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Shattered Heir

(Broken Gods #1)

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  47 reviews
I’m nobody. A street rat. Human. At least, that’s what I tell myself at night.
Truth is, I’m the daughter of a God King. Ruler of the dark and twisted Otherworld where the gods are so powerful they share their souls with Guardians—demigods born to protect their God at all cost. My mother was one of those Guardians.

Being the only heir to the Otherworld throne, I saw first-ha
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Dungeon Media Corp.
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shattered Heir: A Reverse Harem Novel (Broken Gods)
by N.M. Howell
I read the updated version of this. Ms Howell updated the version and changed several things that people were not liking. I has partly though the old one and started over and I noticed the difference.
I love all her books and I must say I was not into the original addition. This revised one is much better. I found the character more likable and the scenes more realistic. A touch more romance (I don't care about romance but some do),
Marguerite (M)
UPDATE 29/09
Wait... what? The book I read is not the actual book?
So it seems that the book have been updated in ten days. I don't really know what happened and stuff, but my review if for the first version (maybe it was a draft?) and might not be relevant. But because I really disliked this book, I won't read the 2.0.

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Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
How is this a RH? There is No romance between the heroine and her guardians. They might as Well be her brothers. Ridicolous.

Also. She is so very immature. "Just spent the Day trying to save children, mothers, fathers ect....and the Chick wants to go to the mf circus?" Like wth....NO..... who the Hell does that. Get your ass to the castle and save some people - idiot.

The constant selfishness.... "Rhea you Can save the World and the people if you just accept your throne" Rhea, "NO I DONT WANT TH
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 45% I was absolutely uninterested in this story or characters. I attempted to read past the boredom thinking it’ll get really good after this slow bit... but alas it was all slow & as mentioned before an absolute bore. Glad it was free KU ...more
Jennifer G
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reverse-harem
Rhea is the heir to the Otherworld, but six years ago she ran away to hide among the humans as a street rat. Her father the King was an evil ruler, her mother died as one of his guardians, and Rhea left a world in turmoil. Now her father has been killed by her uncle, the land is at war for the crown and Rhea's guardians have shown up to return her to the Otherworld. They want her to claim her throne and restore peace to the land. Rhea agrees that peace is needed, but she doesn't see how she can ...more
Joana Veríssimo
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book was first announced as a romance and it's not, but it's an AMAZING fantasy, very character driven, which is my favorite type. Rhea is such an interesting character; she has been on the run for years and we meet her when she's thrown back into her world, we stay with her as she finds out about the new state of Otherworld and her reactions are really well done

The relationship between Rhea and her Guardians is also so well done
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book with a lot of potential to become a great fantasy series however i must admit that Rhea who is meant to be the heroine often made me feel very frustrated as she kept on telling herself that she was no one and nothing and fighting her magical powers till the very end of the book even when she absolutely needed to get to grips with that power. Her guardians who were also demi-gods and there to offer her protection also let her down when she needed them most, to get themselves captured ...more
Mia LeNae
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it

112 sighs and 197 slow breaths. Every other sentence. I wanted to throw the book but I couldn't because it's on my Kindle. Rhea was FILLED with self hate until the very last chapter of this book. She has a harem but they read more like her older brothers than anything else. Meanwhile she was tonguing down her cousin. It may change in book two but I won't ever find out. Rhea spent 24/7 being a scared kitten no sass no spunk at least nothing that was believable. I will give her a little cr
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
It was a lovely read and really fast-paced one
I LOVED the connection between Reah and her guardians,it certainly gave something to look out for and at the same time it was the thing that made me read the book because i was triggered by who will she end up with.Also i really liked that the weaker girl became at the end a strong leader.I know that it's a sterotype but i still love it.I feel like books like this one can absolutely teach us some things if we allow it to. And at the end i don't reall
Barbara Flowers
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well written, fast moving story filled with elements of fantasy, magic, and characters that beg to return in future novels. It's a story of betrayal and trust; of death, destruction, and hope; of fear and bravery, and of facing one's destiny. N.M. Howell has crafted the beginning of yet another wonderful series. I look forward to the next installment.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: d-n-f, reverse-harem
I just can’ I tried like three different times to read this but I could not finish it. The heroine is stupid and selfish and immature. Is this a book meant for preteens? That’s how childish it seemed.
I was bored out of my mind
This was a DNF for me and I don’t think I will go back to try and read again.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn't like the formatting. The large gaps between paragraphs and lack of indentation kept throwing me off. DNF
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, so glad that's over. Very long winded, with lots of filler. Heroine was weak and character development was stagnant. Skip
Angela Senft
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 35%

The sample started out promising but I can't take a chronically stupid protagonist. Rhea knows she's in danger but keeps going off on her own and getting into trouble. Even after she had been told not to. Over and over. Maybe this book gets better later. But, I couldn't take it anymore.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG I absolutely loved this book. Rhea lives on the streets of Detroit, she has made her home on a roof out of stuff she has found. She keeps to herself and is in hiding.

One night, on her birthday that all changes. Her guardians find her and she goes back home with them to find things have changed and she sees the devastation of the past six years since she left

This book is a lovely long length that you can really sink into, it's well written with a great storyline. There is humour, magic, fanta
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was not the worst thing I read. I did wish there was romance, but there was hints at it and little more.
Fayre Turne
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
The concept was good, but the writing/character development is not. Rhea is spoilt, rude, and self-deprecating. She sees the world in all its gloom and doom but through her selfishness, refuses to be the heroine that they need. This book is classified as RH but the development of romance is poor. If it's a slow burn, then well... it's a very veeeeery slow burn.

And why would the band of six visit a circus when the world is falling apart? There are hundreds of thousands of dead bodies in fields- h
Beth C.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic RH drama!!

Loved this book and I'm so happy this is a series! The whole book was full of danger and intrigue and excitement. There was backstabbing and treachery and a little fun and laughter thrown in too.
After escaping to the human realm from the Otherworld six years ago, Rhea, the princess and rightful heir, has no intention of returning. But her five guardians, Arry, Greyson, Taelor, Roan and Keaven find her and convince her to come back and see what has happened since she left and since
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Rhea fled the Otherworld after her mother died because her father was an evil tyrant. She lives on the streets of Detroit and isn't doing all that well for herself. Her guardians eventually come to her to let her know that her father is dead and she can basically fix everything if she takes the throne. The first problem is...that makes no sense. The other problem, and compote deal breaker, was Rhea herself. I actually didn't mind the whole leaving the Otherworld as soon as she had the chance. Th ...more
Tamara Tabor
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
overall, I really enjoyed this book. I wont lie, the MC did rub me the wrong way occasionally but that just made the story that much more real and relate-able. she has some serious eye candy with her and one of her men.. the tension there, oh boy! But I feel like she gave in a little to early personally to there disagreement but if I take the time to really think about it, she still needs time to develop and really become her own woman. With that being said, I really feel like this book sat this ...more
Shattered Heir the first in the Broken Gods series by N. M. Howell is a fantasy novel written in third-person from eighteen-year-old Rhea's point-of-view.

The book has a slow start and if I'm honest I thought most of the opening that takes place in the human realm could have been cut from the book completely. The pace of the book doesn't pick up much even though there are a few fights sprinkled throughout. A lot of the story is traveling, a whole lot of traveling. It wasn't terrible, but the stor
Kelly Lanae
This book had good potential with the story line, but it was too slow moving. The main character of the book grated on my nerves like no other. I get it, she’s 18 and scared to rule her people but it was like a broken record. You can only say, “I want to make peace, but will find someone else to rule,” so many times before it gets old. Not a lot of character development throughout the book, and the guardians were weak. If they’re supposed to guard you, shouldn’t they be able to kick ass? Blah on ...more
Clarisse J.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was good, okay. I wouldn't say that it was really great but it did interest me. It was enough for me to make me want to read the next book. I really hope the author would publish the next book soon cause I'm curious to know how Rhea's adventures through this series would turn out. Also, I'm curious of how Rhea's relationship with her guardians would unfold and progress. Its refreshing to see that the storyline is not focus solely on the romance. Anyway, like I said, I want to read the s ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with a young homeless girl who turns out to be a princess that is the next inline for the throne. This is a unique, magical adventure through another world that is often cruel & at war. Rhea along with her five guardians must face her uncle if the world has any hope of finding peace. And Rhea must chose whether or not to grab her destiny or walk away.

I voluntarily agreed to review this book, and was given an Advanced Reader Copy to do so.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. As in, I don't know if I liked it or I loved it.

One the one hand, it was an engaging, action packed fantasy, with a cool, powerful heroine. It didn't even have romance; just hints.

On the other hand, it took Rhea an awfully long time to come to terms with who she was, which frustrated me.

So I think I'll give this book a 4.5 star review.
Richard Goodrum
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Exiled by personal choice. Reluctant to return. Rhea is every bit a fallen hero. Will her faithful companions be able to help her overcome her fears and take her rightful place? Will they all survive?

N.M. Howell was able to keep me guessing. I like that in a story. I hope you do as well.

I was provided ARC by the author. The review is my honest opinion.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish it....25% into the book and the main character is still trying to run away and leave her guys and her people to there own end....not inspired! I was absolutely uninterested in this story or characters. I attempted to read past the boredom thinking it’ll get really good after this slow bit... but alas it was all slow & as mentioned before an absolute bore. Glad it was free KU ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Holy F*** I have never been more annoyed by a lead character!!!!! She is an absolute IDIOT and it is unbearable to watch her make the same mistakes and be so selfish and literally not learn from anything. She is so short sighted and just stupid stupid stupid.
The plot and characters had so much potential but holy Gods what a disappointment. Awful.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book despite it having the standard princess in another world, magical girl to save the world story. It appears to be heading in a reverse harem style which is concerning based on the characters beliefs and childhood. I’m thankful the author did not rush into anything, and hopeful that if continued the author will have a believable way to make things seem real.
Karen Butcher
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

I really liked the plot and characters. There were grammatical errors throughout the book. Overall I love it. I couldn't put it down. I'm patiently waiting for the continuation of the story.
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N.M. Howell is a USA Today bestselling author and all-around nerd from the Pacific Northwest. She has an obsession with coffee, spicy food, and the rain, and she absolutely hates sleeves. (Seriously, they're like little fabric prisons!) When not locked away in her writing cave, you'll likely find her either wandering the world, lost in the woods, or fighting with her micro-wolf pup over who gets t ...more

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