So A Vow So Bold and Deadly finally came out and I’m so excited. I have been a fan of the Cursebreaker series by Brigid Kemmerer since the very beginning. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is quite possibly one of my favourite beginnings to a series of all time. Not only is it a retelling of one of my favourite stories ever, Beauty and the Beast, but the series also becomes its own thing in A Heart So Fierce and Broken and then into about A Vow So Bold and Deadly. That’s why I think it’s perfect for fans of both retellings and those who don’t like retellings.
I’ve been so excited to talk about A Vow So Bold and Deadly since I was lucky enough to receive an arc, but I decided to keep all my reviews and thoughts to myself until the finished copy of the book had been out for at least a week because I knew I wouldn’t be able to talk about some things without potential spoilers. However I’m going to keep my written review (this one) spoiler free. If you’d like to hear some of my views that do involve spoilers you can check out my YouTube video which I’ll link below. Otherwise you can just keep scrolling for my spoiler free review.
I don’t know what to tell you about this book other than this is exactly the end to the series that I feel like the series was setting itself up for. Naturally I gave it five stars – I couldn’t not – it was just so utterly enjoyable. As quick as you could click your fingers I was sucked back into the world that Brigid Kemmerer had worked so hard to create, yet all of her work comes off as effortless ease. It’s masterful. I couldn’t be happier to be back in the world that she created whether we were in Emberfall or Syhl Shallow, and once again I just was so over the moon happy to be back with these characters.
As great as the world building is, it truly is the characterization where Brigid Kemmerer shines. We get four points of view in this book, and each one is incredibly distinct. You never have to go back and check who’s chapter you’re reading because everybody’s voice is so unique to them.
Now, no spoilers obviously, but I have been very vocal in my support of Syhl Shallow since A Heart So Fierce and Broken but what I will say is that no matter what team you are on you are going to be happy with this book and this end to the series. At least that’s how I feel.
The writing flows so easily – before you know it you’ll have read 100 pages; I mean I finished this in two days which is both a testament to how excited I was to read the book as well as how well the writing sucked you in and kept your attention. Short chapters also really helped with this I have to admit, but it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish.
Obviously I don’t believe in perfect books, I’ve said this many times, and this is no exception. There are some things that I don’t think were quite satisfactory throughout the book. One of these things, again no spoilers, was that I felt that the recapping was too much throughout the book. Don’t get me wrong, I really like it when books in series pepper in references to things that happened in previous books, but I felt like there was too much of that in Vow – especially considering it had a shorter page length than the previous two books. That’s a really picky thing I know but I did notice it almost every time something came up where I just felt like it was more of a case of people really should have read the previous books in the series if they wanted that much detail. Again, I have no problem with authors reiterating some key points especially when there have been months or even years between books in series being published; I just wish it wasn’t quite so overt in Vow.
Although I do wish it was commonplace in the publishing world to have a bit at the beginning of a book in series that did ‘previously on’ just like they do in TV shows.
But back to the review. I can’t talk about much else where I had a slight issue with the book without hitting spoiler territory (hence my video review), but one thing I can say is I had to keep reminding myself that this is a YA book and not an adult book because I felt like sometimes things were either too neat or very quickly glossed over. This does include the crescendo to the story… That’s all I can say without giving spoilers.
But all in all this is such a fantastic end to an amazing series. I highly recommend it to everybody. I think this is great for those starting off in fantasy, I think it’s also great for those who are established fans of fantasy. It’s an easily accessible YA story for adults, and it has just enough familiarity to give you a warm fuzzy whilst staying true to itself and giving an original plot to excite you.
Whilst I don’t think it’s the strongest book in the series, I think that goes to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, it is still a very strong book in an amazing series. I’ve heard that this is the last in the series, but I have a feeling that we haven’t come to the end of our exploration of this world. I think we’re going to get some novellas and I for one am fully on-board with that idea.
A five star read for me, I’m happy with the way everything worked out and I still adore the characters and I genuinely cannot wait to see what the author does next.
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