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Before the Broken Star By Emily R. King

A 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.


Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King is fantastic. If you have not read an Emily R. King book yet, then you are missing out. I absolutely adored The Hundredth Queen series. I was super excited to dive right into Before the Broken Star.

Everley Donovan lost everything when she was only seven years old. Ten years later Everley sees the man that murdered her family show up at her place of work. Thought she was not recognized, it stirred something in Everley. She needed to complete her task for revenge. The first thing you notice about Everley is she comes across as very timid. I started to think whether or not this girl was actually going to be able to follow through on her revenge plan. Though she may be timid, she is definitely determined. I love how she seemed to grow with each passing chapter.

When Everley pleads guilty to crimes that she did not commit, she is sent to the penal colony. This colony is where the woman are partnered with the men and are married to expand the queen’s kingdom. Before they reach the colony, any man working on the ship has an option to marry a woman and stay at the colony. Everley ends up catching the eye of the doctor who would like to marry her but then the Lieutenant jumps in because he promised her uncle to look after her.

Now being thrown into a marriage she doesn’t want, Everley has to figure out how to carry out her revenge without telling her new husband what she is up too. On this journey, Everley starts to make friends even though she tries her hardest to stay away from everyone.

I really liked Before the Broken Star. I really enjoyed Everley’s growth in the story. King really knows how to draw a reader in and get them hooked. This story was so enjoyable to read. I read the entire thing in a few short days. King really makes you have that “Seriously?!” moment. I can’t believe I have to wait for the next book because I really want it right now. King is such a great writer. I think anyone would enjoy her books because they are so fun and the characters are so easy to like. She just has a special way about her writing.

About the Author:

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.

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