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A Vow So Bold and Deadly

Written by: Brigid Kemmerer
Narrated by: Melissa Bayern,Kate Handford,Davis Brooks,Matt Reeves
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Bloomsbury presents A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer, read by Melissa Bayern, Kate Handford, Davis Brooks and Matt Reeves.

Kingdoms will clash. Choose your side.

The incredible conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Brigid Kemmerer's Cursebreaker series.

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 a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As the 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 best-selling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

©2021 Brigid Kemmerer (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the critics say

"Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale: a finely-drawn fantasy world, a heroine rarely seen in fiction, and a tortured hero with a secret. I have only one complaint: I wish the sequel were already available!" (Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things, on A Curse So Dark and Lonely)

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cute.

I enjoyed this book series although not as much as I thought I would.

I loved how they incorporated some aspects of PTSD, Rhen and Harper's skittish reactions to Gray's magic makes sense and would naturally be expected!

I also enjoyed the protrayal of Harper and Rhen's relationship in this book.
How even though Harper is angry and resentful of Rhen's actions does not make her love him any less. she is angry but she does not leave.
Her reflection on staying with him is true to anyone who loves someone deeply and disagrees with what they are doing so profoundly but cannot abandon them, but fights to help change them/guide them.

I am confused however on how the two countries will operate? How can the king of one country, marry the queen of another and stay seperate countries?
what about the heir?
Which kingdom will they rule? how will it be determined?!

I found the progression of events in this story to be dry, there was too much anticipation for each event and the execution of the event was bland.

I wonder if there will be enough story left to continue on the series?
I hope so only because the end left alot of questions unanswered in regard to the anti magic faction and how Rhen will grow and adapt.

I hope the next book jam packs alot of action. I feel as though these 3 books could have easily been 2. or at least needed a lot more content to be three.

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so good

I loved the whole thing. love how each chapter/character was read buy different people

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  • Addy
  • 2021-04-03

Should’ve Been a Stand-alone

I really loved the first book in the series and it even got me back into reading. However, I did not like the second book at all because I cannot stand Liamara, but the ending was really great and shocked me. This book was fine. It really felt like it dragged on. I thought *****’s death was unnecessary—as if she just killed someone because it was unrealistic for everyone to live. Well guess what: it’s fantasy and doesn’t have to be realistic.

I don’t regret reading this series. Overall it’s decent. However, I would seriously just recommend that you read the first book and stop there.

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  • Chardpages
  • 2021-07-15

first book should have been a standalone

super boring till the last few chapters. hated the ending. couldn't stand Lia. the only good parts was Lilith's.

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  • Brad
  • 2022-11-17

Can’t care about Lia Mara

I think this would be a better story without Lia Mara. I just can’t bring myself to care about her story, and I don’t enjoy listening to the narration of her portions.
Based on other reviews, I tried to keep my expectations low, but at the end of the book, I just felt unsatisfied, sad, and disappointed.

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  • Court
  • 2022-02-15

Disappointed

Waist of time. 2nd book and this book 3. All the author did was unravel all that was done in the first book. I wanted to love the book but I kinda hated it. Every choice and conversation the characters had just made me irritated... all I could think at times was SERIOUSLY?!! So yes, the first book I really enjoyed and I was anticipating the character building in the rest of the series, but as I said it wasn’t positive character building. It was pretty much pillaging and pulling down and making great characters out to be villains barley saved by a scrap of mercy at the end. The “good” characters seemed to have a victim persona and seemed self righteous justifying why they were so right to turn on friends that made “bad” choices. Sad thing is that I liked the first book so much that it took all the way up to the last page of book three to unravel all the good happy vibes. Disappointed. I enjoyed the voice acting except for “good” perfect little cherry on top princess, she sounded annoying, whiny, or just so mushy happy squeaky, it was just over done... although as I listened I didn’t necessarily think that was all the voice actors fault it was just calmative of the script and personality little miss perfect princess was given. Honestly from the standpoint of the first book I felt betrayed for some of the characters.

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  • Prerna Kuckreja
  • 2021-03-06

Good but...

Satisfying ending and I love that there is room for more..I’ve enjoyed this series!
The performance of Lia Mara was not to my liking. Someone it sounded like a whiny teen rather than a queen. I wish the voice actor was given better direction on this one!

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  • Ariel Scheimann
  • 2021-01-30

All the feels and a mostly satisfying conclusion

Thoroughly enjoyed this series even if I found some of the characters to be a bit grating. I loved getting the perspective of all four main characters in this book. Kemmerer brought so much life and emotion to each of these characters and told the story in a way that nearly had me in tears at multiple points throughout the book. The ending did feel a bit rushed and I was left wanting a tad more to wrap it all up, but overall loved this conclusion and the series as a whole is an entertaining indulgence!

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  • alaskanchick
  • 2024-02-03

Decent series with serious flaws in logic

This is a review for the whole series.

Overall, a fun read, and I think the author really presented some interesting conflicts and issues and the way the four POVs were woven together really worked. Lots of political intrigue and maneuvering. The first book was an interesting twist on the Beauty and the Beast story, but the second book was a slog. I almost didn't bother with the third, but I'm glad I did because it was the best of the series.

I will say that I was disappointed with series though because the author did really present some interesting conflicts and posed some interesting questions, but I don't think the stories really lived up to the potential in the series.

The worldbuilding was really nonsensical. I don't want to go into all the many ways, but let's just say that it's lucky the DC aligns with the only pocket in that magical world that happens to speak English. Just a few days' ride north they speak a completely fictional language not found in world. This magical world espouses modern beliefs when it suits the author and antiquated ones when it pushes the plot along.

And frankly, the entire conflict surrounding aligning the two countries together is absolutely bonkers. You don't marry kings and queens to each other. That's not an alliance. That would be merging two countries together. Lia Mara and Grey can't both rule their individual countries. You pair a younger prince to a queen or a younger princess to a king. Then there's the issue that Syhl Shallow has no money and that's the only reason they're going to war...what? Is their only form of income for the country blackmailing Emberfall? Now, that it's gone their economy is failing? And even if Rhen doesn't trust them, why would he choose war over a trade agreement? Or if he's willing to do anything for his country, why didn't he marry the Crown Princess in the 2nd book...

Sorry, I'm knit-picking.

Like I said, I think it posed some interesting ideas, and it was entertaining, but it didn't reach it's potential. But worth reading.

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  • Cina05
  • 2023-12-29

Great Conclusion to the Trilogy!

I really enjoyed this last book. I feel like it tied everything in together well, when the last book left things so uncertain in this war. I was also happy that the story took on the perspectives of each of the four main characters fairly equally. Finally, I wasn't in love with Lia Mara's narrator in book two, where she overacted and made her character seem immature in my opinion. However, I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to find that she seemed to tone it down and give Lia Mara's character the maturity she deserves. I liked the performances of all four narrators in this book, and it's definitely worth a listen!

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  • Nichola
  • 2023-12-23

Excellent Story

The storyline of this trilogy kept me rapt. Even through the "fade-to-black" romances.

All the "my lady's" really annoyed me, especially in book one. It might have been the narrator's emphasis, so I gave it a pass.

I don't know why reviews say that this book destroyed the dynamic of the 1st. Those listeners must not have actually finished book 3.

I really enjoyed the various perspectives throughout the trilogy. While the writing itself was a bit stilted at times, the balance of main characters in each book was magnificent! (Seriously, it's difficult to develop new MC arcs and keep previous MC from becoming "flat.")

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  • Berg
  • 2022-12-13

Good, but too much repetition

It’s an entertaining story and interesting conclusion to the series, but there are multiple sections that repeat descriptions almost verbatim. I’m sure readers can see parallels without using the exact same phrases.

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