A Vow So Bold & Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

If you’re looking to get sucked into a book and escape into a fantasy adventure, then buckle up. A Vow So Bold & Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer, the final book in the Cursebreakers trilogy, will sweep you away.

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, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

I absolutely adore the characters in this series, and in this final book, we’re treated to four alternating POVs — Rhen, Harper, Grey, and Lia Mara. Sometimes, when I read a book with multiple POVs like this, I find myself “tolerating” chapters from certain characters — but I never felt anything like that with A Vow So Bold & Deadly. Every character and plot thread was so captivating, I was happy to follow along for each perspective.

I was anxious and excited to see what events would unfold, and how the story would wrap up — and for the most part, I was really delighted with the turn of events. I never saw things going this direction when I read the first book in this series — but what a fun, refreshing twist on some classic fantasy tropes.

Of course, as much as I loved this book, I do wish the ending had been a little more substantial. For a book billed as the “stunning conclusion” to a series, it felt like quite a bit was still unresolved — in particular, some plot threads involving Lia Mara and Syhl Shallow. A lot of groundwork was laid out for her (especially in this book), and yet it felt like a large mystery was left unsolved. While I don’t need every loose thread tied up to be happy with a series’ ender, this felt like a substantial hole — so much so, I even wonder if a fourth book isn’t planned to address it. (I’ve heard nothing about this being in the works — and, again, this is billed as the conclusion to the series.)

Likewise, I felt as if Rhen, Harper, and Grey deserved just a little more resolution. Admittedly, I always have a hard time saying goodbye to characters at the end of a series. And while their stories are wrapped up, our last few moments with these characters felt just a little bit rushed to me. I wish the author had given us just a little more with them, before sending them off into the sunset.

Still a wholly engaging and thrilling end to this remarkable series, A Vow So Bold & Deadly is in stores January 26th.

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