I felt an instant connection when I first read A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Heart-eyes were made and a bond was forged. While I ultimately enjoyed A Heart So Fierce and Broken, I didn’t feel that love and instant connection.
The biggest thing that threw me off was we were dealing with ‘new’ characters. Okay, technically one new character and Grey. In Curse, Grey was the surly guardsman of my dreams. I did enjoy getting to know him more and feeling his pain. I almost preferred the mystery from the previous book.
Lia Mara started off as weak point but like Harper grew into her own. I always enjoy story arcs that follow a character who grows on their own terms. Lia Mara was never going to be ruthless like her mother or sister. They might have seen that as a negative but it was anything but that. She finds strength in doing things her way.
The cliffhanger that we pick up with was a dozy. Kemmerer certainly knows how to build the tension and continually raise the stakes.
Rhen kind of took a dive off the deep end. I’m not sure if it was insecurity or fear but his relentless actions after he figured out Grey felt so out of place. Doesn’t a lifetime of service and loyalty earn someone a bit of leeway and the right to share their story without being attacked?
The story was enjoyable but I didn’t adore it like I was hoping to. I can’t wait for the final installment.