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A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer. Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing

A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer

The highly anticipated third and final novel in Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers series,  A Vow So Bold and Deadly has a lot of work to do. After the events of the shocking and twisty second installment, A Heart So Fierce and Brokenwhich introduced the princess Lia Mara and the kingdom of Syhl Shallow, gave former sidekick Grey a POV of his own and fully complicated the way the audience feels about the series’ previously designated hero, Rhen.

As the final book opens, war is brewing – between kingdoms, between friends, and even between brothers. Relationships are strained and the future is uncertain. Can Harper help Rhen learn to trust the brother he used to consider his best friend? Will Lia Mara be able Syhl Shallow when her people question her reliance on the same magic that has long been banned in their lands? And what of Grey? Will he truly claim the crown of Emberfall for his own – even if it means he must defeat the king he served loyally for decades?

The official synopsis describes the story as follows.

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.

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.

A Vow So Bold and Deadly is available on January 26. 

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