Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Tour: "The Broken Crown" by Amryn Cross


The Broken Crown (Narrow Gate #1)
by Amryn Cross
Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Release Date: May 23rd 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

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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About 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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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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