A Modern Spin on a Tale as Old as Time
A Curse So Dark and Lonely is my first book by Brigid Kemmerer by it was such a joy to read that it will not be my last. The way it uniquely combines fantasy and the modern world is beautiful. Rhen is cursed. Every winter he turned into a beast, so every fall he sends his guard, Grey, out to bring a girl from our world back with him so he can try to have her fall in love with him and break the curse. He’s failed every time the last 300+ years. The enchantress that curses him Lilith hears him complain about having to relive the seasons with the same result and makes this his final seasons, his last chance at love. Harper by far is my favorite character in all my limited adventures in the genre of fantasy. Harper is from our modern world and has had a rough go of things lately. Her mother has cancer and is dying, her dad is MIA, which leaves her and her brother, Jake, to try to get to by. What I love about Harper is that she has Cerebral Palsy and she doesn’t let it get the best of her. In order for them to just get by Jake has to work for “bad people” in order to pay their father’s debts to them. It’s when Harper is on lookout for Jake on such job that she witnesses what she thinks is a kidnapping. While trying to stop it she inadvertently brings herself to the fantasy world when Grey decides to take her instead. And so, begins our tale as old time. Harper is not too pleased to be in this other world and Rhen isn’t too pleased as Harper isn’t what he expected. Things are just complicated. But as you can expect, things slowly change over time. Harper shakes up Rhen’s life. Her escape attempts end up leading to helping people. I won’t give away too much of the story but I will say that Rhen and Harper are the best Beast and Belle and this story has so many elements that if you had the time you could finish it in one day. I have to say I loved that Harper wasn’t your perfect heroine either. It’s not often that you have a fantasy heroine with any sort of medical issues. Being a woman who has cerebral palsy myself I found it authentic and you could tell the author did her research, I could relate to some of Harper’s struggles, and I loved that her struggles made her a more well-rounded character. Thank you for giving me the fantasy genre in a way that I could not get enough of. Book two comes out the end of the month go out and get it. I know I will.
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