A Vow So Bold and Deadly
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Pages: 405 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 2021
Rating: 5 Stars!
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.
Wow. I have so many thoughts. This book made me cry more than I thought it would and after the second book, I had doubts but this exceeded my expectations. A Heart So Fierce and Broken ends with us readers finding out that Lilith has returned and it left me with many things I needed resolutions for. This book had many cute moments which I was living for, and also many stressful moments!
‘For you, my lady, I would have levelled the entire city.’
Rhen and Harper remained my favourites throughout the earlier books, and this did not change with A Vow So Bold and Deadly. They face many issues in this book, the main one being a lack of communication. In particular, communicating their own feelings. I adore the journey they went on together in this book as they grew closer within their relationship. There were many sections where I wanted to scream at them to sort out their problems together as the tension was unbearable! They needed to learn that being independent would not help in certain situations, despite trying to protect each other. I love Rhen’s development as he learns more that he doesn’t need to hide behind this princely façade and he can face his feelings.
‘Yield to yourself. Yield to forgiveness. Yield to happiness. Yield to this moment. It’s not hers. It’s yours. It’s mine. It’s ours.’
I do love Grey and Lia Mara, however, I was wishing I could just read Rhen and Harper’s story a lot of the time as I feel way too attached to them! Grey spends time in this book learning to control his magic and work with it. I enjoyed reading the moments shared between Lia Mara and Grey, I thought they were very cute. Lia Mara struggles with keeping control of her subjects and being Queen. Over the course of the book, she leans into the role and shows that she doesn’t need to rule as her mother did. I love their relationship as Grey knows his place in Syll Shallow and doesn’t take charge, the girl power in this trilogy is the best. There is a little twist that happens that I did guess, but it still made my heart happy!
‘Because I want to be fair and I want to be just, and I want the best for my people and his.’
Lilith is a villain I detest. She makes Rhen so fearful of magic that he turns Grey away and makes decisions he doesn’t necessarily want to make. I love the friendship between Grey and Harper and that despite being on different sides of a war, they manage to overcome that and help one another in times of need. Also, it broke my heart to read Rhen and Grey’s point of views and to see how much they thought of the other. Whilst I love the ending, I feel it was a bit disappointing for Rhen as I feel like he deserved a bit more after everything that happened. This book was very emotional and there were points where I had to put it down as it went from 0-100, and I was not expecting it! Overall, I am pleased with the ending, although there are a few things that haven’t been wrapped up fully, leaving me with multiple questions!
‘One poor choice shouldn’t undo a thousand good ones.’
Have you read this book or this trilogy? What did you think of it, please let me know!