A Heart So Fierce & Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Monday, February 10, 2020


by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #2
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Source: Borrowed (Thanks, Katie!)
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

Brigid Kemmerer has yet to let me down but I was still quite nervous about picking up A Heart So Fierce & Broken despite having loved A Curse So Dark & Lonely. If I'm being honest, the only reason I wound up reading it is that my mate, Katie, forced me to by letting me borrow her copy. While admittedly this sequel didn't hash out how I was expecting it to, I still thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it - so thanks, Katie!

If you're hoping for A Heart So Fierce & Broken to be a continuation of Harper and Rhen's story, then you're going to be sorely disappointed. Though Rhen's influence permeates this entire book, this is truly Grey's story. Harper barely even makes an appearance in this book! I didn't mind it that much because I liked Grey a lot in A Curse So Dark & Lovely and was actually quite eager to get to know him better. He has that calm and collected personality to him that I am a huge sucker for. He is very reserved and controlled when it comes to his emotions, but he is extremely perceptive about other people's feelings and could be incredibly selfless. Following the events of A Curse So Dark & Lovely, Grey has gone into hiding in order to protect Rhen and Emberfall. He is guarding a huge secret that could change the face of Emberfall and he is dealing with this burden all by himself. Grey has been a physically strong character since the beginning of this series, but his emotional strength gets a chance to shine here.

While on the run, Grey finds himself a new found-family in the form of a very enjoyable secondary cast. They all offered unique personalities and watching them come together, and fight for each other (reluctantly at first) is a delight. One of the new characters introduced is a love interest for Grey, Lia Mara. I'll admit I didn't give Lia Mara a fair chance in the beginning because I kept comparing her to Harper, queen of my heart. It didn't take me very long to warm up to her character, however. Lia Mara is Karis Luran's "invisible" daughter who goes on this quest that allows her inner strength to emerge. Her character development was excellent. She starts off as an insecure young woman who has lived in the shadows of her mother and her sister. Over the course of the book, we watch her evolve into a heroine who is capable of holding her own ground. Her complicated feelings towards her mother, and her relationship with her younger sister, who is being primed to be the next queen, were also woven into the story beautifully. She also shares very good chemistry with Grey and is just the understanding companion he needed. They are good for each other and there are several achingly romantic moments in the book that attest to that.

I won't go into the details of the plot as I run the risk of spoiling it for everyone. I will say that the story definitely took an unexpected turn, particularly when it came to Rhen's character and the cruelty he exhibits. There was one scene in this book that upset me so much that I had to set it aside for a moment because I could not believe it had happened. While I could see where why he may have felt scared, I wasn't entirely happy with his actions as I found them to be too extreme. Based on the ending of this book, I have an inkling of what is going to happen next, but for once, I am hoping I am wrong and that there is a strong redemption arc. I will say I'm scared though. Please, Brigid, spare my poor soul and make sure ALL my children are safe and happy at the end!

Waiting for the next book in the Cursebreakers series is going to be tough, but I'll be eagerly waiting for it. I'll have my fingers crossed that this magical and romantic series will end on a good note for me.

Have you read this series? What did you think of the turn the book took?
Let me know in the comments below!

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