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When ancient magic tests a newfound love, a dark fate beckons... Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they’ve learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn’s When ancient magic tests a newfound love, a dark fate beckons... Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they’ve learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn’s parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won’t save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can't pay what they owe. Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has returned to Syhl Shallow -- in the form of a magesmith who's now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it. When a stranger rides into town offering Jax and Callyn silver in exchange for holding secret messages for an anti-magic faction, the choice is obvious -- even if it means they may be aiding in a plot to destroy their new king. It’s a risk they’re both willing to take. That is, until another visitor arrives: handsome Lord Tycho, the King’s Courier, the man who’s been tasked with discovering who’s conspiring against the throne. Suddenly, Jax and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, dangerous flirtations, and ancient magic... where even the deepest loyalties will be tested.


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When ancient magic tests a newfound love, a dark fate beckons... Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they’ve learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn’s When ancient magic tests a newfound love, a dark fate beckons... Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they’ve learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn’s parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won’t save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can't pay what they owe. Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has returned to Syhl Shallow -- in the form of a magesmith who's now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it. When a stranger rides into town offering Jax and Callyn silver in exchange for holding secret messages for an anti-magic faction, the choice is obvious -- even if it means they may be aiding in a plot to destroy their new king. It’s a risk they’re both willing to take. That is, until another visitor arrives: handsome Lord Tycho, the King’s Courier, the man who’s been tasked with discovering who’s conspiring against the throne. Suddenly, Jax and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, dangerous flirtations, and ancient magic... where even the deepest loyalties will be tested.

30 review for Forging Silver into Stars

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    im still so bitter about how the cursebreakers series was ruined, but i guess not bitter enough to not read this spin-off series. lol. and i will say this, BK knows how to start a series. the first books always come in strong and this is no exception. the characters are relatable, the magic is interesting, the court politics arent dull, and (even though this is on the longer side) the pacing is good. what i really like about this book in particular is the balance between all of the different POV im still so bitter about how the cursebreakers series was ruined, but i guess not bitter enough to not read this spin-off series. lol. and i will say this, BK knows how to start a series. the first books always come in strong and this is no exception. the characters are relatable, the magic is interesting, the court politics arent dull, and (even though this is on the longer side) the pacing is good. what i really like about this book in particular is the balance between all of the different POVs. i always felt like each character got the right amount of page time. there are times when some POVs are present more, but it fits with the story. i never felt like i was missing out on anyone. so, a really great start. i honestly couldnt ask for anything more. but like i said, the first books are always the best in each series by BK, so heres me with my fingers crossed that this series doesnt meet the same tragic end as the original series. ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    I had high hopes for this book, after being a long-time fan of the Cursebreaker series, and it somehow was better than I thought it could be. I couldn't put it down. I read all 500+ pages in 2 sittings. I never wanted it to end. I love all of the characters, old and new, I loved the direction the plot went in, and the romance?!?! I'm obsessed. We follow three POVs: Tycho, the King's Courier (who you might be familiar with if you've read ACSDAL), Jax, a blacksmith, and Callyn, a baker. Jax and Call I had high hopes for this book, after being a long-time fan of the Cursebreaker series, and it somehow was better than I thought it could be. I couldn't put it down. I read all 500+ pages in 2 sittings. I never wanted it to end. I love all of the characters, old and new, I loved the direction the plot went in, and the romance?!?! I'm obsessed. We follow three POVs: Tycho, the King's Courier (who you might be familiar with if you've read ACSDAL), Jax, a blacksmith, and Callyn, a baker. Jax and Callyn are best friends, living in a small village, who possibly get caught up in some minor treason. Meanwhile, Tycho is struggling to maintain the trust of the court and the king. I don't want to say too much about the plot, because I think it's best going in not knowing much, but I can tell you, it is absolutely addictive. I couldn't predict what would happen next and found myself glued to my book. If you're looking for a fun fantasy read (with queer and disability rep!!) go pick this book up! Content Warning: Animal death, ableism, child abuse, death, rape, violence, kidnapping, death of a parent Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC to read and review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Well, it was exciting to return back to the Cursebreakers Universe, welcoming back Tychno ( we already met with him at “A heart so fierce and broken’). This book also introduces us two 18 years old new characters: Jax, the blacksmith- more likable character than Callyn the baker who are doomed to live in Syhl Shallow, the land where the magic has been banished. Even though these two friends are adamant to learn the magic that is appeared in the form of magesmith, they find themselves into an es Well, it was exciting to return back to the Cursebreakers Universe, welcoming back Tychno ( we already met with him at “A heart so fierce and broken’). This book also introduces us two 18 years old new characters: Jax, the blacksmith- more likable character than Callyn the baker who are doomed to live in Syhl Shallow, the land where the magic has been banished. Even though these two friends are adamant to learn the magic that is appeared in the form of magesmith, they find themselves into an espionage scheme that threatens the new king’s life! At that moment, Lord Tycho- the Courier of the king arrives to the land to investigate the culprits conspiring against the kingdom. It took a little time for me to get into the story and resonate with the new characters. But as a fan of Cursebreakers series, I enjoy this thrilling ride and looking forward to read the upcoming sequels as well. I advise you to read the series at first to understand the dynamics between characters and true nature of magic! Special thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books/ Bloomsbury YA for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    [Dec.10, 2021]: COVER REVEAL AND ITS SO BEAUTIFUL OMG Update [July 12, 2021]: I CALLED IT https://twitter.com/BrigidKemmerer/st... *manifesting cursebreakers spin-off series* iykyk🙂🔪🔪🔪 [Dec.10, 2021]: COVER REVEAL AND ITS SO BEAUTIFUL OMG Update [July 12, 2021]: I CALLED IT https://twitter.com/BrigidKemmerer/st... *manifesting cursebreakers spin-off series* iykyk🙂🔪🔪🔪

  5. 4 out of 5

    pauline

    GODDDDD its so nice to be back in this world!! This book had me flipping page after page and its a pretty big read--I was kind of intimidated before of how long it was, but once it picks up, IT MOVES SO QUICKLY. When I tell you I literally couldn't put it down!! Since it is the first book in a spin off, there are things that need to be set up which is what I think the first 100 or so pages do. By no means does it drag, not at all. There's 3 POVs and it's all in first person which made it less int GODDDDD its so nice to be back in this world!! This book had me flipping page after page and its a pretty big read--I was kind of intimidated before of how long it was, but once it picks up, IT MOVES SO QUICKLY. When I tell you I literally couldn't put it down!! Since it is the first book in a spin off, there are things that need to be set up which is what I think the first 100 or so pages do. By no means does it drag, not at all. There's 3 POVs and it's all in first person which made it less intimidating for me (fantasy books in third person POV kiiiiiillll me) OKAY PLOT THINGS NOW: again, I wouldn't say its a slow start completely, but the story and world needed to be set up, so do with that what you will. Once you get past that, you'll love the book (and it doesn't feel like a chore, trust me. But shit gets real after the world gets set up so keep pushing) I LOVE THE PLOT. I wrote quite a bit in my book because I had soooo many reactions. One character in particular MADE ME SO MAD that I was writing bitch in the margins 💀 but did I end the book in love with all of the characters? YES. So much happens in the 560 pages of this book and it's not overwhelming and it also doesn't drag. It kept me invested the entire time and seeing my babies Rhen and Grey had me pumping my fist in the air ❤️‍🔥 The way the story unfolds had me talking out loud to myself at 12 in the morning. That's how invested I was. We have LGBTQ characters and we also have two sets of love interests unfolding in here (not a love triangle dont worry). You don't necessarily need to read the cursebreaker trilogy before this, but I would highly recommend it!! I loved the trilogy (seriously its so good, give it a shot) and seeing them here again made me fall in love with them even more. I CANNOT WAITTTTT FOR BOOK 2 (cliffhanger is not terrible and it won't make you wanna chuck the book at the wall, but it will leave you eager for book 2)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bhavya

    WE GOT A COVER AND A BLURB. AAHHHH. ........................................... WE HAVE A BLURB AND A RELEASE DATE. CURSEBREAKER SERIES SPIN-OFF. MAY 2022. I AM SO EXCITED. (https://twitter.com/BrigidKemmerer/st...) ............................................ I’ll read anything Brigid Kemmerer writes. Waiting for this now. WE GOT A COVER AND A BLURB. AAHHHH. ........................................... WE HAVE A BLURB AND A RELEASE DATE. CURSEBREAKER SERIES SPIN-OFF. MAY 2022. I AM SO EXCITED. (https://twitter.com/BrigidKemmerer/st...) ............................................ I’ll read anything Brigid Kemmerer writes. Waiting for this now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Tonks

    After reading A Vow so Bold and Deadly which is seriously my most disappointing book of the year, I'm not sure how I feel about a new book in this world. I also never really cared that much about Tycho so I am probably going to go into this with very low expectation. Fingers crossed I won't be disappointed again. That title sounds amazing tho... I was hoping for more Rhen content as he doesn't deserve the hate he gets After reading A Vow so Bold and Deadly which is seriously my most disappointing book of the year, I'm not sure how I feel about a new book in this world. I also never really cared that much about Tycho so I am probably going to go into this with very low expectation. Fingers crossed I won't be disappointed again. That title sounds amazing tho... I was hoping for more Rhen content as he doesn't deserve the hate he gets

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    I should state right off the bat that it's likely this first book in a new series in the same world as the "Cursebreakers" trilogy is going to appeal mostly to those who either liked the conclusion of the trilogy or didn't find it so bad. So, if you happen to not find yourself in any of these camps, then it's up in the air whether you'll enjoy Forging Silver into Stars. And if you've not read the previous trilogy, then I don't recommend you pick this one up, because you'll be both lost and treme I should state right off the bat that it's likely this first book in a new series in the same world as the "Cursebreakers" trilogy is going to appeal mostly to those who either liked the conclusion of the trilogy or didn't find it so bad. So, if you happen to not find yourself in any of these camps, then it's up in the air whether you'll enjoy Forging Silver into Stars. And if you've not read the previous trilogy, then I don't recommend you pick this one up, because you'll be both lost and tremendously spoilered from start to finish, because this book is for "Cursebreakers" connoisseurs, not for newcomers to Brigid Kemmerer, and there's too much you need to know beforehand. Having been on the camp that found the ending to the "Cursebreakers" trilogy extremely disappointing, I was still willing to give the world another chance in hopes a new story would compensate for the bitter aftertaste left by "A Vow So Bold and Deadly." I cannot say in all honesty that this expectations has been met. This spin-off repeats many of the same mistakes as in the original trilogy, with the addition that the new leading characters aren't even a fraction as interesting as Grey/Rhen nor as subversive and compelling as Harper. I couldn't find anyone to care about in this story, as both Callyn and Jax are dull and flat, so monotonous and bland I'd get into a lull and my interest would flare up only for the brief episodes where Gray and Lia Mara, Rhen and Harper would have a scene. Tycho is a lovely character in the first trilogy, and I like him, but frankly he doesn't have the clout to carry the plot on his own, not for me. And Alek? I've just closed the book and already barely remember him. Not a good sign It doesn't help at all that the pace is excruciatingly slow and, unlike what you'd expect for a first book in a trilogy to be at least moderately self-contained but with a lead in to the next volume, this one is so blatantly set-up and more set-up you almost want to scream at the hubris of assuming we readers want a trilogy and will buy the next two books no questions asked. This is how they're shoving trilogies down our throats now, by making the first book pure set-up and ending it on a mother of all cliffhangers? It risks causing the readership to feel insulted, if you ask me. At the very least, Kemmerer could've drawn new characters worth the price of buying all 3 books, not bait-and-switch us with dangling old beloved characters from the first trilogy that, here in this book, are in the background for most of the onpage time. The "conflict" looks a bit artificial, too. Like, there'd be none if all those daft people talked to each other, clearly if possible. I'm not a fan of Big Misunderstanding tropes, and this is one of the reasons the first trilogy turned out like it did, amongst others. It'd have perhaps been better to create a spin-off that was its own story with new characters and set in another part of the world, maybe even another time, and not recycle the old characters as in-and-out highlights in a "new" trilogy that does leave the impression of wanting to fix some of the issues of the previous trilogy, but that might end up adding more instead. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna *Bran. San. Stan*

    What? No! When is the next book coming out??? 5 magical stars. Kemmerer writes excellent YA fantasy which always manages to grab my by the heartstrings. Her prose, her characters, you name it. While the Cursebreaker series will remain my favorite for now, this spin-off trilogy already has the potential become a favorite as well. This book involves a triple POV and I really like how initially misleading it is – you are likely to expect a love triangle between Jax, Callyn, and Tycho, but let me all What? No! When is the next book coming out??? 5 magical stars. Kemmerer writes excellent YA fantasy which always manages to grab my by the heartstrings. Her prose, her characters, you name it. While the Cursebreaker series will remain my favorite for now, this spin-off trilogy already has the potential become a favorite as well. This book involves a triple POV and I really like how initially misleading it is – you are likely to expect a love triangle between Jax, Callyn, and Tycho, but let me allay your fears: that’s not at all what’s going on (view spoiler)[: actually it’s an MM romance between Jax and Tycho. I got my first clue when Tycho thinks of Jax as “beguiling”. And another when the focus lies on Tycho meeting Jax and not Callyn.) (hide spoiler)] If you’ve read the Cursebreaker series, you already know Tycho, then 15, now 19 years old and as Courier to the King, he often travels between Rhen in Emberfall and Grey in Syhl Shallow. I’ve always liked Tycho so it was really fun to see him again. Jax and Callyn are new characters, a poor blacksmith and a baker, respectively, trying to make ends meet in a small village. I admired Jax’s strength, both mentally and physically, especially considering he tragically lost a foot at the age of 13. Despite a brief intense dislike when Callyn is “led astray”, I became very fond of her; Callyn's character arc is just so well done. It was also really gratifying to see familiar characters again, Jake and Noah and their relationship especially. My dearly beloved Grey does not come out of this looking too rosy though; Rhen is as lovable – and by that I mean as stoic and controlled – as ever. As for the plot, the main conflict involves the perception of magic and Grey as a dangerous, evil magesmith – as perpetrated by the unironically called Truthbringers. As a result, it’s really painful to see how events are twisted and selective, how people’s fear and ignorance are used to create another narrative (and one that hits too close to home these days), blinding people to what’s true and right and using them in the process. Sure, magic has brought a lot of suffering and death, but Rhen and Grey are good men at heart and they do work for their peoples’ best interest. At one point, I was reminded of the Bridge Kingdom and the indoctrination regarding the big bad enemy (here: magesmith Grey) and was really fearful our main characters would take as long to accept reality. I’m glad to say this went a totally different way – admittedly with one character being manipulated but it was done believably and briefly and without excessive inner monologues. Watch how it’s done, Miss Jensen. My one pet peeve with this book and the Cursebreaker series: the inflated use of characters “pausing”. I pause. He pauses. She pauses. 139 times. (If you made a drinking game out of it, you would die of alcohol poisoning.) As much as I love Kemmerer’s writing, this has become distracting. And now that I’ve made you aware, you can be distracted with me. (Or not. Maybe not everyone is as anal as I am.) A couple of things that bothered me: (view spoiler)[ 1. I hate when conflict arises because one character keeps the truth for himself for too long. So you can guess that I felt the same way here when that happened. Twice. It’s just such a common plot device that I’ve grown to find tiring. 2. It also really bothered me that Lia Mara grants Alek an audience in front of the court when she must know his visit will most likely enflame rumors and dissent. Why??? 3. Jax assumes the traitor “Lady Karyl” is a fake name when telling Tycho about her. So why does he not mention her one distinctive characteristic, heterochromia, that would help identify her despite any assumed name? (hide spoiler)] Bottom line, I enjoyed this immensely and I can’t wait to continue reading. I was invested in the characters, immersed in their fates and, in light of that, any misgivings I might have had while reading were soon forgotten. Can this be read as a stand-alone? Sure. Would I recommend reading Cursebreakers before? Absolutely. If you don’t like book 1 of that series, you won’t like this one either. And if you end up liking it, you can just go ahead and read all the books in the proper order. But hey, you do you :).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    I'M IN LOVE ONCE AGAIN AND BRIGID, YOU ARE AT BLAME! but no joke, I had this feeling when my favorite series gets a spin-off series, that i feel like it will ruin the first series for me(even though i die to have more book from that world again) so naturally, I was kind of scared that case will happen here. BUT OHHH HOW I WAS PROVED WRONG AND I'M HELLA HAPPY ABOUT IT😃😃 Forging Silver Into Stars is just the most beautiful fantasy novel, with romance, betrayal, intrigue and wildly swinging emotion I'M IN LOVE ONCE AGAIN AND BRIGID, YOU ARE AT BLAME! but no joke, I had this feeling when my favorite series gets a spin-off series, that i feel like it will ruin the first series for me(even though i die to have more book from that world again) so naturally, I was kind of scared that case will happen here. BUT OHHH HOW I WAS PROVED WRONG AND I'M HELLA HAPPY ABOUT IT😃😃 Forging Silver Into Stars is just the most beautiful fantasy novel, with romance, betrayal, intrigue and wildly swinging emotions. I don’t know how she does it but Brigid Kemmerer’s writing just gets better and better. It felt so good to be back in Emberfall and Syhl Shallow! FORGING SILVER INTO STARS has some cameos by some of my favorite characters from the Cursebreakers series— Rhen and Harper, Grey and Lia Mara… and especially Tycho. Also, Nakiis, Iisak’s son! I love that he was part of this, and I’m super intrigued to see where the plot concerning him goes next. • • • ₪ • • • One thing you should know is that I fell in love with Tycho in A Heart So Fierce and Broken and would die to protect him. He’s baby. Well, it’s been four years since the events of A Vow so Bold and Deadly and Tycho is still baby, but he’s 19 now, and things have changed. WOW I feel like there's a reason Brigid released her book in pride month because 😃😃 we have to start with the romance. At first, I was not at all sure how the romance would play out. Would we get a best friends to lovers romance between Cal and Jax, a love story between Cal and Tycho? Instead we get two romances, one that I didn’t see coming and is by no means settled by the end of the book and the other that stopped my heart in my chest with its pure, heartbreaking honesty and driving emotions. “I know. Jake is a good man.” “He was a good man then, too.” He pauses. “You’re not distracted. You’re not reckless. If your heart tells you someone deserves your attention, listen to it.” WOW DO I LOVE NOAH A LOT??? like he is such and aspiring charcater and I loved that Tycho mentions when he wants to feel relax he goes to noah's infirmary. (view spoiler)[the way tycho and jax's romance paralleled Jake and noah's 🤩😭 YESSS (hide spoiler)] I am so in love with the direction that Brigid takes in this book. And there’s this scene (which leads to a handful of other scenes) that she didn’t plan for, and it’s 100% one of my favorite moments in the whole book.😍🤩😎 also I just loved how natural it felt – the friendship between Jax and Callyn – and her little sister Nora (who is utterly delightful and I love her – spicy romances ftw) was just so effortless. • • • ₪ • • • “If Grey is a man of action, then Rhen is a man of deliberation” I MISSED RHEN SO MUCH And seeing grey and lia mara with little sinna settling into a family was refreshing. there is one moment with Grey that nearly broke me. The way I saw it in my head, the way it came to life – nope, can’t talk about it because I’ll get all caught up in the feels and then I’m just going to have to re-read the book again.😥😓😔 The plot had me hooked, but it was the characters, the romance and the heartbreak that kept me from putting this book down. I adored it, possibly (maybe definitely) even more than A Curse so Dark and Lonely (JK 😎) but we retain all the magic, all the familiarity of what I loved about that series and just turn up the heat. • • • ₪ • • • I cannot recommend this book enough. If you loved the Cursebreakers Series – Rhen, Grey, Lia Mara, Harper and Co. then you’re going to absolutely going to love this next installment. I do think certain things in this books needs some fresh up from the previous trilogy, so this might not be a standalone after all. it's actually better, the cursebreaker series is so good. The wait for book 2 is already going to be long as shit, as it is. • ──── ✾ ──── • Update 12 June :it's a Guinness Record the way I didn't even read the synopsis or anything, only saw Brigid kemmerer has a brand new book (now that I'm focusing it's in syhl shallow😨) and I pressed "want to read". I can't believe i just manifested this spin off, and it's here OH MY GOD.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    No words, only disappointment. I will not be continuing this series. One extra star for Callyn only. So sorry the author did such a wonderful character so dirty. Before release: Oh well.... Guess I'll be reading this despite hating how A Vow So Bold and Deadly ended. No words, only disappointment. I will not be continuing this series. One extra star for Callyn only. So sorry the author did such a wonderful character so dirty. Before release: Oh well.... Guess I'll be reading this despite hating how A Vow So Bold and Deadly ended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This was such an addictive read & I loved every moment of it! It’s the perfect spin of sequel from the cursebreaker series that follows a different set of characters who are very entertaining!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Casey Bee థ

    I want to start by saying that I have not read the Cursebreaker series. While it is in the same world and some of the characters are the same, the two series are independent of one another and you can read this without having read that. That being said, I imagine that I would have better understanding of the world if I had read that first. For example, there is mention of Washington, D.C. Clearly, this world and our world exist in tandem. But there is no further explanation on that, which I was I want to start by saying that I have not read the Cursebreaker series. While it is in the same world and some of the characters are the same, the two series are independent of one another and you can read this without having read that. That being said, I imagine that I would have better understanding of the world if I had read that first. For example, there is mention of Washington, D.C. Clearly, this world and our world exist in tandem. But there is no further explanation on that, which I was like huh… but I’m guessing that would’ve been explained had I read Cursebreaker first. Other than that, I don’t think it matters what order you read the series in. They will either be in order chronologically, or if I go back and read Cursebreaker now, it will be like a prequel and fill in some history of some of the characters. Jax is a blacksmith, and Callyn a baker. They are best friends and both in financial struggle. When they get tied up in passing secret messages for strangers who pay them to do so, it becomes clear they are in way over there heads and possibly committing treason. Enter Lord Tycho, the King’s devilishly handsome Courier who stumbles upon Callyn and Jax by chance when his horse loses a horseshoe. Unable to keep Jax out of his mind, their paths become entwined. Callyn and Jax have to navigate where their loyalties, beliefs and hearts lay. That’s a very basic synopsis, but the story was good and kept my attention all throughout. The romance was wonderful in this book. What I thought was going to happen versus what actually happened was different, and what actually happened was better. There are a few good life lessons regarding treatment of others depicted by way of the romance, specifically intimacy with a sexual assault survivor. Overall I really enjoyed this book! The writing was good, the story captured me and I enjoyed the characters. I wouldn’t say that I absolutely fell in love with any of them, but I liked them well enough. Lord Tycho was my favorite, if I had to choose. A solid 4 star read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (yaallegiance)

    Review coming soon!A HUGE thank you to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of Forging Silver Into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer releasing on 06/07/2022 SPOILER FREE REVIEW: I want to preface this by saying that Brigid is one of my ALL TIME favorite authors, but that it in NO WAY affects my review of this book. As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of the Cursebreakers trilogy and I wasn't sure how I would feel going back into this world, while following a new cast of characters because Review coming soon!A HUGE thank you to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of Forging Silver Into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer releasing on 06/07/2022 SPOILER FREE REVIEW: I want to preface this by saying that Brigid is one of my ALL TIME favorite authors, but that it in NO WAY affects my review of this book. As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of the Cursebreakers trilogy and I wasn't sure how I would feel going back into this world, while following a new cast of characters because i am so attached to the og cast... I am so so happy to report that I LOVED it. Forging Silver Into Stars takes place in the Cursebreakers world after the events of book three, A Vow So Bold and Deadly. Forging Silver Into Stars is told through three different perspectives, and follows new characters Jax and Callyn who are best friends living in a small town near the border of Emberfall, until they find themselves on opposite sides of a brewing war. Tycho, a fan favorite from the Cursebreakers trilogy, also returns as the King's courier and is tasked with discovering who is conspiring against the throne. Brigid has once again showcased her talent at entwinining action and adventure with romance and political intrigue.. all while keeping the reader turning the page and wanting more. Forging Silver Into Stars was almost 600 pages and I desperately wanted more which makes me SO excited that this will be its own trilogy. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy and support this incredibly talented human! Overall rating 5/5 HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  15. 4 out of 5

    thebookbitch

    A solid start to a new series. I’m hoping the other 2 books will delve more into the magic system and creatures since this one lacked it a little, but overall a really good book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zoranne

    Thank you Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I loved Forging Silver into Stars! There's something about the way Brigid Kemmerer writes her stories that makes my heart sing. I hadn't read Kemmerer's Cursebreaker trilogy prior to reading this (I'm not one for Beauty and the Beast retellings) and I found myself being able to immerse myself into the world easily. There are spoilers for Cursebreaker in FSIS so keep that in mind when picking t Thank you Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I loved Forging Silver into Stars! There's something about the way Brigid Kemmerer writes her stories that makes my heart sing. I hadn't read Kemmerer's Cursebreaker trilogy prior to reading this (I'm not one for Beauty and the Beast retellings) and I found myself being able to immerse myself into the world easily. There are spoilers for Cursebreaker in FSIS so keep that in mind when picking this up. I enjoyed that FSIS took place from the POVs of two commoners, Callyn & Jax, and Tycho who is someone to loyal to both kingdoms. Through Callyn and Jax’s POV, Kemmerer showed the struggles of regular people recovering from war and how a kingdom’s decisions greatly impact their people for the years that follow. I loved reading from the perspective of all 3 characters. If I had to pick a favorite it would be Tycho. He’s a cinnamon roll who would do anything for anyone. His slow burn relationship with Jax gave me the warm and fuzzies. Callyn being the protective big sister to Nora reminded me of my own relationship with my brother. FSIS is slow moving for the most part. It very much felt like a first book in a series. But in a way that acted as a bridge between the Cursebreaker series and the next books to come. It’s clear there will be a bigger conflict in the later books and more political machinations as the use of magic continues to be scrutinized. I’m eager to see what comes next! If you haven’t read the Cursebreaker series and are okay with being spoiled, you’ll be able to enjoy FSIS no doubt. It’s fun, character driven, and has the polictial intrigue that I love in fantasy novels. I’m excited to see what readers will think when FSIS comes out on June 7! 4/5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    12/07/2021 — Do I want to read this? I’m still mad with how the original trilogy went down hill & ended. And you knew by that ending she was going to write a spin-off/continuation.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kimbro

    *So received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. First, if you haven’t read the Cursebreaker trilogy, don’t read this book yet. It 100% requires you to have knowledge of the story line and characters in that series. That’s not a bad thing - just be forewarned, this book assumes you’re familiar with the story and will spoil many plot points in the Cursebreaker trilogy for you. At around page 300, I realized I should probably stop waiting for the story to happen. I really enjoyed the fast pace *So received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. First, if you haven’t read the Cursebreaker trilogy, don’t read this book yet. It 100% requires you to have knowledge of the story line and characters in that series. That’s not a bad thing - just be forewarned, this book assumes you’re familiar with the story and will spoil many plot points in the Cursebreaker trilogy for you. At around page 300, I realized I should probably stop waiting for the story to happen. I really enjoyed the fast pace of the Cursebreaker trilogy, but Forging Silver Into Stars reads more like really loooooong set up for a second book. There’s lots of repeating scenes here with minimal character development, and I started to get the sense that the actual story is about Grey and Lia Mara - though they’ve been relegated to the role of side characters we only get to briefly see through Tycho’s perspective. And while I did enjoy Tycho’s character, I struggled to connect with Jax and Callyn on an emotional level. There’s no climactic action until the very last 50-100 pages, so it was hard for me to figure out their role - I know I’m supposed to sympathize with their plight but nothing spurs them into action, even things that I personally thought should. It’s just a lot of indecision and talking around the truth. Speaking of truth, what little plot there is here hangs on poor communication between every single character, which got frustrating fast. And I get it - miscommunication and poor communication are factors of everyday life. But when it’s an ongoing thread that has to sustain 500 pages of conversation…it does get a bit old. I realize this review makes it sound like I hated the book. And I don’t think it’d be accurate to say I enjoyed it. But will I read the next one? Yeah, definitely. I care too much about the original cast of characters to not keep reading, and I have hope that all this set up will turn into a much faster paced second book. Oh gosh, I hope.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellie's Bookcase

    12/7/21: Ooh! A Cursebreakers sequel series. Looks like I need to read the main trilogy ASAP! 11/7/21: Really hoping this is another fantasy series!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5 𝙂𝙚𝙣𝙧𝙚: Fantasy series (book 1) 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩: Physical ARC 𝙁𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙌𝙪𝙤𝙩𝙚: “But expecting more from my people is not a weakness. It is hope. It is patience. It is grace. But those virtues don’t mean the absence of viciousness. The true weakness is to think a queen is powerless.” 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙: Spin off from the Cursebreaker trilogy Multi POV (Tycho, Jax, Callyn) Mix of characters from the Cursebreaker series + new characters Romance Found family Political intrigue Action and adventure (seriously we trav ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5 𝙂𝙚𝙣𝙧𝙚: Fantasy series (book 1) 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩: Physical ARC 𝙁𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙌𝙪𝙤𝙩𝙚: “But expecting more from my people is not a weakness. It is hope. It is patience. It is grace. But those virtues don’t mean the absence of viciousness. The true weakness is to think a queen is powerless.” 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙: Spin off from the Cursebreaker trilogy Multi POV (Tycho, Jax, Callyn) Mix of characters from the Cursebreaker series + new characters Romance Found family Political intrigue Action and adventure (seriously we travel ALL over Syhl Shallow and Emberfall) 𝙁𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: I *almost* read this book in just one sitting, and it is THICK at 542 pages. The pacing was fast and action packed thanks to the multi POVs from Tycho, Jax and Callyn, mixed with elements of romance, adventure, and political intrigue. This is a spin-off series from the Cursebreaker trilogy. I LOVED A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but it took me over a year to return to book 2 and 3 because I didn’t love them as much. Forging Silver Into Stars made me feel just as excited and drawn into the Cursebreaker world as I was when I read ACSDAL, and I’m so glad I picked this one up. If you’ve been debating if you want to return to the Cursebreaker world, then this is your sign—DO IT!! It’s totally worth it. One of my favorite things about this book is that it takes a few of the unresolved plot points from the Cursebreaker series—Rhen’s new role, Tycho’s journey to adulthood, Iisak and his son, Grey and Lia Mara’s new status—and gives us new direction and fresh perspective. While we previously only saw the kingdom from the royal’s POV, we now get an expanded view of Syhl Shallow and Emberfall from characters outside the royal family. I honestly love (most of) the new characters we get to meet. I already loved Tycho, and Jax is a new favorite character. There is so much depth to him and he grows so much throughout this book. We see his ugliest struggles and brightest moments of happiness, and it just makes you want to hug him! Callyn wasn’t my favorite for a decent part of the book because she’s a little narrow minded on certain things, but I understand why she reacts the way she does and her actions fit her character. I think she has a lot of promise for development and growth in future books. On top of great characters, I loved the absolutely adorable romance, political maneuverings and betrayals, and the journey all over Syhl Shallow and Emberfall. I mean, Kemmerer seriously takes us all over the kingdom and ties in many different characters and plot points, even in small ways (that I’m hoping will be significant in the next books). The ending left me so hopeful and excited to see where our characters go next—there’s so many possibilities! Thank you to Bloomsbury for an ARC of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Micheline Ryckman

    DNF. This just wasn't grabbing me, but I’m convinced fans of the original trilogy will probably love being back in this world. I might come back to this one at a later date. 👍🏻 DNF. This just wasn't grabbing me, but I’m convinced fans of the original trilogy will probably love being back in this world. I might come back to this one at a later date. 👍🏻

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    Honestly, this was just way too much angst for my liking with not enough actual plot. I'm sure I'll be in the minority here, but I feel like if you enjoyed the third Cursebreakers book you will enjoy this as well, and if you didn't, then you won't enjoy this either. Honestly, this was just way too much angst for my liking with not enough actual plot. I'm sure I'll be in the minority here, but I feel like if you enjoyed the third Cursebreakers book you will enjoy this as well, and if you didn't, then you won't enjoy this either.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    Actual rating: 4.5 Brigid's writing NEVER disappoints me, her books remind me why YA Fantasy is my favorite genre. I will say, I didn't like how the Cursebreakers series ended. At All. However, I maintain that I like how Brigid writes and so I was looking forward to this one and it did NOT disappoint. Firstly! Characters!! Tycho, Jax, Callyn, I loved them all. The POVs don't get muddled and it was really refreshing to see out of the palace perspectives on everything happening! I will say, as much Actual rating: 4.5 Brigid's writing NEVER disappoints me, her books remind me why YA Fantasy is my favorite genre. I will say, I didn't like how the Cursebreakers series ended. At All. However, I maintain that I like how Brigid writes and so I was looking forward to this one and it did NOT disappoint. Firstly! Characters!! Tycho, Jax, Callyn, I loved them all. The POVs don't get muddled and it was really refreshing to see out of the palace perspectives on everything happening! I will say, as much as I liked Grey in the first series... I was fully Team Tycho on this one, Grey could take a walk. I understood his motives but he wasn't doing it for me. The plot line was excellent and the twists snuck up on me! I loved how we got more insight into the world building and magic system. Slightly spicer than I would prefer for a YA book but I still enjoyed it and am excited for the next one! I received an e-arc of this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mae (readingwithmae)

    this book made my plane rides go by so fast

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaley

    3/27/22 Quick Stats Age Rating: 14+ Over All: 5 stars Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Special thanks to Bloomsbury YA for an ARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions reflected in this review are my own. This book just drove home what I already knew. I would read Brigid Kemmerer’s grocery list and love it. This is one of my most anticipated books coming this spring—I mean, Brigid Kemmerer, return to Emberfall and Syhl Shallow, disability rep, AND MORE TYCHO???—and it exceeded all my 3/27/22 Quick Stats Age Rating: 14+ Over All: 5 stars Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Special thanks to Bloomsbury YA for an ARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions reflected in this review are my own. This book just drove home what I already knew. I would read Brigid Kemmerer’s grocery list and love it. This is one of my most anticipated books coming this spring—I mean, Brigid Kemmerer, return to Emberfall and Syhl Shallow, disability rep, AND MORE TYCHO???—and it exceeded all my expectations. This book is tri-POV, following Jax and Callyn, best friends who live in a small Syhl Shallow town near the boarder to Emberfall, and Tycho, a fan favorite from the Cursebreakers series. As courtly politics and magic reach Cal and Jax’s town, they find themselves on opposing sides of a potential war, and have to face the fact that everything they’ve always known about magic and the King, may not be true. I loved this book. I loved the plot, the story, and I already loved the world, but now I love it even more. I loved all the cameos from Jake, Harper, Grey, Rhen, Noah, and Lia Mara. I loved the disability representation in Jax, a below the knee amputee. I loved one of the romances. I already adored Tycho, and I loved seeing more of him. I loved Callyn and Jax and their personalities and characterizations and growth. I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK OKAY? I will admit, Callyn’s storyline kind of made me want to scream at times, since, because I’ve read the Cursebreakers, I knew so much that she didn’t and I just wanted to shake some sense into her. I mean, don’t get me wrong. It was well written, made sense with her character, her past, the world, and all of that. I think it was well done and I don’t have any complaints with it, it was just SO FRUSTRATING. I think it was supposed to be. I flew through this book. It’s like 560 pages, and I read the whole thing in under 24 hours. In two sittings. I stayed up late into the night, reading until I couldn’t keep my eyes open and had to put it down because I was so hooked. I honestly don’t know what it is about Brigid Kemmerer’s books that are so addicting to me. Her characters are just so alive, her worlds are so easy to fall into, and she is a master of keeping you on the edge of your seat. All of that is to say: this is the best book I have read so far this year—and I’ve read 61 books so far. I have only one complaint, and that is the fact that I’ll have to wait over a year for book 2. 3/15/22 BRIGID FREAKING KEMMERER MAN I LOVE HER I LOVE THE CURSEBREAKERS I LOVE DEFY THE NIGHT I LOVE THIS actual rtc

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    “You’re not distracted. You’re not reckless. If your heart tells you someone deserves your attention, listen to it.” I was so excited to dive into this book and return to the Cursebreaker world! There are three POVs - Tycho, the King's Courier, who we met in the original trilogy; Jax, a handicapped blacksmith in a small village, and Callyn, his best friend who is the baker in the small village. Jax and Callyn accidentally get involved in a plot against the king and magic much bigger than they “You’re not distracted. You’re not reckless. If your heart tells you someone deserves your attention, listen to it.” I was so excited to dive into this book and return to the Cursebreaker world! There are three POVs - Tycho, the King's Courier, who we met in the original trilogy; Jax, a handicapped blacksmith in a small village, and Callyn, his best friend who is the baker in the small village. Jax and Callyn accidentally get involved in a plot against the king and magic much bigger than they thought, in their struggle to meet ends meet in their small town. I loved all three of these characters and the rich political environment that Kemmerer creates. You can really feel for the struggles of all of these characters and the strife they go through just to survive. I also really like how the author presents the political situation not in terms of black and white, but in a complicated array of feelings. There is a huge shift in the dynamic between Jax and Callyn, and these two best friends really have a changing friendship that is central to the book plot. The romance between Jax and Tycho was amazing, I really loved how Tycho never looked down on Jax and really encouraged him to do the things he was afraid of; at the same time Jax grounded Tycho and made him reflect on his place in the court politics. This was an amazing continuation of the series and I can't wait to see where this amazing fantasy series goes from here!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    As a disabled girl I always love encountering disabled characters in fantasy settings, especially when their disability is just there, sometimes causing issues and pain and insecurity, but never really a plot in itself. Brigid Kemmerer did a great job with Harper in A Curse so Dark and Lonely and when I discovered that this book was once again gonna star a disabled main character I didn't know how fast to request this book on Netgalley. And I was so happy to see my request granted! I have to admi As a disabled girl I always love encountering disabled characters in fantasy settings, especially when their disability is just there, sometimes causing issues and pain and insecurity, but never really a plot in itself. Brigid Kemmerer did a great job with Harper in A Curse so Dark and Lonely and when I discovered that this book was once again gonna star a disabled main character I didn't know how fast to request this book on Netgalley. And I was so happy to see my request granted! I have to admit that I was kinda glad that I only read the third book in the Cursebreaker series a few weeks ago. Although this book in a way can be read as the first book in a new series it does continue with storylines and story-arcs that have already started in the previous trilogy. I think people who haven't read the previous three books will miss a lot of background information, world building and character development, which basically means they will be reading an entirely different story. I quite liked though how this book has a slightly different tone. The story is growing. It feels like this book is targeted at a slightly older audience. The characters have jobs and responsibilities. And this book is about so much more than good versus evil and freeing the kingdom from dictators and sorceresses. The politics is complicated, up until the point that you get where everyone comes from, even when you can't agree with all their methods used. Just like the characters are incredibly complicated and intriguing. They mess up. Some even mess up pretty badly and yet they show that making mistakes doesn't have to determine your entire life. And that sometimes even when you made mistakes you can eventually still make the right choices. Although, I'm pretty sure there are a lot of mistakes to be made in future books and lot of paths still to be chosen. I can't wait to read it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nash (all too unwell)

    HOW LONG MUST I WAIT A YEAR?? A FREAKING YEAR??

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    So I have a confession to make... I haven't read the Cursebreaker Series yet! However this didn't seem to effect the reading of this book at all, it may give it more context and history but this can absolutely be read as a standalone, I never felt confused or left behind and the world building in this book was not ignored as a result of a previous series, its well written and builds a good sense of both countries. The magic seems unique and interesting but this book doesnt go into great detail a So I have a confession to make... I haven't read the Cursebreaker Series yet! However this didn't seem to effect the reading of this book at all, it may give it more context and history but this can absolutely be read as a standalone, I never felt confused or left behind and the world building in this book was not ignored as a result of a previous series, its well written and builds a good sense of both countries. The magic seems unique and interesting but this book doesnt go into great detail about the history behind the magic and its origin so I will defiantly go on to read the prequel series to this as I really want to learn more about how it came about and the people that use magic in this series. If you enjoy characters and their development and royal plots this book is for you, its stacked full of royalty, interesting and unique characters and has some good representation for amputees and LGBGTQ+. Romance's and friendships are built really well, especially at the beginning where you finding out all the new friendships and potential love interests, I honestly was not too sure who was going to end up with who and I felt the development and depth of those relationships was written so well and are laced with navigating past trauma which I think is handled really well by the author. Something to watch out for though is the communication, if you are a fan of things being resolved by conversation this book could cause some frustration, there are a few times that I felt the characters should and could have said something that would have released all the tension and would have solved some of the issues, this of course would take away the suspense and not help the plot along but I know its a common issue for some readers so go into this knowing there are times where you will shout "JUST TELL THEM!" I wouldn't suggest that the plot is action filled but there was defiantly enough character story lines to keep me reading. The book is written in first person, multiple POV and spans the distance of counties at times, something I always love as you can almost feel in different worlds throughout the book. Im really keen to see where this book goes there is so much that can happen from this start to the series particularly with Tycho (confirmed pronunciation of Tie-Ko) and Alek. it doesn't leave you on a cliffhanger as such but lots to be discovered so Il be keeping watch for the next instalment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hadeel

    Brigid Kemmerer has done it again! I’m obsessed with her writing, characters and plot! This book made up for the let down that was the last book in the curse-breaker series (which you should read before picking this one up). I loved seeing old characters and their development & purpose in this book was fantastic to read about. Brigid Kemmerer continues to remind me why I love YA fantasy so much, I’m going to need book two ASAP!

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