A Curse So Dark and Lonely Series by Brigid Kemmerer – Book Review

Another series that I bought because of Bookstagram. This has been on my TBR and shelf for way too long!! Sometimes I wonder if the unread books on my shelf could talk, what they would tell me every time I buy new books without reading the ones on the shelf!! But, does it stop me from buying more? Nope!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Rhen, the Crown Prince of Emberfall, was cursed by an enchantress to relive the same season again and again and turn into a monster at the end of each season until he finds true love. Harper is kidnapped by Rhen’s commander in chief Grey from Washington DC and taken to the kingdom of Emberfall. A Heart So Fierce and Broken and A Vow So Bold and Deadly are the sequels.

Brigid Kemmerer has used beautiful and descriptive language throughout all the 3 books. The world building is mind blowing. I can still picture Emberfall’s castle, streets and the white palace in Syhl Shallow in my mind almost a month after I read the last lines in the 3rd book.

The first book gives us Rhen’s and Harper’s POV. But even then, Grey had my heart. The way he handled things that would have broken anyone else was just astounding. He was always there with Rhen guiding him, consoling him, obeying him. Grey was whatever Rhen needed him to be. It was also refreshing to read a book where the female MC has Cerebral Palsy. Harper, despite her disability, is strong, stubborn and never gives up on those she loves. The only thing I felt missing was getting to know Grey more. I would have loved to know what was going through his mind in some of the scenes.

I was excited to see Grey’s POV in the second book. That’s exactly what I was waiting for. But then, we didn’t get Rhen’s or Harper’s POV. I really feel if their POVs were included it would have added more depth into all the characters. I really missed this. Lia Mara, daughter of the neighbouring enemy kingdom’s queen, was a revelation. Her character is on a completely different dimension from Harper. Lia Mara, unlike her mother and sister, is kind, compassionate and believes that a sword is not the answer to every problem in the kingdom.

What frustrated me in the second book was that if Rhen and Grey had a heart to heart to talk, majority of the issues could have been avoided between them. Also, Rhen is portrayed almost as a villain in this book. Whipping Grey who was his confidante and almost a best friend, whatever the reason maybe, is something that I still find hard to accept. Maybe if we got Rhen’s POV, I might have understood why Rhen did what he did.

The third book had POVs from all four characters and this was a pleasure to read. This quite literally added so much depth to the plot. Again, I had to wait till almost halfway through the book before they all just started talking to each other!! So much misunderstanding due to the hesitation to talk openly. There were also many side characters whom I wish I knew more about like Tycho, Jake and Noah. The ending did not give us closure to all the sub plots. But then maybe Kemmerer plans to have a spin off. (I hear Tycho is getting a book for himself soon).

Overall, I’m glad to have read this series. A definite recommendation for all the fantasy lovers.

My Rating 4⭐

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