- Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
It’s no surprise to me that I didn’t enjoy reading this book. After the disaster that was the second book, I knew not to expect much from this one. This entire story was a pity party. Every character in this story is always doubting themselves, there are so many questions about their actions and I got tired of that very easily.
This is the third installment of the Cursebreaker series by Brigid Kemmerer and we follow the perspective of Grey, Lia Mara, Harper, and Rhen as they try to settle both their territories before going to war with each other. This book obviously picks up after A Heart So Fierce and Broken, but now we follow each of our main characters on their separate journeys to save their kingdom. Rhen and Harper are so at odds with each other. Harper resents Rhen for attacking Grey the way he did and Rhen resents himself for acting that way. Not to mention, the thread of Lilith is still roaming around and Rhen is terrified which causes more discord between them. Grey and Lia Mara try to unify their people even though half their country is terrified of magic and unites against it. Grey and Lia Mara have to face the consequences of threats to the queen, an imposing sister that doesn’t know her place, and more. Not only that but the tension between the two countries grows more and more array as they try to find solutions to not go to war.
Let’s start with Rhen and Harper. My first loves, the only reason I read this book in the first place. They’re such a shell of the characters that we all met in the first book. Harper keeps making excuses for Rhen’s behavior and Rhen keeps feeling sorry for himself. I had to push very hard to finish this book. Harper seemed so strong to me regardless of her cerebral palsy and yet she was turned into this character that doubted everything about herself and those around her. It got annoying really fast. Moreover, in the beginning, Rhen was also doubting himself. He never communicated with Harper which caused a bigger divide between them. Not to mention Lilith was still around tormenting him and he kept that all to himself.
Grey and Lia Mara were most of the same. Lia Mara kept being the whiney girl she was from the second book. Her sister had to take over many times while she was queen because she couldn’t find a voice because she was afraid to speak up. Not only that, but her soldiers listened more to her sister than the actual queen, but who can blame them when she doesn’t even know what she wants. Grey now has to gain the trust of her army because they don’t fully trust him which basically what he struggles with throughout this book. He helps Lia Mara find her voice as queen and is able to get the soldiers to respect him.
Again, this book overall fell flat to me. I didn’t like it, but it is no surprise because I knew kind of where it was going. However, if you enjoyed the past two books, then you’ll for sure enjoy this one. I love the way the author writes and I can’t wait to see what her next series brings. Also, I doubt this is the last book in the series because the way this book ended was awkward. Just saying. Anyways, if you like Shelby Mahurin, Tricia Levenseller, Renee Ahdieh, Roshani Chokshi, then you’ll enjoy this book. Thank you for reading my review, it means a lot to me. Until the next one.