As you may have seen from my last post, I've really been enjoying the Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer, and A Heart So Fierce and Broken, was such a solid follow up.
*Potential spoilers ahead*
|Pub Date: 1-7-20|
YA - Fantasy
Grey may have once been the Commander of Prince Rhen's royal guard, but after defeating the enchantress Lilith, he's now on the run after learning his true identity as the rightful heir to Emberfall. With no desire to challenge Rhen's right to rule, he decides to flee with his secret and start a new life as a stable boy. While living under an assumed name and trying his best to keep his head down, Grey learns of rumors spreading about this mysterious heir and the magic he's said to possess causing many to turn against Rhen and his rule. Soon, Grey and his new companion, Tycho, are captured and brought before Rhen, who will do anything to get the information he seeks, even if that means torturing his oldest friend to get it.
As the daughter of Karis Luran, Lia Mara is no stranger to cruelty. She may be the eldest daughter, but she was passed over being named heir since she lacks the vicious brutality of her younger sister. Where she and their mother believe solving problems with a sword is the right way, Lia Mara believes in peace through negotiation. When she sneaks away to try her hand at a treaty, it leaves her a prisoner in Rhen's castle. Her only hope of escaping and uniting her country with Emberfall without more bloodshed is Grey. But can she convince him to stand against everything he's ever known to protect the good of all?
I enjoyed this sequel a lot! I really loved Grey from the first book, so I was so happy that he would be the focus here. He's so fiercely loyal and that comes at a huge personal cost. He always puts everyone in front of himself and his actions was a way of protecting Rhen rather than self-preservation. I loved learning more about his character and background. I also really enjoyed the new characters that were introduced, especially Tycho, who I just found so heartwarming. I liked Lia Mara, and while I did find her self-deprecation slightly grating at times, I overall liked her compassion and intelligence. I also have to admit, my feelings for Rhen have significantly dropped in this one. He was just so frustrating in this and refused to see reason. With all the events that happened, I can't wait to see what the next installment has in store.