Book Review – Before the Broken Star by Emily R King

before the broken star.jpgA fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.

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It took me a while to settle in to this book but it goes from strength to strength. I was really unsure for a good quarter of the book but I think that’s the world building and getting to know our characters.

I loved Everley early on, her fire is so good. I normally don’t love a revenge plot, but I like that here it sort of works and ends up being a sub plot. Also the way the story moved from being about Everley to about Markham is very clever. And the myth weaving through reality is always a great plot device for me. It feels so magical.

I also loved the girls, even Harlow, as they are not your typical YA fantasy woman. They are all sneaky and underhanded with their own agendas. In fact Everley is probably the closest to typical in this book.

The romance is fun too, because it’s both the point of the story and not the focus of it. Which makes sense when you read it, i promise. The relationships Markham, in particular, has are so integral to the story and seeing them through the myths and through Everley’s eyes lends them a fairytale feeling that you wouldn’t get from another POV. I’m also looking forward to more of Everley and Jamison, the slow burn there is turning out to be pretty fun!

By the end, I was full on loving this book and can’t wait to start book 2!

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Buy Before the Broken Star from Amazon UK.

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