Curse Breaker

Kingdom of Runes, Book 2
Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
Series: Kingdom of Runes, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black, this enemies-to-lovers adventure romance should come with a book hangover warning.

All magic has a price. 

Haven survived the Devourers, but she isn’t any closer to breaking the curse. Meanwhile, her forbidden magic rages brighter and more dangerous every day. To control her powers and stand a chance against the Shade Queen, Haven made a bargain with two enemy immortals. Now, her waking hours are spent fighting alongside the Sun Lord, but her dreams belong to the Shade Lord.

Only, the closer she ventures into the wicked Shadow Kingdom, the more her magic shows itself and the more she struggles with whom to trust. The golden but wounded Sun Lord or the darkly charismatic Shade Lord. Both are off-limits. And both have the ability to save her or destroy her.

With the Shade Queen closing in and Bell’s time nearly up, Haven will sacrifice everything to break the curse, but will it be enough to stop the mortal realm from falling into darkness forever?

Welcome to the Kingdom of Runes where immortals and humans clash, light and dark magic reign, and mythical creatures lurk in the shadows. 

If you like fierce heroines, enemies-to-lovers romance, wild plot twists, and endearing characters that stay with you long after you reach the end, you need to discover the book fans are calling dark fantasy at its best. Just make sure to clear out some space on your calendar first!

©2017 Audrey Grey (P)2020 Audrey Grey

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good story<br />

just enough drama & romance. I just despise sequels !! good job Audrey grey.

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Awesome continuation, it made my “favorites” shelf with book 1

I never have any issues when Vanessa Moyen has narrated the audiobook, very fluent and clear. And the usage of different types of voices assure that the dialogues are a breeze to follow.

The Solissia (the immortal part of & it’s multiple races within this world) and Haven still have an unfinished and very challenging to-do list to break the curse and get Bell back. And the challenges ahead will be more dire than the events from book 1 now that they’re in the Ruinlands. This world is filled with darkness, it suffocates all light magic so it is not an easy place to be for the Solissia. Their group is made of all warriors that know how to push through the uncomfortable. And that’s inspiring.


It’s wonderful to see Haven and the Solissia grow towards eachother. The Solissia do have their reasons to dislike “the mortals” but they are slowly seeing more than a mere mortal in Haven. Although Haven did have to redeem herself at first in the beginning of this book after a mistake she made towards the end of book 1 with severe consequences for one member of their unusual team. She clearly knows she made a mistake and unlike many other protagonists, she really learns from it and steps up her game. She does whatever she can to do the right thing for others as well instead of only herself with her focus on rescuing Bell.
It makes for a nice balance between the nice interactions and the grim situations in this dark region.

The story not only follows Haven but Bell, Archeron and even Stolas get their moments as well. Stolas gets a bit more depth, there really is more to him than being the dark Lord of the Underworld.
I do love everything about this story, the world, all the different realms, the mortals and immortals lore but also every character. They all have their story and they were fascinating to follow, each and every one of them <3

I do want to mention this bit for whomever finds him-/herself struggle with the same thing:
I was a little bit hestitant at first to jump back into this story because for some reason I misread a few comments here and there and I had made some wrong assumptions about Haven’s (future) love interest. This is an enemy-to-lovers kind of love trope (although the focus is on the Fantasy aspects; the journey and the task at hand, you do spot the bantering in book 1 that can become a perfect match) but I feared she had jumped from one person to another and I seriously wanted to only ship the first one so I was relieved when I realized that this was a wrong assumption on my part and Haven isn’t shallow on that front (nor on other fronts, she really is all bark And bite lol).

I can’t wait to get to know her past, we do get a snippet here and there but not much. I really need to know everything because she clearly is not a basic human with her rosegold hair. But the void of information on that front is not annoying, it’s not forcefully held back, as I have experienced with some other books. It feels natural to only get to know more in a sequel but for my curiosity’s sake I do hope it’s revealed in book 3 lol. Recently heard this series will be 5 books in total, if all goes as planned, that is, nothing is set in stone of course. All I do know is that I need each and every one! Books 1 and 2 made my favorites shelf <3

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Another awesome book by Audrey Grey

I loved this book and can’t wait for book three. Haven is a great kick butt heroine that I can’t wait to see what happens next. I enjoyed the narrator, she did a great job!

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Close but I struggle

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Two books into this series I feel that have given it a really fair chance. I have a couple of problem I just can’t get past. No spoilers
1)I’m bored. The suspenseful moments are lack luster, the passionate moments are lukewarm. It’s missing intensity all around

2)often I had to refocus, reread or double check what I was reading bc I let thinking I had missed a chapter or even an entire book. Details that seem crucial to the story are just left for tot to infer and I just don’t understand why
3) many, many reviews compared it to
ACOTAR, that’s bc so much of the story and details are completely ripped off and not well I might add. If I had not read those books previously I may enjoy these more but it feels too much Like cheap fan fiction

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Loved loved loved

I loved this book so much! It continues right where the last one left off and just kept going from the start of the book. I loved getting to find out more about the characters and this world. There is so much going on in this stories and the characters keep going and there were a few times I wanted to smack a character but it was still so good. I never wanted to put this story down and I can’t wait for the next book. The narrator did an amazing job and I never wanted the story to end. I seriously need the next book in the series.

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What a fantastic story!!!

Loved the book. So many things are happening with in the story. I was surprised by a few twists I didn’t see coming until they happened. The narration was great. I couldn’t put the story down. Can’t wait for book 3.

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FanFREAKINGtastic!

The sequel to Oath Taker definitely doesn't disappoint! The action and humor is more prominent, but the world building is just as solid. And since there's a bit more Stolas in Curse Breaker, I'm already a happy reader! However, I will say THAT ending though!! I didn't see that part, of the already plentiful, twists coming! And I won't lie, my heart broke just a little for my favorite character. As for the narration, it was fantastic! I really liked how Vanessa Moyan pulled everything together with her narration of this phenomenal series, and brought the characters and the story to life in the way only she could.

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Break the curse... But at what cost?

Loved this audio version of the book. The narrator brought each character to life with unique voice and inflections so that you could easily tell which character the chapters perspective was coming from. This second book held more feels: happy and sad, heartwrenching loss and joyful reunion, bitter betrayal and crazy adventure. More heat as the attraction grew between Archeron and Haven. We learn more of their history and grow to love the characters as well. Lots of surprises at the end keep you wanting more!

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kinda disappointed

I loved oath taker and was anxiously awaiting this one to be available on audible. but the almost love triangle and cheesy flirt/almost sex scenes were really annoying. idk I just felt like this is an over dramatization of what it feels like to be kissed or touched on the inner thigh. I found myself rolling my eyes at last twice in the same paragraph. haven also became the most dislike character with her constant pig headedness.

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Book 2 in epic fantasy adventure series

Book 2 in the Kingdom of Runes series picks up right after the events of Oath Taker, with Haven on a dangerous mission to save her best friend and prince Bell. Boy does this girl know how to take a beating! Basically, this book was Haven moving from one dangerous, life threatening encounter to the next, with no guarantee for survival. There was heartbreak, betrayal, action, romance, confessions, hard choices, self sacrifice, and magic all tied up in one convenient book format- with a gorgeous cover as an added bonus. I loved the first book in the series but somehow the second was even better- even though I feel like my heart has been broken by the time I reached the end.

This is very much an adventure story, full of death and magic...but to me at least, this is also a complicated romance (as all the best stories are!) Haven has 2 love interests, one seen as good but is such a jerk usually, one who is all that is evil but is gentle and patient, basically mortal enemies but man do I love and root for them both. I have no idea how Haven is suppose to pick one when me, the reader, can't decide who I love more. On a side note, there were a few pretty steamy encounters along the way as well, just as a fun side note.

I need the next book asap so I can find out what will happen. The ending of this book was basically the start of a new, complicated mission with Haven smack dab in the middle of the mess- just where she keeps finding herself. This is the perfect read for anyone who likes fantasy worlds full of monsters and mayhem, the court intrigue of The Throne of Glass Series, and fans of strong characters who may not know what they want but will always do what is right.

Side note, the narrator did a fantastic job giving Haven (as well as the other characters) life. I loved listening to her read and interact with the story and I would gladly listen to her read the rest of the series as well as any other audiobook.

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  • S. Cole
  • 02-12-20

THIS BOOK IS ON FIRE!!!

This is the second book in the Kingdom of Runes series. It starts right where book one ended. Haven is still on her mission to rescue Bell. Her connection between herself, the Shade Lord and the Sun Lord are getting interesting. Vanessa Moyen did an amazing job, as always. CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!

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  • Karisma
  • 02-03-20

Omg!!!

Every time you think you know what’s happening Audrey sends you on another wild turn, I can’t wait for more!

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  • Ellen Butfoy
  • 01-23-20

Curse breaker is the 2nd in the series

The second book in the series and another great book. Haven continues where she left off in the quest to break the curse. Definitely read the first book first so that you get more in depth background of the characters so you appreciate what is happening and developing with the characters. Lots of twist and turns all I will say is looking forward to what happens in the next book could be very interesting and fun. The story and audio was good I didn't want to stop listening to it.

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  • Amy
  • 02-26-20

Curse Breaker

The main character is painful! how many times does someone have to almost die.