A Heart So Fierce and Broken (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Cursebreaker Series #2)

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Cursebreaker Series #2)

by Brigid Kemmerer

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Brigid Kemmerer continues her bestselling fantasy series in another tale full of dark magic, new love, and a kingdom on the edge of ruin. 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. 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 compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781547605668
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Cursebreaker Series , #2
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 3,499
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Call It What You Want, More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.

Customer Reviews

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Cursebreaker Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
freaken amazing loved everything about it !!
Charles Morgan 6 months ago
I couldn't help but be drawn into this world within seconds of reading the first page of "A Curse So Dark and Lonely" and I have yet to be disappointed. The characters are vibrant and alive and the world is fleshed out and easy to imagine and believe in. I wish I could visit their world! "A Heart So Fierce and Broken" has left me satisfied and then inevitably craving more. I ache to know what lies at the end of the path these characters travel and at the same time am reluctant for it all to end. Truly, this series has captured my heart and I wait with baited breathe for the next installment.
2rascals 1 days ago
you can't spend almost 400 pages building up your characters in the first book to completely change them within 2 chapters of the second book.....I've forced myself to get halfway through before finally flipping to the last chapter . ......so disappointed wish I never picked it up
Anonymous 5 days ago
Even better than Book #1 - - - great twists - again, great flawed heroes and heroines!!! Loved this story and cannot wait for book 3 - - - - when???? Great characters. Could not put this book down.
mdemanatee 4 months ago
This does some really interesting things with our current characters, and introduces some great new ones, but can feel slower in the first half. I’m a little mad at myself for ignoring the middle Book signs here ‘cause guess what?
AllieTheLibrarian 4 months ago
I was so excited for the follow up to a Curse So Dark and Lonely. I loved the character Grey and was so excited to see more from him. This book made me love him even more and I loved the introduction of Lia Mara. Brigid writes such excellent strong female characters. I can’t wait for the next one.
brookishbrunette 5 months ago
***ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.*** Brigid Kemmerer has outdone herself with A Heart So Fierce and Broken, the second book in the Cursebreakers series. Not surprisingly, I absolutely loved the first book, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, as I am a massive fan of anything related to Beauty and the Beast. Yet when I learned that the second book would not center upon Harper and Rhen’s stories, I was honestly a little apprehensive to dive into the sequel. These fears were absolutely unfounded; however, as A Heart So Fierce and Broken completely surpassed its predecessor. Aside from a few chapters told from Rhen and Harper’s points of view, A Heart So Fierce and Broken shifts the narrative to Rhen’s guardsman, Grey, and Karis Luran’s eldest daughter, Lia Mara. Told from their alternating perspectives, this book whisks readers away to Emberfall and Syhl Shallow as Grey and Lia Mara’s worlds collide in a story of self-discovery and star-crossed love. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that A Heart So Fierce and Broken will take you on an emotionally complex, and at times devastating, journey with these characters. Be forewarned, similar to the first book in the Cursebreakers series, the sequel has a certain element of darkness, constantly simmering beneath the surface. To put it simply, A Heart So Fierce and Broken completely shines as a result of its characters. Kemmerer has successfully executed the task of developing the established characters from A Curse So Dark and Lonely, yet introducing new characters who elevate the series to new heights. With Lia Mara, Kemmerer has created a new female role model for young readers, who demonstrates that strong wit and intellect can be just as sharp as any sword. It is Lia Mara’s vulnerabilities and perceived weaknesses that ultimately become her greatest strengths. I am not quite ready to leave her story behind and do not know how I will wait for the next book to see how the rest of her journey unfolds. In addition, A Heart So Fierce and Broken was so difficult to predict, which was refreshing and downright fun to read. Never in a million years would I have predicted the course Kemmerer charted in this book. In fact, I audibly gasped at a certain part and had to set the book down to compose myself. For any fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (in particular, Tower of Dawn), this book is for you. A Heart So Fierce and Broken stands on its own and distinguishes itself from this series, yet I felt the spirits of Yrene and Chaol were echoed with Lia Mara and Grey.
Mel-Loves-Books 6 months ago
“I’m not sure what I want from him but I don’t want this moment to end. I want to sit by the fire and teach him Syssalah. I want to touch his lips and whisper secrets in the dark. I want to step into him to press my face against his chest and listen to his heartbeat. I want to trace the scars on his back and tell him how he did not deserve one single mark.” I adored the first book of this series, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but A Heart So Fierce and Broken was even better in my opinion. I officially adore Grey. His heart and his strength of character bring so much beauty to this story. And Lia Mara brings her own beauty and strength to the story. I can only hope that she and Harper get to be friends at some point. This was a book that I had a hard time putting down, and I still don’t feel over days later. I would definitely recommend the Cursebreakers series to any fans of Beauty and the Beast or romance, magic, and adventure. I give this installment 5 stars. “I gasp as he catches my waist and forces me still. His hands are strong and sure against me, and his voice comes very low. ‘Do not ever say that you have nothing to offer.’” I mean who can resist a man who acts like this?
Bookaholicgirlmb 6 months ago
I think I loved this even more than the first book!!! Lots of surprises, Magic and romance! I really need the next book now!! Oh my god what a twist at the end!!!! Did not see that coming! Could not put this book down but at the same time didn’t want it to end! I love this author’s work!!
Love_to_readDS 6 months ago
Jdp15 7 months ago
It was good!
vphillips88 7 months ago
That moment when the ending gives you an 'aHA' moment that almost redeems a major factor that had been dogging most of the book. But.. doesn't quite.. do it. So close, though. Some of the things I disliked in book one were both present in this one and yet not. In some ways some of my issues did mellow; the characters that annoyed me went through a growing pain stage and we've come out the other side of it; and the one element I was kind of side-eyeing at the end of book one has completely gone away. And as a result of that, it opened the door for what was one of my favorite parts of this follow up installment There were definitely some surprises, some things I didn't think we'd see until book three (if ever), and particularly one thing.. well, again, it explains a lot. I don't like it, it doesn't forgive, but it makes so much sense. I just almost wish it didn't. How's that for vaguery.. 3.5 stars
geni91782 7 months ago
Last year, when I was getting back into reading, I decided to pick up a book I had been hearing about a lot: A Curse so Dark and Lonely. It was billed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a twist. I ended up really enjoying the book, though I had complicated feelings about it overall. I was definitely excited about continuing the journey when I found out that A Heart so Fierce and Broken would be coming out in 2020! So you can imagine the shrieking noises I made when I got an email saying that my wish to read the e-ARC from Netgalley had been granted! Seriously, I shrieked, my cats ran, it was a bit of a day. Before I dive into this review, I want to say a big thank you to Netgalley, Bloombury, and the author for granting me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Now, my absolute favorite character in ACSDAL was Grey, the stoic guardsman who proved to have a softer side. I loved his interactions with both Rhen and Harper in the first book and often found myself wishing we could get inside his head. Thankfully, the sequel has answered my prayers! We start off checking in with Rhen (who is trying to figure out how to keep his country from falling apart) and Harper (who is trying to figure out how to keep Rhen from falling apart) but quickly shift to our boy, Grey. This is Grey’s story: a story about birthrights and betrayal and struggling to find where one fits in this new world. We also follow a new character, Lia Mara, the eldest daughter of the queen of Shyl Shallow. She is also struggling to find her place in the world and her country, where cruelness is a part of being a leader and she is anything but cruel. Y’all, Lia Mara has come very close to taking the #1 spot in my heart. She’s such a complex character! She’s clever and strong and resourceful, but yet so mild and soothing and kind. And the relationship she has with her sister, Nolla Verin, has so many layers and is so beautiful. Ugh, you love to see it. If you couldn’t tell, my favorite thing about this book was the characters and their growth. But I would be remiss if I didn’t crow about the plot, as well. This was an excellently paced and plotted story. I sped through the book because I needed to know what happened! I needed to know if my favorites were going to be okay! The readability of this book cannot be denied. And even though there wasn’t constant, non-stop action, the author makes you feel the danger that is just around the corner. It’s fast-paced and beautifully written, though I will say I kept seeing phrases about hearts tripping and stumbling that threw me off. Still, I found myself completely immersed in the world of Emberfall and I didn’t want it to end. And then it did. AND THE ENDING! YOU ARE NOT READY! I was most CERTAINLY not ready! I’m still trying to decide if I’m mad about it or not. I sat with my iPad in my lap, staring at the screen, silently screaming in my head. What I’m saying is… I need book three! Final thoughts: The sequel is better than the first book and we all have Grey and Lia Mara to thank for that.
Anonymous 7 months ago
After finishing A Curse so Dark and Lonely I was highly anticipating this beautifully covered follow-up and was super ecstatic that I was approved for the e-arc. Unfortunately I find myself saddened and let down. I cannot review this book without spoilers so fair warning. I'll start with Grey. What happened here? He was so adamant about not wanting the throne that he ran away from Rhen. He eventually is accidentally caught and brought back to the palace. He and Rhen have a sit down and pretty much affirm their bond of friendship. Then Grey decides that he will not tell Rhen who the heir is because he fears he will be killed. He doesn't trust Rhen which is outside of the character story from book one, which is a whole other issue. Has no one heard of abdication? You don't want the throne don't take it. Have a sit down conversation. No one has to die. This was unbelievably irritating. I realize without this there would be no story line but that just makes for a poor one in my opinion. Honestly, I would like to believe, even though Rhen was horrible in this book, that he would not have killed Grey. Instead Grey decides to escape with Lia Mara, the unfortunate daughter of Queen Karis Luran and poor Harper replacement, and basically becomes influenced to take the throne and eventually threatens to march on Emberfall. Yet it was Rhen's remark to Grey at the end that, "A friend would have told me. A brother would have told me," that reaffirms my belief that something could have been worked out prior to Grey's brainwashing. Other disappointments include the disappearance of Princess Harper of DiSi and the character reversal of Prince Rhen. Our strong heroine from book one completely disappears from this book and only serves as a prop to quell Prince Rhen who has made a reversal in character development. Rhen spent book one trying to NOT be a bad guy only to become the crazed bad guy in book two. I'm going to need to know why but I am not sure I want to invest anymore of my time hoping to find out. Also is he that thick that he couldn't figure out Grey was his brother after Grey repeated refused to give him a name? Everyone else figured it out right away. It took Grey's show of magic during his escape for Rhen to realize what was right in his face. Not really king worthy in my opinion anyway. Overall I did not enjoy this book. I was pretty disappointed in the plot turn. Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury YA for an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.
NovelKnight 7 months ago
The moment I finished A Curse So Dark and Lonely, I knew I needed A Heart So Fierce and Broken right then and there. And I was a bit skeptical about the new introduction of a point-of-view character because I had hopes for a certain guardsman and princess to be the end game. But by the end of this book, I realized that I loved it even more than the first one! It had some issues though. AHSFAB introduces Lia Mara, daughter of the queen of the bordering lands, a nation determined to take on Emberfall even if it means war. On her own, I really loved her character and my only real hang-up was that I spent how many pages in the first book getting to know Harper. I never shipped Harper and Rhen (to be honest, I was never a huge fan of Rhen to begin with), so when I first heard Grey would be a main PoV in the sequel, I thought it would be him and Harper. I’m glad it wasn’t. Lia Mara has been the cast-off her entire life but she finally gets to shine. I loved watching this intelligent young woman leave her family’s shadow and really hold her own. And Grey was amazing as always, his internal conflict between duty and what he thinks is right was balanced just so, not overwhelming the story with unnecessary monologues and such. But while I loved Grey and Lia Mara, even more than Harper and Rhen, bringing them to the forefront seemed to take away from the first couple. Rhen, while I wasn’t a huge fan of him, was tolerable in ACSDAL, but in this sequel he was cruel. His actions didn’t match up to the character we spent hundreds of pages getting to know in the last book and I didn’t understand why he changed. And Harper, who I thought was a fantastic heroine, all but drifted off the page. I felt like their characters were sacrificed for the sake of Grey and Lia Mara which makes me wonder where things are going in the next book. Speaking of the story, as much as I wanted this sequel (mostly because of Grey), I didn’t understand where the story could go after ACSDAL (which, if you cut a single moment at the end, could have worked pretty well as a standalone). But Kemmerer found a story and I wasn’t 100% sold on it the whole time. It felt like two conflicts going in the beginning and I sat around waiting for something to happen on either front. This book almost feels like a “response” to the first one’s “call” (action/reaction, cause and effect) rather than a continuation, if that makes sense. I definitely wouldn’t recommend reading A Heart So Fierce and Broken without reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely. The backstory established in the first book is too important in the sequel. But this book very much felt like a reaction rather than its own story. ALL THAT SAID, yes, I actually enjoyed this book even more than ACSDAL. Which seems impossible based on everything I just said but it’s the characters. Lia Mara had my attention from the first page and only continued to keep me reading, and I was already a fan of Grey from the last book so not much work was needed there. Despite not feeling like much really happened in this 400+ page book, it was the little things that added up and I am definitely interested to see how these two books come together in the third installment!
magicalreads7 7 months ago
**I received an ARC from a third party giveaway. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** 4.5 stars So I wasn’t too into this book at first just because I loved book one so, so much. However, as I kept reading, I realized that A Heart So Fierce and Broken is a very different story from A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but just as good. While Curse was very passionate and outgoing, Heart is almost the polar opposite: gentle and introspective. Just to preface this review: I cannot accurately detail all of my thoughts without completely spoiling book one, so please stop reading if you don’t want to know spoilers for A Curse So Dark and Lonely (but NO spoilers for A Heart So Fierce and Broken here). Again, this could almost stand apart from the first book; we no longer have Harper’s and Rhen’s narratives, or their plot lines. Instead, this is Grey’s and Lia Mara’s story, one that builds on the aftermath of Curse. Grey is dealing with the revelation that he’s the true heir of Emberfall and that he has magic, something that has tortured him for eternities under the curse. Lia Mara is Karis Luran’s firstborn daughter, but she isn’t the heir and therefore isn’t a princess, though she’s still trying to do what’s best for her queendom. Short story short, they (along with a few other people, including Noah and Jake) are on the run. I loved seeing this group dynamic, as well as seeing more of Noah and Jake. It was a bit bittersweet barely seeing Harper and Rhen, but honestly there was no room for their points of view. This was simply just not their story. It was exciting to follow two different characters. I adored the character development in Grey and Lia Mara. Again, Grey is coming to terms with his birthright and his magic, but it’s also more than that: he’s realizing that his bond with Rhen has turned completely upside down. His oath and loyalty to the royal family is what got him through the curse, and now he is the royal family. However, Grey makes it clear that he doesn’t want Rhen’s throne. Rhen is paranoid and struggling to hold power, and so they have a falling out. Meanwhile, Lia Mara is kind in a queendom that values ruthlessness above all. She’s lived a life where she’s always second to her younger sister, but she doesn’t resent her for it. She knows that, considering the culture of the queendom her mother has built, her sister is better for the throne. The two of them have such a strong bond, which I adored and am so grateful that we didn’t have to read about two girls pitted against each other. The romance was a slow burn, and yes, I was crying. This was very much a story of “soft, quiet girl slowly but surely breaks down the walls of stoic boy.” The softness of it all, honestly, really had me keeled over. I also loved how developed it was. Sometimes, I find slow burn either too slow or too fast, but this was perfectly paced. A Heart So Fierce and Broken was a gorgeous novel that depicts how kindness can mean so much more than ruthlessness. It’s the aftermath of a curse, and how brother bonds can break and sister relationships can hold strong. It’s a slow burn romance and the revelation that the world and people you have known can change, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. If you haven’t read this series, I can’t recommend it enough, although be warned: these books will leave your heart fiercely broken. (Sorry, I had to.)