Book Review: "A Heart So Fierce and Broken"

“A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Source: Bought

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy


Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

I felt an instant connection when I first read A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Heart-eyes were made and a bond was forged. While I ultimately enjoyed A Heart So Fierce and Broken, I didn’t feel that love and instant connection.

The biggest thing that threw me off was we were dealing with ‘new’ characters. Okay, technically one new character and Grey. In Curse, Grey was the surly guardsman of my dreams. I did enjoy getting to know him more and feeling his pain. I almost preferred the mystery from the previous book.

Lia Mara started off as weak point but like Harper grew into her own. I always enjoy story arcs that follow a character who grows on their own terms. Lia Mara was never going to be ruthless like her mother or sister. They might have seen that as a negative but it was anything but that. She finds strength in doing things her way.

The cliffhanger that we pick up with was a dozy. Kemmerer certainly knows how to build the tension and continually raise the stakes.

Rhen kind of took a dive off the deep end. I’m not sure if it was insecurity or fear but his relentless actions after he figured out Grey felt so out of place. Doesn’t a lifetime of service and loyalty earn someone a bit of leeway and the right to share their story without being attacked?

The story was enjoyable but I didn’t adore it like I was hoping to. I can’t wait for the final installment.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: "A Heart So Fierce and Broken"

  1. Great review! 🙂 I’ve yet to read this — it’s waiting at my apartment for after lockdown is over — but have heard similar critiques regarding Rhen’s character development. We’ll have to see where Book 3 brings us …

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