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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, read by Melissa Bayern, Matt Reeves, Kate Handford and Davis Brooks.

In the sequel to New York Times best-selling 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.

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. 

Grey may be the heir, but he doesn't want anyone to know his secret. 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 listenable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

©2020 Brigid Kemmerer (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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hated the performance

I only got about half way through. I found the email parts to be incredibly annoying and the Male parts to really just be passable. the story itself seemed to be ok and it might have been an ok book to read but listening to it was awful for me.

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A great story but oh my goodness, the worst voice for Females. The voice is incredibly winey. Each time a female character speaks, I need to turn down the app or my car. It's amazing how a bad voice can ruin a book.

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Not what I expected, but... maybe better?

That epilogue though 😵😵😵😵 🔪⚰️🧙‍♀️

I'll start off by saying, I was disappointed with the female lead in this book.
As much as I enjoyed her breaking through her barrier built on insecurity and self sacrifice to stand up.
I hated how weak she was through the whole story.
I wish there was more of a build up to her strength rather than a defining moment that feels like it comes from no where.
I feel that with the encouragement of Grey and the rebellion that she wars within her self that she would show more defiance.

I do enjoy Gray's evolution as a character.
Him choosing his country over his loyalty to people.
I did ship Harper and Gray, but I understand the turn of events.
I'm excited to see what happens 🤔😃

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  • Kay
  • 2021-02-06

Disappointed in female protagonist

Missed Harper and Rhen in this one! Lia Mara was ok but awfully weak and whining- “I should have”.... Why have such weak heroines? Harper seems more multidimensional and her presence was missed.

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I am hopeful

The first book was amazing ... this book is, well, lets just say I will be buying the 3rd book in the series because this book felt more like a novela then an actual sequal.

A lot of unanswered questions and I can see some major build up happening. I hope there will be some massive twists in the next book.

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Loved it!

Even better than the first in this series. I can't wait for the third book to come out next year! I love the narrators as well. perfection.

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Loving this Series

A great second book in the Cursebreakers series. I can hardly wait to listen to the 3rd book, A Vow So Bold and Deadly.
I really enjoy the retelling of classic fairy-tales and this series didn't disappoint me so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-20

Not my favorite narration

The story was good, although COMPLETELY different from the first, but I had a hard time enjoying the female narrator. While she did a wonderful job expressing emotions, her characters came across a bit whiny...almost cartoonish at times.

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  • Angie
  • 2020-02-15

Narrators, eh, story, great

The male narrator was fantastic, but the female narrator could get very screechy. This book was better than the first!!

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  • Mayela
  • 2020-06-30

Don’t read this book in hopes of getting more from Harper and Rhen

I came in to this book desperate for some more Rhen, Harper, and Grey. I loved loved loved the first book. But then this book became a book about Lara Mai, Karius Liurun, and Grey. The Grey part—and the scraver- kept me going for half of the book, but then I just couldn’t take it. I didn’t care for Shyl Shallow or any of its people, so I skipped to the end which was the only Rhen chapter. I will be on the lookout for the next book in hopes there will be more Rhen and Harper, but this book meant pretty much nothing to me.



Spoilers!!!:

Additionally, a Grey and Harper romance was always subtly hinted, and Grey just moved on and I don’t know. I wish I would’ve gotten some closure IN THIS BOOK before he moved on to lo and behold-Lara Mai. Don’t get me wrong. Lara Mai isn’t awful, like her mother, but she’s just ehhhh. It’s like she was forced on me. She’s not Harper but still kind of tries to be? Idk it’s not that it should be a comparison it’s just that I don’t care for Lara Mai. And half of the book is her. I literally would skim her chapters or force myself to read her parts.

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  • Sarah Forster
  • 2020-01-21

Character Development Takes a 180

I loved the first book. It was fabulous fresh take on a overdone story. But this one turns the characters you grew to love and were led to believe have grown from the first page to the last, into the villains. Harper and Rhen are now the “bad guys” I strongly disliked this. It seemed unnatural to the the story line. I powered through it just to end it.

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  • Kathryn
  • 2020-09-09

Hated this Story

I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but this story drove me up the freaking wall! It took me three times to get through story....and I am still not there. (So close, but so painfully far...couple more chapters) Lia Mara is the worst! She is whiney and very UGH. Holding Rhen to double standards. Everytime she second guessed herself and was all, "I'm not good enough" I wanted to yell at her that she's right! Also, I don't buy her romance with Grey at ALL! Speaking of Grey, another character that I hated in this story, which sucks because it was basically just the two of them. I really enjoyed him in the first book, so much that I really wanted him to end up with Harper, even though I knew it wouldn't happen. He seems so out of character in this book that by the end I couldn'teven think about him the same way.
I get what the author was trying to do with Lia Mara. Showing that strength doesn't mean brute force/ fear all the time but she drove me CRAZY! I feel like the first book did this very well with Harper, but failed miserably in the second with Lia Mara. I dont like that I am supposed to dislike Rhen in this story, which I still dont. I think he is acting very much like a person who was raised royal, cruse for centuries, and was betrayed by someone he would have literally died for in the last book multiple times! PTSD is a real thing and I'm not sure how Grey has gotten through with out any glimmer of it since they both suffered devastatingly for so long.
Overall, I want Rhen to be king, Grey to get his personality back, and Lia Mara to tragically die/ disappear/ just leave. However, I dont know if I will be reading the next installment. This one might have killed it for me. I'll just keep re-reading the first like a stand alone and pretend this one never existed.

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  • Briana Duncan
  • 2022-01-25

Couldn't Finish Audiobook

Though I'm really enjoying the story, the female narrator is killlling me. And I don't totally think it's her fault, but specifically when she's reading for Nolla Verin (who's an obnoxious character anyway) it got to be a bit insufferable. Going to try and finish up the last few chapters of the book via kindle, but I don't think I'll return to audible for this series

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  • Little Jo
  • 2022-01-16

Absolutely loved it

I absolutely loved this book. There were times I thought the female narrator over dramatized some parts. But I still loved every minute of the story.

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  • Jenny Vee
  • 2021-11-30

poor narration...

Save yourself the pain and skip the audio and read it yourself. The narration *almost* made me want to give up on the book but I'm too invested in the story. The female narrator, in particular, is painful to listen to. Her female characters are overly dramatic and whiny and tones often don't match the description in the story. It reminds me of watching a very amateur theater group overacting in a play.

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  • Alicia
  • 2021-08-06

Moves Slower

In the end I liked this book but it does move slower. Different point of views but it makes you wonder what happened to the two other characters from the other book? Hmm 🤔 The performance was good it’s just slow moving story.

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  • D. G. Driver
  • 2021-05-28

Great second book

This story was a great continuation from the first book. Grey is my favorite character, so I liked that the starry centered around him. The male narrator for Grey was superb. I didn’t love the female narrator.

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