Finished A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer; it is the final book in her Cursebreakers trilogy.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Face your fears, fight the battle.
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.
Fight the battle, save the kingdom.
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.”
I loved the first two books so much and I’m going to be honest, I was excited and nervous for this one. I adored Rhen so much in the first but then the second one put me firmly on Grey’s side and I didn’t know what was coming in this one, but I knew that it would be hard and that I would probably cry a bunch of times.
Which…yes. But also my loyalty kept flipping and it didn’t take me long for me to just decide that somehow I wanted everyone to be alive and happy, even though I had no idea how that would happen and also I doubted it was even possible.
This book was wonderful and intense and I loved every page (even the ones I also hated because Brigid Kemmerer is maybe not always the nicest to her characters or readers). This is a finale that’s somehow even better than the other two.
I can’t wait to see what she writes next, but I hope I see it soon. Highly recommended.