lilith, but not before learning the shocking truth about himself. He disappears without any trace left behind and lives a normal peasant life away from the prince. Meanwhile, rumors of the rival heir who’s stronger than him spreads around the kingdom, Prince Rhen gets desperate and orders his soldiers to find the rumored heir in any way possible. If people acted against their investigation, they’re killed on the spot. When one of the soldier recognizes Grey, he is dragged back to the Ironrose. There he meets the captive princess of the enemy kingdom. When Rhen’s actions becomes more hysteric, Grey’s allegiances begins to shift. To save their kingdom from ruination, he teams up with the enemy princess who also wants to stop another war between their kingdoms.
From the start, Grey was my favorite character in this series. He’s quite loyal to Rhen, and he’ll do anything for his safety. Harper and Rhen are major characters but they played supporting roles in this book. So they appeared whenever necessary. Princess Lia Mara is not what I had expected. She’s the oldest daughter of Karis Luan, Queen of Syhl Shallow. Her soft and kind personality makes her mother disappointed on her. She always yearned for her attention, but she can’t be ruthless like her. She loves her younger sister Nolla Verin, her mother’s beloved daughter and the heir to their kingdom. Both the sisters have strong bond even though they have opposite personalities. The romance between Grey and Lia Mara is very much a slow burn. I really liked Lia Mara, but I shipped Grey with Harper because they’re perfect for each other. Too bad he gave up on her because of his loyalty to his friend Rhen. I’m quite disappointed with Rhen’s actions in this book. I still can’t forgive for what he had done. He doesn’t deserve Harper’s love, and Grey’s loyalty. He never once saw him as his friend and Grey is always ready to sacrifice everything for him. I liked Jake, Noah and the newest additions Tycho and a vicious creature with claws.
This is mostly a character driven story so don’t expect it to be a fast paced read but it’s not a boring read either. There are some unexpected twists and turns which made the journey interesting till the end. That epilogue at the end was a surprising twist, but I actually saw that coming. I can’t wait to know what the author has in store for us next. The author’s writing was engaging, as always. The book was written in Grey and Lia Mara’s POV. The world building was great, but I wish there was more magical elements in it.
Overall, it was a good sequel to the first book! Even though some parts made me quite angry and disappointed, I still enjoyed it for the most part. So, I’m definitely looking forward to the next book.
I highly recommend this series if you like beauty and the beast retellings.
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