A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer – A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Bloomsbury YA – Published 26 January 2020





Face your fears, fight the battle.
Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.
Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

My thoughts

I absolutely loved this book. A Vow So Bold and Deadly is the third book in the Cursebreakers series. It concludes (maybe, or maybe not…?) Rhen, Harper, Grey and Lia Mara’s journey.

Maybe I just enjoyed being with these characters again, but I loved every second of this story. We are given the book from the perspective of the four main characters, but it was so great to see all our favourite secondary characters again.

The story is brought full circle and it’s great to see the redemption of some the characters who broke our hearts in book two, without wiping the slate clean. There are consequences to be faced, after all.

The ending seems like it could leave things open for a spin off series or another book from this world. I wouldn’t say no to reading such a thing.

This is the third book in the series. If you haven’t read books one and two (have you been living under a rock?), please go and find them now and read them. Now. Thank you.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

More information

Category: Young adult fiction

Genre: Fantasy

Reading age guide: Ages 13 and up

Themes: Magic, brothers, romance, kingdoms, royalty, curses, betrayal.

Published: 26 January 2021 by Bloomsbury YA.

Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook. 416 pages.


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