Hey there! I just finished my first read of 2021 and it was fan-tabulous! I enjoyed it so much that it inspired me to start a new post that I call Loving the Lines.
Basically, Loving the Lines is dedicated to books with stand-out quotes that need to be shared. I’m often moved by passages and lines from the books I read, and I thought this would be a great way to show the love!! Many thanks to all the wonderful writers who inspire, empower, entertain, and make people think. Today, that author is Brigid Kemmerer!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken is the second book in Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers series, and I wanted to read it before the January 26th release of A Vow So Bold and Deadly. Here’s a trailer for the series:
The second story in the trilogy focuses on Grey, and I wasn’t sure about the switch in perspectives when I first heard about the book. I loved Harper and Rhen in A Curse So Dark and Lonely and, as much as I loved Grey too, I was hoping for a continuation of Harper and Rhen’s story.
Well, I never should have doubted, and I regret taking so long to pick up the book. It was a great read, and a fabulous way to start 2021! I love the story, Grey, the new characters, the immersive world, basically everything about it!
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite lines from the book!
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And underneath it all, so tiny that I almost don’t acknowledge it, a kernel of pride that instead of magic bringing fear and torment, the way Lilith did, or pain and death, the way my sword would, my magic brought healing and trust, and that is not a small thing at all.Grey
You said that not every problem can be solved by the end of a sword. I have carried those words with me for days… Since you made me realize that I am no longer a weapon to be wielded by another.Grey
About Lia Mara
Two sisters, one heart.Lia Mara
“That is what makes you dangerous. Not because you would ride in with a blade and take control, but because you could quietly sit in this chair, in the dark, with your book”—the corner of his mouth turns up—“and you could determine the best way to achieve what needs to be done.”Grey
The most dangerous person at the party is always the girl sitting alone with a book.Grey
Everything I want goes against everything my country needs.Lia Mara
About Rhen & Harper
Prince Rhen is a brilliant strategist and a consummate gentleman, but he can also be petty in the most creative of ways. The curse changed him—in truth, it changed us both—but it did not lessen his ability to be vindictive. It did not lessen my ability to tolerate it either.Grey
Rhen said he lost my trust, but I don’t think that’s true. I trust him the same way I always did: to put the safety of his kingdom ahead of everything else.Grey
He stalked across the room like he wanted to wage war, but he kisses me like I’m the most delicate thing in the castle.Harper
I spent so long waiting to find you that I worried fate might take you away.Rhen
Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.Iisak
Do not fault yourself for choices you believed were right in the moment.Iisak
Nothing unifies people like a common enemyLia Mara
The world is full of men who underestimate women. Men who undermine them. I cannot rule from a place of weakness. I do not have the luxury of mercy and sympathy. Nor will your sister.Karis Luran
When a man no longer deserves your loyalty, it is not a failing of yours.
It is not weakness to wish for peace.
There are so many interesting, powerful, and thought-provoking lines from this book! Which is your favorite? Comment below!
About the Books:
Book 1: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Page Length: 484
Publication Date: Jan. 29, 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Synopsis: Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Book 2: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Page Length: 450
Publication Date: Jan. 7, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Synopsis: 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.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been 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 readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.
Book 3: A Vow So Bold and Deadly
Page Length: 416
Publication Date: Jan. 26, 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Synopsis: 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 magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.
As 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 bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.
About the Author:
Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.