Before the Broken Star

Before the Broken Star

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721354443
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Series: Evermore Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Emily R. King is a writer of fantasy and the author of the Hundredth Queen series. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, she is a shark advocate, a consumer of gummy bears, and an islander at heart, but her greatest interests are her four children. Emily lives in northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat. Visit her at

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Before the Broken Star 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Marta Cox 9 months ago
I was in the mood for fantasy and this author had been recommended by a friend . Telling the story of Everley is like taking the reader on a journey as we are introduced to a young woman who clearly has issues and limitations. For starters she’s living a lie and hiding who she really is then there’s the fact that Everley nearly died as a child and now depends on a clockwork heart to keep her breathing ! Now you would think that’s enough to contend with but no Everley wants revenge on the cruel man who slaughtered her entire family and finally finds a way to catch up to him. As with all good stories though the task requires sacrifice and for Everley that means willingly becoming a convict and then being transported to a cursed island. I loved the beginning of this book and found myself immediately having sympathy for Everley. She knows that Killian is on the island but has no idea exactly what else she will encounter there and for the reader it was always going to be a magical tale and the author does not disappoint. Yet the sea journey was perhaps my favourite part of this story as the female convicts find themselves being married off and naturally Everley has not one suiter but two ! Her husband and any possible romance sadly seemed neglected and if I’m blunt just didn’t really go anywhere. However the reunion with Killian was designed to confuse the reader and it was done in such a way to elicit sympathy but you just know in this topsy turvy scenario that time will yet again throw more revelations into the mix. That right there is a feature of this story as Time ( yes here it deserves a capital) is a theme running throughout and even if you have serious questions about Everleys heart you cannot fail to be impressed by everything else the author throws in. Magic, mythical creatures and just ordinary greedy humans feature here with a story that is set to continue and luckily there not too long to wait. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
lostinagoodbook 5 months ago
I’m late to this party for sure. I’ve seen Emily R. King’s books on book twitter so many times in the last couple of years. How did I never pick one up? Well I’ve remedied that failing of mine, and I’m glad I did. Ms. King’s new series, The Evermore Chronicles, focuses on a heroine with a heart … well not of gold. She has a clock where a heart should be. As you can imagine that is not easy to deal with, especially when you are a young, energetic, forthright, adventurous type, as Everley Donovan is. Everley is determined to find the man who killed her family and wounded her so heinously. Stabbed through the heart, she was saved with this contraption housed in her chest. She wants answers and vengeance. This quest leads her to some incredible places and adventures. Ms. King’s writing is a dream. Easy to read, and a quick but smooth ride. She reminds me a lot of Jeff Wheeler and Charlie N. Holmberg. All three write with an enviable ease. An excellent weekend read, and the start to what is shaping up to be a great new series. This is one to check out! Song for this book: Heart Like a Wheel – Kate and Anna McGarrigle Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley
Anonymous 7 months ago
What a great start to Emily R. King’s new YA series! As a fan of her Hundredth Queen series, I couldn’t wait to pick this book up and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Before the Broken Star feels both new and familiar at the same time. The setting and characters feel like people I’ve known for years, rather than a few hundred pages. It’s a wonderful mix of colonial times and fairy tales without feeling like it’s retreading old, thoroughly explored ground. King proves her talent for world-building yet again as she paints this new world for us, giving us all of the information we need in the moment while still dangling a few carrots further down the path. And the cast of characters is so much fun. There are quite a few different (and sometimes clashing) personalities that get roped together because of their circumstances. It’s through their interactions with others that they start to become flesh and blood people. However, I wish there could’ve been more time sitting with the characters and I didn’t feel as invested in all of them by the end of this book as I feel like I should’ve. But if there was one thing I was super invested in, it was the main relationship. I don’t think my brain has ever yelled “NOW KISS!” more than it did while reading this. I was on board with the primary super slow-burn relationship from page one. LITERALLY. Every one of their interactions sizzles with potential and doubt and I loved every minute of it. Though I selfishly wish that there was more to hold onto with the couple in this book, I’m excited to see where their relationship goes next. Before the Broken Star is a solid first entry in this new series and I can’t wait to pick up the next installment.
SadiePhill 7 months ago
Thank you Netgalley and Skyscape for an edition of this book to read for my honest review! --- I was approved for the second book in the series first so I was glad when this one popped up as well! This book follows Everly who is living on borrowed time gifted to her by none other than Father Time himself. It follows Everly as she delves into this magical fantasy world in which the fairy tales children hear at night before bed are the truth. Revenge it what guides her throughout the tale even as others tell her that her need to seek revenge is misguided. I thought that King did an excellent job building this world up and the possibility of seven different realms to explore leaves a lot of possible story to tell. The revenge that guides Everly is heartbreaking and makes you feel her anguish while relating to her character and the strength she shows at each step. While the twist was somewhat expected since a true villain was needed I was glad that doubt was placed into our minds until the very last second, and then immediately ripped out our (not clock) hearts! Overall, the tale was unique and the main heroine was someone you couldn't help but want to root for. I read this book after a mini-marathon of reading and I still couldn't manage to put it down even though my eyes were exhausted!
Artemis_25 8 months ago
„Miracles are forged in the heart.“ These are Father Time’s words, a mysterious character who is starring in this book, and I think they have a true ring to them. They certainly fit the main character Everley with her clock heart because she doesn’t feel like the typical heroine. She is far more focused on revenge than saving the world and seems to be pretty cold at first. Making friends is not really her goal which reminded me a bit of Katniss Everdeen who had an equally prickly personality. Still, I’m rather fond of both of them. Everley undergoes some changes throughout the novel; blind revenge is replaced by a more thoughtful approach as she begins to question herself if the path she has chosen, is truly the right one, as the people around her become more important to her. I really enjoyed being able to observe her on her journey and to experience all her doubts with her. These doubts about the enigmatic governor Killian Markham were one of many interesting aspects about this story. I had a hard but fun time puzzling over his motives. Is he the bad guy or not? You will find out for sure somewhere very close to the end. I was quite surprised by this turn of events for sure. What I didn’t like though, were the battle at the end and all the other bigger fighting scenes. There are not that many to find in this book but it was difficult to follow what was going on. I’m not a huge fan of such scenes in general but I think they could have been conveyed in a clearer, more picturesque way that doesn’t leave me confused who is doing what. In contrast to that I loved the legends and creation stories especially the legend of Princess Amadara. I wanted to find out if there was some truth to them and how they fit into the story as a whole. And I was not disappointed. In addition to that, I like that there are still some parts left about them that are not (yet) fully revealed, or more precisely, if the “author” of the legends hasn’t somehow altered them. I’d like to find out more about that. I quite enjoyed the love story between Everley and Jamison. It doesn’t play a huge role and it is a slow-burn one. They don’t start off on the best of terms, her a convict and him forcing marriage on her, even though it turns out to be mutually beneficial to them. As the need for them arises to work more and more together they can’t help to grow closer. They often go one step forward and two steps back. I think there is a lot of potential left open for however many sequels are planned in this series. All in all, I liked all the riddles, mysteries, legends and magical things that can be discovered in this first instalment. I’d recommend this book to anyone liking fairytales about princes and princesses as well as a unique portrayal of time and some conflict about clashing religious beliefs.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I get so excited when an author I love and respect releases a first in a brand new series! And King did not disappoint with this one! The world building is vast and vibrant, the characters are fleshed out and fully realized, and the taste of mythology, fantasy, and a little smattering of steampunk had me hooked from the first chapter. The exotic setting pokes your curiosity and lures you to continue reading. I love how real King's characters feel to me, they're real and flawed and unapologetic. Waiting for their reactions to the situations they encounter is like watching amazing tv in your head. It was hard to set this book down and choose to be a responsible adult! If you enjoy upbeat, faster paced fantasy like Pirates of the Caribbean, Daughter of a Pirate King, and Immortal Plunder... this is the perfect read for you! Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.