A Heart So Fierce and Broken Review
After reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely I was excited for the sequel A Heart So Fierce and Broken. Leaving off with one hell of a cliffhanger we are now back with a whole new story and from two brand new perspectives.
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?
After falling in love with Grey as a character in the first book I was so excited to see him as one of the main subjects in the second one. You get a brief look at Harper and Rhen at the beginning and end of the book, but they are to set up the story.
Grey who has been loyal for his entire tenure serving Rhen is now placed in an impossible position. Either betray his king or run and try and live his life as best he can. Of course, knowing our Grey, he tries his best to live and save Rhen from the truth, but nothing can ever really go his way. Especially when he must now face the one person he cared about the most. Fighting Rhen is even harder when he is on the brink of madness, and he is desperately clinging to the throne. The struggle between these two men is a great read and will suck you in and reading it all from Grey’s point of view gives a new perspective to everyone around him including Harper.
We also get introduced to a new character Lia Mara. Daughter of the Queen Karis Luran, a violent and strict ruler, whose eldest daughter is less so. Lia wishes for a more peaceful solution which is out of touch with the current ways of her kingdom and a disappointment for her mother and her sister. Even though she is a much softer-spoken character than our brave and bold Harper, Lia hits you in a different way. Watching her growth, largely in part of her relationship with Grey, we get a female character that is determined to stay true to herself while trying to find a solution that works for everyone.
The story expands a world that was already fantastical and amazing. Now in foreign territory it really got a chance to build more and captivate the reader while they describe new things. You meet new people and learn new customs of new lands. You cant help but liking each character even the ones you hate. Karis Luran and her daughter Nolla Verin show how parents and favoritism can both build and break a child. Nolla Verin the perfect daughter and Lia Mara the quiet disappointment. It is a wonder to see.
On top of all the new things in the world we get a brand-new romance. Seeing the budding relationship between Grey and Lia Mara was beautiful in a Romeo and Juliet kind of way. Two people from two different factions, both desperately trying to save the people they love while standing on their principles. I love that Grey gets a love of his own as you got a hint of him falling for Harper, but it quickly steers away from the love triangle that is now more popular in books these days.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this book, unlike most sequels it doesn’t fall flat in keeping the reader captivated or by trying to cram too much into one story. it builds upon its foundation well while still inviting a brand-new adventure. Go check it out and then come back and join us again for the final installment in the series A Vow So Bold and Deadly.