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When Princess Emilia was only seven years old, her mother was executed for being an Insurgo, a believer in the Christian God. At ten, Emilia was sent away to be a soldier at some far-flung outpost because she was suspected of following in her mother’s footsteps. And now, after living as a soldier rather than a princess for seven years, her father expects her to enter this “princess contest” to win the heart of the emperor’s son? It’s ludicrous! She will never fit in!
The Broken Crown by Amryn Cross was nothing other than a hidden jewel. I had forgotten the synopsis when I picked up the book to read for the review and did not know what to expect. I was immediately captivated. I read it cover to cover in one day and long for book two!
One of the things I discovered that I was not expecting is that the book is Christian. It takes place in some alternate version of medieval or renaissance Europe. The history before the beginning of this Atlas Empire, which is portrayed by the existence of the exact Bible in the real world, is accurate up until the end of the Roman Empire. Who knows what happened to the history books after that. The Biblical aspects and the persecution of the Christians The Broken Crown were fantastic and definitely added to the story.
I would compare this book to the story of Esther and The Selection Series because it has a pretty similar concept – a group of young ladies trying to impress the king/prince to marry them while contenting with assassination attempts and nation-wide struggles. Because it is so similar to those books, The Broken Crown got a little repetitive sometimes. I mean, there are only so many ways to write a multi-romantic story on a national level. However, I love stories like this even if they are somewhat repetitive. And this one had the added drama of the main character trying not to let anyone know she is a traitor, an Insurgo.
Overall, I loved The Broken Crown! I would recommend it to readers of YA Romances like The Selection Series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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