Review: A Vow So Bold and Deadly (excerpt) by Brigid Kemmerer

Blog post where I review four chapters from A Vow So Bold and Deadly.


Warning! This synopsis contains spoilers for A Curse So Dark and Lonely and A Heart So Fierce and Broken!

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.

My review – without spoilers

This will be a rather short review since I only read an excerpt of four chapters from A Vow So Bold and Deadly. So obviously it’s rather hard to write a review for only four chapters, but here we go.

When I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely, the first book in the Cursebreaker series, earlier this year I did really enjoy my read of it, but it wasn’t a new favourite. I was quite hesitant to pick up the second book, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, because a lot of people seemed to dislike it. However, when I did read it, I ended up loving it more than the first book. But I can see why you wouldn’t enjoy it, because it doesn’t really feel like a sequel to the first book. The reason for that is that we follow a different cast of main characters than in the first book.

By reading those four chapters from the third book I do have a feeling that this book will be a balance of the two main POVs from the first book and the two main POVs from the second book. I also have a feeling, and secretly hope, that this book will once again have quite a bit of political intrigue, like in the second book.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this excerpt is that the four chapters in it were not the first four chapters, but the first chapter of the four POVs. So I read chapter one, two, three and nine. I do understand why the excerpt had a chapter from each POV but I’d have preferred just the first four chapters.

I do have to say that reading the excerpt made me so much more excited for the release of this book. The entire series just reads so quickly, without knowing it you read a ton of pages in one sitting. If you’re looking for a fun, quick YA fantasy, then I can only recommend this series. And with the release of the third and last book so close by, you’ll be able to bingeread the series soon!

*I received an e-arc of the excerpt via Netgalley, but that doesn’t influence my opinion in any way.*


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