A Heart So Fierce and Broken By Brigid Kemmerer- A Review

a heart so fierce and broken

In this sequel to Brigid’s previous novel A Curse So Dark and Lonely. In A Heart So Fierce and Broken we return to the world of Emberfall in this magical fantasy where friendships are tested and love blossoms in places you would have never expected…

This is going to be a spoiler-free review of my experience reading this title.

The Characters and World Building

I disliked how the characters were scripted in this book. For me we did not get nearly enough Harper throughout the book for me to be remotely emotionally attached. I get that this sequel is meant to be from Greys perspective but you can’t just drop a main character like that and give them one chapter in the next book? I didn’t enjoy reading the new characters much either. A Heart So Fierce and Broken introduces a new perspective and quite frankly I just found her to be incredibly irritating. Rhen is also suddenly acting like a completely different person… and not in a good way. His behaviour is rash, unnecessary and cruel for the sake of being cruel and I was not a fan.

The world building was just as good as the first book. We got to see more of the political climate of the world and grasp a deeper insight into the environment each of the characters are living under.

The plot and story progression

The story progression was very slow for the first 200 pages. It was quite a struggle to keep going at stages where it honestly felt like no progress was being made at all. Unfortunately the ending didn’t feel worth the effort I made to push through and finish the book. The epilogue especially felt like a massive cop out. It just felt like we had overcome that specific thing and to bring it back gave me the impression that the author had run out of plot points or ideas as to where to take the story next.

Overall, I was incredibly disappointed by where the story went for A Heart so Fierce and Broken, I think the book just got a bad case of “Second Book Syndrome” and felt mostly pointless and not engaging for me.

Overall thoughts and rating

As a result of the several aforementioned things I rated this sequel fairly low. I was sitting on 4 stars but by the end it rapidly declined to 2. When I properly thought about the book and the events that took place it just didn’t feel deserving of more than that for me. It’s definitely deflating giving that I rated A Curse So Dark and Lonely 5 stars and it was one of my favourite reads of 2019! I did enjoy reading Greys relationship with Tycho though, it was absolutely adorable!

Rating: ⭐⭐


  1. nikkiswiftreads
    20th January 2020 / 9:32 PM

    I’m currently reading the first one and loving it. Once I started hearing similar reviews like this I am dreading it a little! Hopefully the next book redeems it!

    • Dominique
      20th January 2020 / 9:37 PM

      Im really hoping the 3rd book is worth it!

  2. Olivia-Savannah
    12th March 2020 / 10:34 PM

    I am so sorry you didn’t like the sequel as much. I absolutely loved it. I do agree that the pacing is quite different… but I liked how it turned relationships around while showing the reason why and how those relationships came to be what they were? And I think it showed how we are all truly monsters when it comes to war, and it really just depends on the perspective and which side you’re standing on whether you think you’re good or bad. I do wish we did still get the previous two points of view because for some characters I guess their changes didn’t get well enough explained for the reader to understand what was going on entirely :/

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

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