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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

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Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1408884615
ISBN-13 978-1408884614
Release Date 29 Jan 2019
Writer

2 reviews for A Curse So Dark and Lonely

  1. crazyridzy (verified owner)

    One of my all time favorite fairytales is Beauty and the Beast. So, naturally, a retelling intrigued me.
    Harper’s life was filled with struggles, with her father gone, mother dying and brother underestimating her due to her cerebral palsy. Yet, she had managed to learn how to survive.
    Prince Rhen, cursed to relive the autumn off his 18th birthday till he makes someone fall in love with him, fought his demons on a daily basis.
    Grey, Prince’s Rhen’s guard commander, was his loyal supporter and trapped in the warped reality of the kingdom of Emberfall.
    The fate of them all rested on the outcome of one season.

    Harper’s love for her family is palpable throughout the book. Her drive to prove herself, to not let her birth defect affect her strength and her compassion has you cheering for her. Her monologue in her head, especially about Rhen, is hilarious.

    Rhen wins your heart in this story. Grace, courage, love, regret, each characteristic and emotion of his is interwoven and yet distinct. His helplessness pulls at your emotions.

    Grey’s unwaveringnwavering devotion is commendable. Lillith’s cruelty ignites hatred in your core.
    There are several monumental moments in the book -when opinions change, faith is established, truth revealed or loyalty tested and they are all delicately and beautifully portrayed.
    Some of my favorite lines from the book:
    ‘I think you get cards, and you play them but then you get more cards. I don’t think it’s all predestined from the beginning. All along the way, you could have made a different choice and this all could have ended up differently. Failure isn’t absolute.’
    ‘Hope blooms in my chest anyway,a tiny bud giving way to the first light of spring, petals dating to open to reveal the colors inside’.
    ‘I am always surprised that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light’.

    This story keeps you hooked and mesmerized from the first page to the last. It’s beautifully written, magically described and emotionally captivating. The sequel couldn’t come sooner.

  2. Ridhima Pandey (verified owner)

    One of my all time favorite fairytales is Beauty and the Beast. So, naturally, a retelling intrigued me.
    Harper’s life was filled with struggles, with her father gone, mother dying and brother underestimating her due to her cerebral palsy. Yet, she had managed to learn how to survive.
    Prince Rhen, cursed to relive the autumn off his 18th birthday till he makes someone fall in love with him, fought his demons on a daily basis.
    Grey, Prince’s Rhen’s guard commander, was his loyal supporter and trapped in the warped reality of the kingdom of Emberfall.
    The fate of them all rested on the outcome of one season.
    ‘If I put a crystal goblet in this one’s hand, she’d likely smash it and use the shards to cut me’. This is a line that perfectly describes Harper’s distrusting, self preservative nature. Harper’s love for her family is palpable throughout the book. Her drive to prove herself, to not let her birth defect affect her strength and her compassion has you cheering for her. Her monologue in her head, especially about Rhen, is hilarious.

    ‘As before, he’s beautiful and terrible’. Rhen wins your heart in this story. Grace, courage, love, regret, each characteristic and emotion of his is interwoven and yet distinct. His helplessness pulls at your emotions. His confusion in choosing between selfishness and righteousness is grappling.

    Grey’s unwavering devotion is commendable. ‘Do you think he’s worth the sacrifice?’ ‘Time will tell’. Grey’s character is multilayered and leaves you wanting for more.

    Lillith’s cruelty ignites hatred in your core. ‘You, Rhen. You alone will destroy them all’. Cursing the Prince isn’t enough for Lillith and she returns time and again to torture him, to shred his confidence and render him defenseless.

    There are several monumental moments in the book -when opinions change, faith is established, truth revealed or loyalty tested and they are all delicately and beautifully portrayed.
    Some of my favorite lines from the book:
    ‘I think you get cards, and you play them but then you get more cards. I don’t think it’s all predestined from the beginning. All along the way, you could have made a different choice and this all could have ended up differently. Failure isn’t absolute.’
    ‘Hope blooms in my chest anyway,a tiny bud giving way to the first light of spring, petals dating to open to reveal the colors inside’.
    ‘I am always surprised that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light’.

    This story keeps you hooked and mesmerized from the first page to the last. It’s beautifully written, magically described and emotionally captivating. The sequel couldn’t come sooner.

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