In 2020 I read both A Curse so Dark and Lonely and A Heart so Fierce and Broken and I ended up preferring the latter, finding it to be a stronger book than the first in the series.
I had a lot of expectations for the series finale and I will be sharing all my thoughts about one of my most anticipated book releases for 2021.
The review might contain spoilers.
Emberfall is torn and on the brink of war – separated loyalties between the two brothers – one who had been the hidden in plain view heir, and the other who was supposed to be the rightful king. Time is running out and Grey is bound to attack soon, and Rhen has closed himself off to everyone – even Harper who is desperately trying to fix things.
On the other side of the mountains, Lia Mara is trying to rule Syhl Shallow and to bring on a new era of peace and prosperity to a land that had known the harsh hand of her mother for a long time. Her people fear the new queen’s chosen court and that drives Lia Mara to question herself and the choices that she’s made.
What I liked about the book: I found the book to be medium paced, which I enjoyed and I felt like all the loose ends were tied. I think the conflict was well-resolved and I was happy with how it ended. I would love it if we get like a short story or a novella of what happens to Lia Mara and Grey in their life because I feel like their relationship is adorable and I am a sucker for fluffy romances. I am reluctant to comment on Rhen, because I have always felt like he is a glorified version of ACOTAR’s Tamlin and I am not a fan of either of them. I was surprised by Harper and the choices that she made but I would say that perhaps the whole of A Vow So Bold and Deadly was an attempt at Rhen having a redemption arc. Again, I am on the fence about Rhen to begin with.
What I didn’t like about the book: The storyline with Iisak felt unnecessarily rushed and I was left with a feeling that it was almost swept under the rug. Some moments were rushed, some moments were dragged out unnecessarily in my opinion. There was a curious mirrored moment between Lia Mara/Grey and Rhen/Harper which felt very cheesy too.
A quote: “I often find comfort in the thought that fate has already drawn a path beyond what seems impossible.”
My rating: 4/5 stars
Have you read this series? What did you think?