Author – Brigid Kemmerer
Genre – Fantasy
Publisher – Bloomsbury India
Year – 2020
Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟/5
Curse is finally broken. But Rhen has more problems than before, with the rumor of one more heir there is a change of loyalty in Emberfall. People and Rhen’s advisories are doubting whether Rhen is the true heir or not?
To make matters worse Karis Luran declares war if Rhen does not agree with her conditions. The only person who knows about the heir is Grey. But where is Grey? Is he dead? Or is he hiding? And why hiding?
I generally don’t like series because of the cliffhanger but I completed this whole series in 2019 only to realize there is going to be a third part also. But I am not complaining at all. Because for the first time in my life I love love love the cliffhanger at the end.
Grey just shines throughout the book. His dilemma, kindness, magic, pain, love and his loyalty will just melt your heart. I was already his fan from ACSDL and this book does whole justice to Grey’s character. It also proves why we actually need this sequel!!!
Second the love story OH MY GOD!!!! I am already freaking and gushing about Lia Mara and Grey. I totally ship them. Lia Mara is timid with no self confidence, a firm believer in peace, and always doubting herself. But she is so much more than she actually think of herself. And only Grey makes her realises her true potential.
I can’t help but compare the two main characters of ACSDL and AHSFB. Both Harper and Lia Mara. In first part you have brave and courageous Harper who despite having no knowledge or experience whatsoever in ruling a kingdom, does a great job in being a queen. Whereas Lia Mara being born and brought up as a princess, have no confidence to be a queen. It is going to be damn interesting when they come face to face in third part.
I am already a fan of Brigid Kemmer’s writing because both the books have so different characters and setup, but her writing is always engaging and gripping. Though I felt this book has more fillers than necessary. It was slightly slow pace because of it. But I like the fact that the author has defined every character’s action and nature to understand why they are, the way they are. This book kind of lays the foundation to understand the characters more deeply for the upcoming third part.
The ending was just shook me to the core. The whole story just turned upside down in one single page. I actually had to read it twice to believe it. Now I just can’t wait for the third part. I am so sure it will have more drama, more magic, more love and finally Rhen and Grey will face each other.
Thank you Bloomsbury India for the ARC in exchange of honest review.