Review: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Pages: 450
Date Read: March 9th, 2020
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Going in to this I felt a mixture of fear and excitement. After finishing A Curse So Dark and Lonely I couldn’t wait for the next book to be released, but then I started hearing very mixed things about this second book. I was also a bit nervous because it was following different characters and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about that. Luckily, I loved it!

I enjoyed having Grey’s perspective and getting the chance to see things from his point of view. Even though he can be very difficult and strong willed, he also really care about people and only feels he is doing the right thing. I love his character development and I think I like him more than Rhen now.

We also get the perspective of Lia Mara and I really enjoyed her character. She’s the eldest daughter of a ruthless queen but she is overlooked quite a bit because her younger sister has been chosen as heir. She is smart and thinks strategically about every situation. She is bold and independent and all around a great character. Just like Grey, she cares deeply for her people and is willingly to put herself at risk if it means they can have peace.

Another thing I enjoyed was getting to see Rhen and Harper but from the POV of Grey and Lia Mara. I would have liked to seen them all interact a bit more, but I think the final book in the series will definitely have more of that. I think this book did a great job of developing all of the characters. We see things from characters we never expected and I think a lot of people probably have some changed opinions about these characters. It really demonstrates that in times of war and unrest the worst can really be brought out of some people. But it also shows that love in all forms is powerful but not unconditional.

Now that I’m done droning on about these characters, I want to talk a bit about the plot. There is a lot of traveling. It is a fantasy so that is expected, and I personally enjoyed it. It’s a decent sized group traveling and I really enjoyed the way they start to become like a family. The characters go through a lot of self discovery on this journey and I think the things they went through while traveling really helped develop them into some amazing characters. Here I go talking about the characters again! Can you tell I loved them?

Even though I went into this a bit apprehensive I was so satisfied by the end. The direction the author took this in was wonderful and surprising. The first book was very focused on a limited number of characters and centrally set at the Emberfall castle. I love that this second book gave us so much more. A diverse cast, different POVs, and many different settings really gave this book a different feel from the first one, while still being completely on point with the way this series is set up. I thought this was a great sequel and I can’t wait to see what the final book in this series will hold. Everything from both books is setting this finale up to be Fantastic!

Thanks for checking out this quick review of A Heart So Fierce and Broken! I hope you’re doing well and reading lots of great books! Have you read this one yet? What did you think of it? Let me know! Until next time, Happy Reading 🖤



  1. Hope you’re safe, Gabby! Love the review as always, and hope you continue to have a good reading month. I highly recommend Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine if you haven’t read it already. Take care 🙂

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  2. I really need to read this book! I enjoyed the first one, and I got this one right when it came out but I haven’t made time to sit down and read it 🙈. I’m glad to hear your enjoyed this book though! 🙃

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