Title: A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Retelling, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication date: January 2020
Paperback: 496 pages


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.

Rumoured 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.

Rating: ★★★

A Heart so Fierce and Broken continues from where the first instalment in the series left off. This book focuses on commander Gray, who is now in hiding after learning the truth about who he is, and Lia Mara, the princess of a rival kingdom. While prince Rhen and Harper become the secondary characters.

The atmosphere is darker than in the previous book but the writing style is still enthralling. The action is fairly paced, leaving room for character development. Most of the story is focused on Gray's journey to accepting who he is and embracing his birthright but it also grows in term of worldbuilding. We get to travel to a new land and we're introduced to new characters and a very interesting magical creature. The romance between Gray and Lia Mara while not being front and centre, it still fuels the storyline. As for Rhen and Haper, I just didn't feel the same connection between them as in the first book. The way Rhen behaved gave me major ACOTAR vibes (i could clearly see him take the same path as Tamlin). As for Harper, she just faded into the background, she lacked spirit and her voice felt weak.

This book ends with yet another cliffhanger that left me hungry for more. There are still questions left unanswered and a new twist that brings the enemy into the light. I'm really curious to see what will happen next.