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The Broken Crown

(The Narrow Gate #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published May 23rd 2016 by Trouvaille Books
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Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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Actual rating: 3.5/5

In The Broken Crown we have the story of religious persecution by the Emperor and those who serve him, reminding me a lot of the early days of Christianity. Anyone caught practicing the religion of the Insurgos is put to death. One girl will try to change it all and fight to allow everyone to worship their own God.

Emilia is my kind of heroine princess. She's strong in so many ways; physically, mentally and in s

4.5 “I will go down with this ship” STARS

For you, dear friend, who is old enough to remember “White Flag” by Dido, I bet that song is playing in your head right now. Well, it played in mine repeatedly while I was reading all about my new fave YA Fantasy ship, Emelix, or is it Femilia? Ship names, here I come.

So, in case you’re wondering, no... “The Broken Crown” isn’t a YA Romance, but that didn’t keep me from falling down that hole when I met Felix!



It might not seem like it from the way
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**I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

WOW! This book was great! It was exactly what I wanted it to be! Take the bachelorette premise of The Selection but add to it the political intrigue and amazingly strong heroine of Snow Like Ashes, and you've got a great historical-fantasy story!

What I really loved about th
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Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I want Felix to win emilia I think?? So here’s the deal there: I am torn. I didn’t appreciate what Ronan did by not doing anything. But to his defense it would have accomplished nothing but being put in a box. He did though arrange for Emilia to get away so that gives him points. Ronan does love her in his own way and will make a great King the question is is he right for Emilia? Now I like Ronan he reminds me of Maxon in the selection. In fact at first I was reminded of The Selection. We have 1 ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
-ARC kindly offered by YA Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review -

Despite the plot that reminded me a bit Selection - series that I did not appreciate especially as you know from my reviews on it - I wanted to try to read this story from the traits a little dramatic. political intrigue, religious conflicts, love and war are mixed to create The Broken Crown following the events of princess Emilia Aurelius. I saw die, through her eyes innocent of child, the mother to her father
Rita Mariani
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
3.7 stars.
i. LOVE. felix

"Yes, I want to scream, I am the tainted princess with the broken crown and the broken heart. Nothing to see here. Just move along."
Leslie Latchaw
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very Good Book

This book kept me interested all the way through. It has a strong female character with a faith in God and Jesus, even though the names are different. It was nice to read a book with no sex, no curse words and with Biblical scriptures. It lagged at times, but not often. There are enough action scenes to keep you reading.
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book brought back so many memories for me! Anyone else grow up reading The Princess Academy and absolutely wished they could be part of that? The Broken Crown follows Princess Emilia who watched her mother get executed for worshipping the rebels' God rather than following the religious cult that dominates the other kingdoms. She was exiled by her father to grow up in a military camp where she is trained and grows the believe in the faith that killed her mother. Then she is summoned by the E ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!

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May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Princess Emilia is not a typical princess and her life is not as charmed as one would expect. After witnessing her mother’s execution for believing in a forbidden God, Emilia is exiled and lives among common men where she learns to fight as a soldier. Struggling with her own devotion in the God of her mother, she wishes to aid the cause of the Insurgos who are ruthlessly killed for simply worshipping Him. Soon enough princesses are called to the Emperor’s palace in order to find a wife for his s ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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First of all, I want to mention that this is Christian-based fiction in the sense of the Insurgos are Christians. It does not, however, shy away from a little romance and violence. I wanted to throw that out there at the top because while I didn’t mind it, I was still surprised when I got into it. That was not completely clear to me in the description.

This book reminds me a lot of “The Selection”, which has some pros and cons. Emilia has to compete with other girls in the castle to try to win ov
Cassie James
The Broken Crown is spiritual, magical and wonderful. I enjoyed myself immensely reading this, I had so much fun. It might not have magic in it but the words are magical, This fantasy book touched my heart and I felt a bond with it. I love Emilia, She's kind, strong, thoughtful and the fact the she depends on God in most things in her life inspires me. I evaluated myself after reading this book and I have been trying my best to have the honorable characters portrayed by Emilia. Her strength both ...more
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Novels about faith and sacrifice for religious belief (esp Christian faith) are rare in YA fictional world. We have enough Greek & Irish mythology, fairies and daeities, magic and urban legends to satisfy our imagination that i think this is something different to give the series a chance.
I hope the author won't let the heroin and heroes in this novel lose their soul and their wonderful characters in the books to come nor its strong and rich world and its conflict...rather give it an exciting j
I just wanted to take a moment to thank Sara from YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book for my honest review. I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was very interesting between the politics that were involved and the roamces that was presented. The poltical structure was one of my favorite parts within this book due to the different kingdomes and their dynamics for the overall empire. The compotition for the Prince was not always at the forefront of this book ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF 63%

I stopped for a little while, hoping to continue later on and it would magically be better XD But of course it does not work like that. I just really don't like this story. It is all kind of lame and predictable.. Even though it has multiple interesting ideas, it just doesn't work together and all gets kind of dull. The characters aren't interesting and very superficial.. and the whole God thing is not my cup of tea. I really dislike how she acts like her religion is better than the other
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

I received this galley from YA Bounds Tour for an honest review, and would like to thank them and the author for sharing

There are many aspects to this book making it an interesting read. The princess who can decide where she fits in and a secret that could get her killed. The story does include many religious undertones, but I do not think this is really something that takes away from the book. In fact I liked it for that reason also.

There are not many fantasies that can include a religious asp
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