Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

My review (or rant):

Me a few months ago: YAY, finally the sequel of A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Can’t wait to pick it up.

Me after reading this book: Pick up the book / start reading / wait… Is this the right book? Did I pick up the wrong sequel or did I miss a novella, a short story..?

Oh boy! What was that? I am super confused. Like really really confused about this sequel.

So many people warned me about the sequel being a tad disappointing, and they were so right. I mean no disrespect here, truly. Just, I really don’t understand the writer’s choices for this book.

Where do I start? I feel like I need to make a list:

  1. Harper

The reason why ACSDAL was an amazing story was Harper. Harper was such an amazing, strong, and fierce character, that in spite of her disability she did not give up and kept fighting for the good of Emberfall. And in this book, nothing, you see her for just one tiny useless chapter. Why is she not the main character anymore? Why are we just seeing glimpses here and there of Harper and why isn’t the plot about her anymore? She deserved so much more. Heck, no, the audience deserved a series with a female badass with a disability.

  1. Lia Mara

Oh dear, nothing against her, just… she wasn’t Harper, she was the usual cliché – a brave female character that always tries to do the right thing and fights for peace, blah blah blah. But she just came out of nowhere and I actually started to like her only at the end, when the plot finally moves to Syhl Shallow and Karis Luran comes into the scene.

  1. Rhen

Oh Rhen, oh… my beloved Rhen… everything that happened to you in book one has been wiped out and discarded in the bin. Now you are just simply evil and the only explanation offered was that you have PTSD. Here, I am so sorry to say this, but for me it’s a missed opportunity. Also, why is Harper OK with this cruel Rhen? It’s impossible! The writer had the chance to explore this issue more and how this was impacting Rhen. For me this explanation is not enough and then…

  1. Harper/Grey/Rhen

I don’t know about other readers, but I had a feeling that during the first book that there was a sort of triangle. What happened to that? Grey’s new love interest doesn’t make sense. This new Grey doesn’t make sense. He completely changed personality.

So, what I don’t understand is, if Rhen is just an evil king and even his people don’t want him and he is up to really messed up stuff – avoiding spoilers here – why is Harper still on his side? How can you justify her love for him? It’s not sufficient having other characters saying ‘she loves him’ when the writer doesn’t even explore their relationship anymore.

  1. World building

Let’s not forget that a very important aspect of this world building from book one has been completely disregarded and, even if it was mentioned here and there, it’s not important to the story anymore. It’s like we forgot that Harper, Jacob and Noah came from Washington DC, or the fact that Grey was able to visit our world is now put aside and for me it doesn’t make sense. The way that Jacob and Noah just simply accepted to be in this world is nonsense.

  1. That ending…

Seriously? Seriously? Seriously!!!! Are you kidding me? I mean, Disney did it better with The Return of Jafar.


In conclusion, I don’t know if I will buy the third book. The pace is quite fast, so you don’t get bored reading this one. It’s just that if you loved the first book, you will continuously roll your eyes for the second one, in every chapter. There is one new character that I really really liked, Tycho, and I think it will be the only reason to push me to buy the third book. There is so much stuff unsaid about him and in my brain, I am making up lots of stories about his past and his relationship with Grey.

In short – big disappointment.

3/5 stars