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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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  • 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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  • prancy
  • 2020-12-07

Horrible narration

The person who voiced Lia Mara was just grating to listen to, and the mens voices were so droll and uninspiring. If I could give performance 0 stars I would- I had to finish reading on my Kindle and I will likely not finish the series as this book was extremely frustrating to get through.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeffrey Harris
  • 2020-02-11

Ruined Charaters!

I loved the first book but this one went and did a 180 on a the characters. Why make Rhen the villen???? I am not happy!

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  • Cassston
  • 2021-04-08

better characters than the first book

I liked the first story, but the new love interests are more interesting in book two. I never loved the main character in book one so painting him in a more sinister light made sense to me. I am excited to see how it all comes together in book three!

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  • maggiemoo2121
  • 2021-03-03

Decent book- poor narration

I loved book 1 of this series and read it twice. I read this one when it came out, and now am re-reading it (via audible- so listening to it) before I start the third book.

The story itself is ok. I didn’t love it like the first book-the villainization of the main characters wasn’t really my thing, but I’m holding out for book 3.

The narration- oh boy. Where do I begin? The narrator for Lia Mara was just horrible. Her voice does not even slightly fit the character- which isn’t her fault, I blame whoever chose her for this- but nevertheless absolutely made her parts like struggling through a tape of someone using nails on a chalkboard over and over and over. Her emphasis and emotion seemed very forced and unnatural. It was so unsuited, I was tempted to skip all her chapters... then I remembered how much of her story took over about halfway though the book, so I had to struggle through it. So, so bad.

The man voicing Gray was not suited for him either, in my opinion. His voice and cadence however, were very easy to listen to and quite lovely. He just sounded very unlike what I felt fitting for Gray and he sounded (to me, anyway) about 35 and not 19-20. That threw me off. But his parts were superior in comparison to Lia Mara.

Harper’s narration didn’t exactly fit my expectations, per se, but she did a nice job. Too bad there wasn’t more of her in this.