Thursday 2 June 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Broken Crown by Amryn Cross

The Broken Crown (Narrow Gate #1)

Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Release Date: May 23rd 2016

Blurb :

Princess Emilia Aurelius was only seven when she watched her mother die at the hands of her father—martyred for believing in the God of the Atlas Empire’s Insurgo rebels. At seventeen, exiled to a military outpost where no one knows her true identity, she’s vowed to leave her royalty behind and explore the truth of the Insurgo rebels her mother loved.

When the Emperor of Atlas summons the princesses from each of the provinces to the imperial city to choose a wife for the crown prince, Emilia must leave her military life behind to join a royal court rife with cunning and intrigue. Navigating the waters of court politics and budding love are treacherous on their own, but Emilia fears for her life should anyone learn of her Insurgo sympathies.

With an unlikely ally in the captain of the emperor's guard, Emilia must uncover the truth of the Insurgos, start a revolution, and learn to become the princess she’s vowed never to be, all while protecting her heart from a prince who could sign her death warrant.

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My Musings : 

I received a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review. This in no way impacts my musings.

I was pleasantly surprised when I started the book. I was expecting the usual trope of magic wielders and action scenes but this book was a refreshing change with its emphasis on religion. On hindsight, if I had known beforehand that it was focused on religious fantasy, I don't think I would have opted to read it. This definitely shows that I have to be more open minded when choosing books.

The characters were impressive with their backgrounds and their behaviour. They were definitely more mature than their age. I loved Emilia with her inner strength and her determination. Ronan was very complex with his two sided character, that of a prince and a good guy. Felix was the one who really caught my attention with his sensitivity and his tough exterior.

The romantic entanglement among the three main characters had me a tad dissatisfied and that's because I am more likely to pick Felix for Emilia than Ronan. Emilia was torn between them and I kind of understand her dilemma because both of them are worthy because of their characters.

The world building  was seriously good with the importance of politics and religion in the book. I loved the new take and I can't wait to see how the author develops the plot and story line in the sequels. The pace was steady throughout the book and the author was able to keep my attention till the end except for a few scenes in between. The only thing I didn't like was that there weren't enough action scenes in it.

I recommend this to fantasy lovers wholeheartedly.

My rating : 4.5/5

Meet the Author : 

A tomboy with southern belle roots, Amryn Cross was born and raised in Tennessee where she learned the importance of God, family, Southern hospitality, and football. She’s loved the written word from the time she was a child, convinced the squiggly lines on top of the Hostess cupcake really spelled out a secret message.

Amryn is a proud momma to two adorable puppies–Argo and Luna–who provide lots of laughs and kisses. She is also an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy (MBT) and answers writers’ forensic questions at Jordyn Redwood’s Medical Edge blog.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds interesting and cant wait to read more about Emilia and who she allies with to aid her rebels!