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Book review: A heart so fierce and broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA/fantasy

Plot:

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.
Grey may be the heir, but he doesn’t want anyone to know his secret. 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.

My verdict: I devoured this book in two days as soon as it was released and it did not disappoint. Told from the view point of guardsman Grey and a Princess Lia Mara of the rival kingdom amid the civil war between two kingdoms of Emberfall. This book has everything from romance, epic battles and mysterious magic. The Author writes so well that you feel your almost taking part in the story yourself and unlike many other YA books she does not patronise the reader, making you empathetic to all the characters political stand points. Can I also point out that even though the previous female heroine, Harper has cerebral palsy she isn’t painted as someone who helpless and whilst she may be in love with a prince he is far from charming like all the fairytales would have you believe. This book champion’s the underdog and shows you that in the case of Lia Mara sometimes if you believe in something so strongly enough that you are willing to do anything or break family ties, just because someone believes they are right doesn’t mean they necessarily are and that sometimes you need to see both sides of the story before forming an opinion. To sum what this book encompasses is loyalty and that no matter how solid a friendship is. I applaud you Brigid for a stunning sequel in your saga, I hope that we see more stories involving these characters in years to come. Move over Jk Rowling and George R.R Martin there’s a new fantasy novelist in town.

Photo belonging to Bridgid Kemmerer and Bloomsbury. Click the photo to be taken to goodreads so you can purchase a copy.

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