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REVIEW! A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book, when in fact it’s only been just over a year. It was definitely worth the wait. This review will have slight spoilers for the first and second books in this trilogy, but if you want to see my reviews for those two books, you can find my non-spoiler review here for A Curse So Dark and Lonely and my spoiler review here for A Heart So Fierce and Broken.

Rating: ★★★★★

The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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.

So this is the final book in a trilogy that I have absolutely adored, and I had extremely high expectations for this. I’m very happy to report that I got literally everything I wanted from this ending and those last few chapters were so satisfying. This whole book made me feel things, from happiness to sadness, to fearing for the characters’ safety and some bits even made me laugh because these characters can be sassy as anything sometimes. I did actually expect this book to make me cry for most of the story, however it wasn’t until the last 60 or so pages that I actually started crying, and then so much happened that I practically didn’t stop until the end.

I’ve loved these characters from the beginning and although they make some questionable decisions (I’m only looking at you Rhen) they are all such incredible characters. I feel like there wasn’t enough oh Lia Mara in this book, but what we did get from her I loved seeing her find her place as Queen of Syhl Shallow. We did however see a fairly big change in Grey and I was 100% here for that change, it only solidified the fact of him being my favourite character even more. I also really enjoyed seeing the how the relationship between Lia Mara and Grey, and also the relationship between Harper and Rhen both progressed throughout this book. During the events of A Heart So Fierce and Broken I did actually begin to dislike Rhen, and then for most of this book I still disliked him, but as things started to unravel I began to see deeper into the reasons why he was acting how he had been and I was more understanding. However, by the end of the book I feel like he finally grew a spine and, in my eyes at least, he redeemed himself from his actions in the second book. There is still a long way to go for Rhen, the ending did touch on that a little, but I can’t say anything more than that without going into spoiler territory, so I will leave it there.

All in all this series was incredible, and in my opinion only got better as it went on, this third installment in the Cursebreakers series is definitely my favourite of the three and it is a series I will reread many times.

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