A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood


Potentially Intense Themes


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A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3)

Brigid Kemmerer

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 a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As the two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and a dangerous enemy returns, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion 

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) We have Harper and Rhen back! I disliked book 2. I know, I know, it was Grey and we love Grey (I really do!) but it had a different feel. and I missed Rhen and Harper. I also didn’t like Lia Mara until this book. I grew to like her and she added to the book instead of took away. It took a bit to get into but then there were times I was flying through these pages. I liked having all four POV’s. It worked well bringing the books together for the conclusion.

Lia Mara appears weak to her soldiers and those around her. She strives to be kind and compassionate. It’s such a stark difference from her mother that she is viewed as lesser. Her fight for stability and respect is admirable and not something I typically think about with royalty. Her throne can be taken by anyone who kills her and that adds an extra element of suspense. I would’ve liked more on her sister and the throne because I see possible conspiracy there. That could be a great spin-off book.

Lilith is such an interesting character. Ruthless and unrelenting, she brings such callousness to the story. I often like these characters the most, not because they’re loveable but because of the complications they bring. She’s unstable and it makes for dramatic pages.

I feel Kemmerer gave us closure and I love the ending. But maybe there are a few things left undone for another book? It says this is the conclusion but I can see potential for a spin-off.

Content Summary: Intimacy was high with a few sex scenes and vaguely detailed foreplay. The two couples are passionate a few times. Violence is high with details or torture and blood.

Detailed Content Review



H***- 17


A**- 1


D***- 1


Religious Cursing





Derogatory terms etc-

Silver h*ll


Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

Wine and champagne are served at a party. A young woman partakes.

A man drinks wine. Many more drink also. 

A man drinks from a bottle. 

A man and young woman drink wine. 

A man and young woman drink wine. 

A young woman and man drink wine. 

Two men drink sugared spirits. 

Two men drink ale. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

*Very minor LGBTQ+ aspects included*

A man kisses a young woman. He uses his tongue. She takes off his jacket and sword belt then kiss more. He strokes the top of her chest. She thinks about sex. 

A man and young woman sleep in the same bed. 

A man and young woman kiss. Their tongues brush. He pushes her against the wall. She takes off his armor, he pulls up her dress to touch her thigh. She runs her fingers along his skin under his shirt. He starts to undress then picks her up and puts her on the bed. She says she’s never done this. He hasn’t either. He runs a finger down her chest. He slips his hand under her robe. No more details. Sex implied. They wake up next to each other. She admires him in the morning while he dresses. 

A man helps a woman get out of a corset and skirts. She still has a shift on underneath. He takes off his armor and it’s alluring to her. He kisses her neck, she leans against him and realizes how close she is to him because he makes a growling sound. 

A young woman kisses a man. She straddles him in his lap. He fingers her thigh under her shift. She thinks about how she’s not wearing underwear. He fingers the top of her breast. He picks her up and places her on the bed, his hand going up her thigh. His fingers touch her…heat pooling in her belly… she pulls at his shirt and belt then lower… he hisses and says it’s been a long time. Then his hand moves and she involuntarily arches her back as she sees stars. 

A woman kisses a man and traces his lips with her tongue. 

A man and young woman passionately kiss. 

Two men are in a relationship. 

A young woman is pregnant. 

A man kisses a young woman.

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

There is reference to a previous whipping and torture of a man and 2 men. 

A young woman grabs a woman’s hair and stabs her gut with a knife. The woman claws at her arm, leaving blood. 

A woman’s tongue is cut off for spitting at royalty. Blood pours down her front. 

Someone lights a small bomb (Molotov cocktail) and a young woman is injured. Her leg is burned with blisters. The young girl who threw it was killed. 

A young woman goes to strike a young woman but another young woman intervenes and stabs her in the chest. The young woman is gasping for air as she gurgles blood then dies. 

A woman breaks many bones in a man’s body. She then stabs him multiple times. She broke another man’s jaw, then cracked his ribs. She pulled every tooth from his mouth. 

A woman tightens a young woman’s corset, making her struggle to breathe. The young woman elbows her. The woman sends magic on her skin that feels like fire and ice. She vomits and has blood. It feels like her bones are being pried through her skin. 

A woman uses magic and slashes her nails across a man’s abdomen causing him burning pain. She slashes his face and breaks his arm. A man puts a sword through her. She is bleeding and pulls the sword out then slices his neck with her hands. His blood drips down her wrist. Arrows are shot at the woman. The woman throws a knife in a young woman’s thigh.

Many are dead. Some are pinned to the wall with swords. Blood is everywhere and it is a gruesome sight. 

A large flying animal claws a young woman and tears her off a horse. 

Blood pools on the floor from two men. One is dead. A woman places a bloody heart of a young woman by a man. 

A man drags dozens and dozens of bodies outside. He doesn’t want to burn them and animals have begun picking at them. 

A young man tells of when men invaded his house. They raped (very vague) his mother, slit the neck of their cow and killed kittens with a dagger. 

Soldiers surround a camp. They shoot arrows and arrows are shot back. Many die. 

**SPOILER** A man and young man throw knives and shoot arrows at a woman. She uses magic to push them back, breaking fingers of one. She throws knives and hits a man. A creature uses claws to tear at her skin, blood blooms. She stabs it multiple times. She stabs a man. A large monster appears. A woman is lit on fire. The monster “rips her apart.” Blood and gore splatters. A friend has died. 

Potentially Intense Themes


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