A Vow so Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3), #103 review

Publication date: 26 January 2021

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 a dangerous enemy returns, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

In the final book of the Cursebreaker series, I feel both bittersweet and slightly bitter at the ending. Why? Read on to find out.

A Vow So Bold and Deadly was less bold and deadly than I had in mind. I didn’t have very high expectations for the finale thus it was a surprise to me that I was dissatisfied. The ending was wrapped up prettily in a bow for readers, but the wrapping paper had some holes -_- you can see the gift through the holes. The pacing of the book was slow, as was the build-up. I did enjoy reading about Grey learning Syhl Shallow customs and Lia Mara navigation as a gentle Queen. Rhen was Rhen, Harper still stands up for what she believes in.

I have come to realised that the four of them kinda represent the Prevensie Siblings from Narnia in their own way.

They carry some of their traits being:
Rhen = Peter (magnificent)
-Trained to be King since birth, shoulders the most responsibility and leadership. He also shares the desire to protect everyone except himself, aka sacrificial lamb.
Harper = Lucy (valiant)
-Always brave no matter the danger. Faces each challenge with grace and sheer authenticity. Despite her disability, she refuses to be treated differently and trains to be better if not work around her weakness.
Grey = Edmund (Just)
-Down to earth, honest, fair and equal to all. He chooses the hard way over the easy option every time. He believes in doing the work -proof himself worthy instead of receiving half-assed loyalty from the Syhl Shallow army.
Lia Mara = Susan (Gentle)
-Lia Mara is like Queen Susan in every way. She goes by the books and logic to the point of stubbornness. She is gracious and kind, her compassion knows no end. In the brutal court where fear is a weapon, Lia Mara’s ways and values are new to her subjects. Despite her sisters telling her to harden her heart, she stands her ground and proved to them that maybe being vicious isn’t always the answer.

I felt that there were many unanswered questions in the book even though most important things were wrapped up by the end of the book. What I hoped to see more in the 3rd book was Iisak’s story. As the King of the fallen Scraver Kingdom, Iishellasa, he has much to bring to the table. Especially if he reunites his Kingdom again, his kind carries powerful magic that can turn the tide of War. Unfortunately, the role he played was not as important as I anticipated.

What lacked in surprises and plot twist was made up by the bittersweet goodbye to the characters and Emberfall. I did enjoy the minuscule bickering and inside jokes shared during their reunion.

This marks an end to the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. If you like slow-burn series, simple trilogies to read and fighting for what you believe in, you might enjoy this trilogy. Thank you @definitely.books for sending me a review copy. Available in all good bookstores now. #pansing

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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