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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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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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  • Kim
  • 2020-03-04

Distracting Narrator

I was extremely excited to start the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but the narrator reading for Lia Mara's voice is often shrill, with strange inflections. It's distracting and doesn't lend itself well to the "serious" and "clever" character. I found myself wishing hard for the other narrators to take over and hating the character.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ken DeKowzan
  • 2020-06-22

Bummer

So I read the first book, a curse so dark and lonely, it was like a beauty and the Beast meets I Am Dragon. But the girl narrator of the new character WAS HORRIBLE! I might pick this book up to read myself so I can find out what happens to Grey. But man, the narrator can make or break a story and this is one of those cases. At least the guy was good but the girl was Just whiny and obnoxious

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  • Gabrielle McMurphy
  • 2020-10-22

Poor personalization

The female voice actor was horrible. She personalized the main character into a whiny annoying person through the voices she chose. I nearly couldn’t finish some chapters because I was so annoyed and bothered by this. Male voice actor was good.

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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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  • Shelby Ence
  • 2020-08-30

Great For People Who Hated Harper and Rhen LOL

I might like this one better than the first? Maybe. I did like the characters, but this seemed a far more severe departure from the original book than I originally expected. Which wasn't a bad thing exactly. The story was interesting and I do like the world they inhabit. I felt like they kind of left the original main charcters' story lines hanging a bit but I'm not counting that as a mark against until the third book is out. I stand by what I've been saying though, this feels like a perfect sequel for people who hated Harper and Rhen, but thought that commander character was pretty cool and wanted good things for him. As long as that good thing wasn't Harper, whom you hate. I don't hate Harper, but her indecision in the last book bothers me more in hindsight now, especially since everyone has since decided that she's just in love with Rhen now. No back and forth for her anymore. If it wasn't going to be much of an issue, I wish we could have like... seen it resolved? I don't know. It's a minor thing. Especially since Harper is such a minor character in this. It's really more of a spin off and the next book looks like it's gearing up for a bigger crossover. I can't wait.

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  • 🎧AudiobookFiend
  • 2020-08-20

Fabulous. Flawless. Fantasy.

This was just fantastic! Kemmerer has really exceeded my expectations and more. And she still ends with her signature cliffhanger flourish! ⚖️ Plot: At first, it seems like a slow burn. But a few chapters along the way and you realize you’ve turned your loyalties! The pace was meticulously timed to immerse us through the roller coaster of twists and turns. 🗺 World: Since this was the second book of the series, I was already familiar with the setting and didn’t need too much description. This is a good thing too because Kemmerer’s strength seems to be plot and character driven stories. 💑 Characters: I cannot believe I’m now in love with Grey! I always knew there was more to his tale, but this man is developing into a legend. I’m delighted to see how well developed Lia Mara is. She is unique, lovely and brings an excellent contrast to the rest of the cast.

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  • jessie
  • 2020-06-17

good reas

A wonderful story with great narrators. I like how they branched off from the initial story, it was not at all what I expected after listening to the previous story.