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Before the Broken Star

(The Evermore Chronicles #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,060 ratings  ·  524 reviews
A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
In the beginning, there was no time, and no man or beast walked the world. Where the ocean met the land, an ivory mare was born, her mane crafted from sea-foam and her body from barnacles. She was the Creator, goddess of all conception and supreme ruler of seven worlds

This book was pretty awesome! I love Everley, who has a clockwork heart because of evil things.

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We have wooden soldiers, pixies, elven, pirates, bad @rse women, and so much more! This was a fun book and I look
3 Stars!!

“I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world.”

Everley lives on borrowed time. The only survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she has been gifted- will not last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how little time she has, and quickens her quest to expose Killian, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for de
Kathryn Purdie
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An epically drawn fantasy, complete with a strong cast of females, high seas adventures, a mysterious island, and an awesome original mythology that ties into everything, as well as a girl with a clockwork heart. Emily R. King's imagination, plotting, and characters blew me away! Highly recommend! ...more
Paul E. Morph
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I'll start by saying that I loved Emily R. King's incredibly fertile imagination, particularly the creation of a protagonist with a clock for a heart; I loved that. I also really liked her deep dive into British folklore for some of the mystical creatures she uses. So, so far so good...

Unfortunately, this book had some flaws that I struggled to get past. I'm not overly fond of the use of present tense in fiction; it lead to the narrating protagonist knowing stuff that she shouldn't really have k
Marta Cox
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
I was in the mood for fantasy and this author had been recommended by a friend . Telling the story of Everley is like taking the reader on a journey as we are introduced to a young woman who clearly has issues and limitations. For starters she’s living a lie and hiding who she really is then there’s the fact that Everley nearly died as a child and now depends on a clockwork heart to keep her breathing ! Now you would think that’s enough to contend with but no Everley wants revenge on the cruel m ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read. Quite interesting, expanding the motif of time. To me, it went to a similar road as Everless by Sara Holland.
Everley lives on borrowed time, she is the only survivor of her family and she has a mechanic heart to keep her on track.
Even though there are some similarities between the two books, this one turns to a whole new experience when Everley ends up in a colony on a cursed island where she has to marry and build a new world.
A quite fascinating book, definitely worth seeing h
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.5 Tick Tock Stars****

I love when I pick up a book that grabs my interest immediately during the weekend! This way I can snuggle on my chaise and not have to close the book for more important things. I devoured this book and couldn't get enough of these characters.

This was a perfect fantasy that included a ton of female heroines, love interest, bravery, sadness and so much more.

I can't wait to read the next installment of this series!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a marvellous mix of magic and adventure, with an heroine that is strong-willed and has an enormous heart for those she loves. I absolutely loved all the characters (and hated the villainous ones). The misadventures bring her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where everything she knew will be questioned.

Many thanks to Amazon Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
How in the WORLD is this the same author of The Hundredth Queen series?! I loved this and immediately ordered the rest of the trilogy. ALSO...the under dustjacket is so beautiful! The cast and plot and drama and twists and everything was great.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
“I believe in monsters. I have seen them take and destroy, suffocate and shred, every sliver of light in the world.”

Everley Donovan shouldn’t be alive. When she was a child, a man murdered her family and left her for dead, and she only lived by the ingeniously crafted clockwork heart that now resides in her chest. Everley is wrongly convicted as a criminal, and is sent with other convicts to colonize a cursed island. But Everley has a chance at her revenge, as the governor of the cursed isle is
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rather disappointed tbh, I loved the idea behind this book, and I enjoyed the first 40% but after they reached the island the book just fell flat for me, everything was wishy washy, had no depth, I lost my interest in the characters, I couldn't even care less if they all died.
I read the whole book I didn't DNF which is a bonus, but it's left me feeling meh. Won't be reading the sequel and this won't be a re read.
The Nerd Daily
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell

Before the Broken Star is a story of revenge, love, and redemption. Everley Donovan was given a second chance at life when she was given a new clock heart and she’s spent every minute of it seeking revenge for the lost of her family and her innocence. This story was full of adventure, budding love, and strong friendships. Everley was only seven years old when her father’s expedition partner came to her home in the night and slaug
May 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Pitched as a dark re-imagining and gender swap of Pinocchio, in which a swordswoman with a clock heart races across the high seas to avenge her family's immortal murderer before she runs out of borrowed time.

Can I get a hell yes? Oh and it's currently only 99p kindle / £3.99 paperback on Amazon as part of their First Reads program. Who doesn't love a bargain?
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy via the publisher from Netgalley for an honest review.

Wow.....just, wow! This novel I think is an all new level of amazing and something that I completely did not expect, but entirely in a good way. Emily introduced an incredibly amazing, whole new world that just sucked me in and kept me completely guessing. Tying some amazing mythology, religious beliefs (in the novel, not preaching), and some fantastic bad ass women with a steampunk flare! This was a whole new amaz
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This was a fun, quick read about family, vengeance, and legends come to life set against the backdrop of the seas and a haunted island.

Our MC, Everley, is a rather prickly sort, but you can't help but get caught up in her quest for vengeance, the mystery of why her family's murders came about, and who she can trust as allies along the way.

I loved her "streetwalker" friends - Vevinia, Claret, and Laverick. They are cunning and funny. Quinn, a young thief, is adorable. And Blue, well, I don't wan
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Interested Enough For Next Book

I loved the first half of this book. The second half got a bit too fantasy for me and had more descriptions than action or dialogue that slowed things down. The author did a good job of introducing me to characters and giving them distinct traits and personalities which helped me remember them. The story felt original and new. I started out listening to the audio book but switched not too far in because I liked reading it better than listening to it. I am intereste
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars
Everley Donovan lost everything when she was seven years old. The man who murdered them showed up in the clock shop she worked at ten years later and renewed a stronger vengeance within her. She seems like a fragile little girl when he is there. She failed to take action, frozen in fear. But then, within a chapter, she shows us her truer colors. She walks in the underbelly of society, fights, and when she is captured, she pleads guilty to crimes she hasn’t committed in order to find h
Cassie James
Before The Broken Star is a new series from the amazingly talented Emily R. King and it's a new masterpiece.
Everly Donovan's family was murdered when she was younger by a traitor thought to be a friend. She would not have survived her family's slaughter if not for her Uncle finding her after a sword had been thrust in her chest. Her uncle Holden miraculously saved her with the help of some sort of clock heart and Father Time (a God, I think, Evie didn't really know the details).
Disguised as his
*Source* Kindle Unlimited
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Before the Broken Star is the first installment in author Emily R. King's The Evermore Chronicles. Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy ad
This was a fun story full of surprising twists and turns. It's quite a quick read so if you're in the mood for some fantasy I would recommend this. ...more
Calvin Park
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There are some incredibly engaging and complex concepts in this one. I particularly enjoyed the clockwork heart that the main character has and the way in which that has repercussions on the way she lives her life and moves through the plotlines of the story. Unfortunately, this is marred by some significant flaws in characterization and believability at points.

As I already mentioned, the MC in this story, Everley, has a c
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and highly imaginative story. I really enjoyed Callahan. I feel that Everley did him wrong at the end. It seemed he constantly fought for her trust. It’s hard to determine who is good and bad in this book.I do hope Everley and Callahan stay together.
Breny and Books
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you were like me, after reading that book summary you are just like, Woahhhhh 🤯✨🤩😱

This book had soooo much potential! I have to be honest and say I didn’t finish it because… you’ll see. Anyways, the first chapter of the book is SO good! That was what made me even say I was in love with the book before I even finished reading 10% of it. The prologue of the book starts with a description of how the world was created by a goddess and the ”creator”, mythical gods the people worshiped…ok, I guess
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It's a fantastic mix of both pirates and adventure and magic and fantasy. I know the author doesn't want it to be described as Steampunk because she doesn't want people to be disappointed. However, I thought it was the perfect mix of steampunk and high fantasy and mythos. This book isn't even out yet and I'm itching for book 2! ...more
Sharon Rios
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily R. King has done it again. She has taken me from the hustle and bustle of my every day life into a magical world of adventure and suspense. Before the Broken Star is yet another work art by Emily R. King.
Katherine Paschal
**Review can be found at **

As the only family member left alive, kept that way by the clock work heart her uncle used in place of her ruined one, Everly dreams of revenge. When the man who murdered her family, the most respected soldier in the queen's army, reappears in her life, Everly know this may be her only chance for justice and answers. Even if it means being sent to a mysterious penal colony as a criminal, never to see her old life or uncle again.

Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

This book was a pleasant surprise for me. It sounds sort of like a fantasy novel, but there were little things about it that truly made it stand out. But let's talk about what was typical about it. Well, it's a semi-standard fantasy world that's sort of like 18th century England with a female character who doesn't fit the time. Everley felt like a girl from the 21st century
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR by Emily R. King, and I absolutely adored the main character, Everley!
She is such a beautifully developed character! She loves fiercely, protects unflinchingly, and fights for what she believes in with everything she’s got! I can’t wait for everyone to read her story!
The book itself is an absolute delight! The world is captivating, unique, and bursting with magic. There’s lots of wonderful little Pinocchio references that readers will enjoy an
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019

Source: Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts are my own.

3.5 stars.

I haven't read The Hundredth Queen series yet (although I'm dying to) but when I got the chance to read and review King's latest novel, I couldn't say yes fast enough.

King's writing is lyrical and melodic. Sometimes too much so - in the first chapter, the sentences are unnecessarily purple prosy and hard to read - but generally the writing is beautiful. I also like h
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Opening line:

"In the beginning, there was not time, and no man or beast walked the world."

So many different stories going on in this story! Clockwork heart, lost prince, sleeping prince, Oz-like forest, wicked witch, wooden soldiers, Father Time, pirates, and fairy dust. Such a different take on so many fairy tales.

Everyley Donovan watched her family be slaughtered. She alone survived, just barely. When she woke, her clock master uncle had given her a new heart--a clockwork heart. Bent on reve
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Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her ...more

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