Review: A Vow So Bold & Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

Published January 26th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA

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 a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As the two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and a dangerous enemy returns, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

“I would have given you ten times as much.” I think of the moment Harper plunged a dagger into Lilith’s chest. I have to put a hand against my midsection to shake off the sudden emotion. “For Harper, I would have given you everything.”

― Brigid Kemmerer, A Vow So Bold and Deadly

My Review

This book was one of my most anticipated for this year. I adore this series! It is so unique and different. I enjoy how the author keeps building onto the characters with each installment. The book did have it’s flaws, at least in my opinion, but I still very much enjoyed it none the less.

What I disliked….

My biggest problem were the characters. They all seemed like they lost their minds! I felt like I was reading a completely different book while trying to get to know them all over again. The only one that I felt was actually normal was Grey. I also felt that Harper’s condition had been so pronounced in the other books but it is barely discussed in this one at all. I was frustrated with Rhen and felt like he just sat on his hands feeling sorry for himself.

What I loved…

I loved that Harper was so strong and independent. She has been previously too but in this installment, she just grabbed the rein and went for it all by herself. I enjoyed Lia Marie and how she had to find a good balance with her people in order to be seen as a fair ruler. I adored Grey’s character from the very beginning right up to the end. I felt that he stayed true to himself.

The ending…

I feel like the ending is left a little bit open. Not sure if maybe we might get a spin off? I would totally read it if we did.


Have you read this series? Do you agree with my review?

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