A VOW SO BOLD & DEADLY (CURSEBREAKERS #3) by Brigid Kemmerer, narrated by Melissa Bayern (Queen Lia Mara), Kate Handford (Princess Harper), Davis Brooks (Prince Rhen), and Matt Reeves (King Grey)

Like many other readers, I loved the ending of this novel. How wonderful to go from a situation where everyone is rattling their sabers, preparing for a brutal war, only to have the brothers (Prince Rhen and King Grey) come together to make peace.

What makes Brigid Kemmerer’s writing so magnificent is the way she paces her novels. She gives us plenty of excitement with all the swordfights and riding hither and thither (as they used to say:), but she also spends a great deal of time letting her character’s emotions unspool on the page. I enjoyed their hesitations, their struggle to find the right words, and her portrayal of how hard it is to find your way through swirling emotions.

I was also struck by how much research she did that made this trilogy so enjoyable. Ms. Kemmerer writes with warm empathy when describing disability. Not only did we have Harper’s cerebral palsy, but now Rhen is blind in one eye. And then there are all the sword fights, dagger thrusts, blocks, and riding. She has done so much research that she is literally able to give a blow-by-blow account (pun intended) of every fight, which makes it seem so real.

Five stars.

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