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A Broken Queen

(The Nine Realms #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  841 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Sarah Kozloff, author of Queen of Raiders, continues her breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy series The Nine Realms with book three, A Broken Queen, and all four books will be published within a month of each other, so you can binge your favorite new fantasy series.

Time can heal all wounds, but not all wounds are visible.

Barely surviving her ordeal in Oromondo and scar
Paperback, 419 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Tor Books
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Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

To start, I have to say I’m a little disappointed with this installment, considering how strong the first two were. This one was still good but not my favorite, given the shift away from our main character to focus on some others. Pacing also took a hit as the author was clearly pulling things back, rearranging the stage in preparation for the next book, the conclusion.

The Broken Queen by Sarah Kozloff picks up not long af
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff
Check out my review of The Nine Realms series on Booktube! ...more
Lesa Divine
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2020, read-it, i-own
4 🌟
I liked book 1 and 2 much better. But hey this was enjoyable too. Now I need to read the final book I'm scared at how it'll all end. Omg.
Ryan Irwin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read such an excellent series in years. Maybe never.

Kozloff connects relationships to the plot without getting sappy or gratuitous, adding depth and realism to the story telling.

Having three daughters only adds to my delight in reading a series that highlights strong women alongside strong and honorable men while avoiding absurd love triangles or pornographic trysts.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fantasy
Even if it's well written and I appreciated the world building I couldn't connect to the characters and the story fell flat.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating as full series: 3.75 stars
I received this ARC copy of A Broken Queen from Tor Books - Macmillan. This is my honest and voluntary review. A Broken Queen is set for publication March 24, 2020.
Traveling Cloak
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Cerulia is damaged. Broken. Mutilated by the Fire Spirit incarnate that lives among the Oromondo. Forever scarred by the fireball that maimed her (both physically and emotionally), the Princella is found and brought to a house of healing, where the patients are expected to care for each other. Cerulia’s place among the wounded is only temporary, however, as she remains more steadfast than ever at creating a path to her rightful place on the throne.

She is not the only one on the move, how
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two books in this series and became very involved in the story. This one not as much. It jumped around between multiple characters without much time for development. I don't think it would be understandable if someone were starting with this one. Although the title focuses on the queen (princella), she didn't have more time than the other characters.
This edition had a chapter from the upcoming The Cerulean Queen which makes me think that one will have more of a focus.
Lois Young
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is the most character driven one in the series and it shows! I'm excited and sad that there's one book left to read, but I'll see this story to the end!

Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was on emotional turmoil reading this third installment. I was impatient and frustrated, because the Three Fates would not allow to dive right straight to what I was longing to happen. I despised Ciello. Hahaha 😂 I enjoyed the characters of Tilim, Gunnit, and Tristo. On the other hand, Cerúlia had reclaimed her throne and reunited with her foster family. Then, the Raiders had finally rid the Oros from Jutterdam. Kudos to the author for displacing me from my comfort zone. 😊

Moving on to the last
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book— VERY MUCH looking forward to the conclusion.
Art Enyedy
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Broken Queen is the third book in a four book series called The Nine Realms. It continues the story of Cerúlia, the princess of Weirandale, who rightfully should be Queen, but the evil Lord Regent Marwyck is seeking to murder her, so that he can remain in power himself. For the first two books in the series, Cerúlia was in hiding from the spies and assassins sent by Marwyck. But years have passed, and now she wants to return to her homeland and claim the crown.

There are many characters in this
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book really suffers from bloated middle book syndrome. Nothing really happens. We just waff about here and there. The focus should really be starting to pinpoint on the Queen and follow her around more faithfully. But we still have entire chapters dedicated to other characters doing absolutely nothing for the story. There's an entire chapter focused on Percia leaving the wedding party, going to her room, and then leaving the palace with Marcot. Ok? Why was this included? Why did this take u ...more
Sandy Schleich
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was just as good as the previous books in this series. I was not expecting the book to start the way it did, in the past with the queen and her brother. It made since later in the book why Cerulia’s uncle was mentioned at the beginning. I thought it was very creative how Cerulia was brought to her Uncle. I loved the way that Cerulia was brought to the island of healing for her injuries, but no one still new who she was, even her Uncle. The fact that Cerulia was required to he ...more
Franc Cassar
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So far, this has been my favorite book in the series. The pacing was a little slower, which for me was great because I felt the first 2 books kept jumping ahead to fast. Cerúlia was supposed to be physically and mentally broken, but it didn't feel like her mental state was that bad. And then her turn about happened a little to quick for me. The other thing that bothered me is the disconnection between Regent Matwyck and his son Marcot. As a reader who knows the things the Lord Regent has done, y ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Broken Queen is the third book in the Nine Realms series. While it is not my favorite one, it’s still a fine installment in what is quickly becoming one of my favorite fantasy series that I would highly recommend to any fantasy reader. This one had a bit of a slow start for me. Though I’m not sure if that’s because of the book or just because it had been quite a while since I finished the 2nd one, and so it took me longer to remember who everyone was and re-immerse myself in this world. But on ...more
Erin (thatwritergirl)
I know I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This series would make a great TV series! If Netflix, HBO, or anyone, really, wanted to adapt this wonderful series they would be doing themselves a favor. A Broken Queen was a great addition to the series. I've read some reviews that state the beginning is a bit slow, and I would agree with this, but I also think it was necessary for the story. I don't want to say anything more for fear of giving anything away, but I don't think it took anythin ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series has swept me up, I can't belive it's the author's first fantasy series. The story gripped me from the beginning, all the way through you feel for this young girl as she grows into womanhood and faces challenge after challenge. I pray cerulia gets her happy ending but the ride through the first three books has been brilliant.
I can't wait to see what happens in book four, as we learn more about the spirits in this one I wonder what will eventually happen and where all my favourite char
Lisa Brown
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The third installment of the Nine Realms series, and it starts where the last book left off, with Cerulia having barely survived the attack on Oromondo and is taken to a recovery house in Wyeland to heal, where she takes yet another name, becoming Phoenix. Meanwhile, so many other key characters from her past are being pulled together, like threads in a tapestry, helping prepare the way for her eventual return and revealing herself as queen.

I really loved this book, and I think it may have been
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Broken Queen felt a lot more lackluster than the amazingness of book 2, but Cerulia was injured and healing and, quite literally, a broken queen. It felt weird in contrast to the fierce and cunning escapades when she was with the raiders, but it still needed to happen. She needed to return to her throne and she needed to heal in order to get there.

I loved seeing the princess grow as she healed and encountered a culture even more different than the ones she was exposed to in here journey so far
Clay Harmon
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another really solid entry into the series. I liked seeing how the different gods take on more active roles in this book. Also, I loved seeing the relationship dynamic between Cerulia and Percia as it comes into conflict with certain events in the plot (won't spoil anything). Things really picked up for me after the 50% mark, which seems to be a common trend with fantasy books I've been reading lately. Also, while I wouldn't call this book filler because filler has a negative connotation to it, ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. First, the first two chapters are thoroughly enchanting. Second, the story starts to come together well. There's still the pathos that were in the last novel, especially in the fight to free the Free States, and the Oros story is getting rather trite, but they don't significantly detract from a well told story.

Unlike a lot of authors, this one is showing a real change in her hero. One simple example is the change in the name she considers for herself. While she's outwardly still using
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm delighted that I continued with this series. It's really found it's footing and this installment has been my absolute favourite so far. The stories are all coming together so nicely, the pacing is immaculate. I was hooked from the begining and didn't find any parts slow or wonky like I did in some of the prior installments. I'm thrilled we are almost done and that the story, so far, has had such a just resolution. I hope that in the final installment we see those arcs come together and get w ...more
N.V. Promise
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The action and storyline was so much slower in this book. I felt a good 50% of the book wasn’t really needed (or just didn’t do it for me). Now there were still parts that caught and kept my attention (hello raiders and palace intrigue). I don’t think the main character (and her ever changing names) was the most interesting person in the book this time around. But the first two books roped me in so I still look forward with hope to the last installment.
vicki lemrond
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome epic noveL

This is a book written in three separate books. A Broken Queen is the second book of the series. I recommend you time reading this book to end on or after April 21. (When the next book is released). This book leaves you hanging off a giant cliff . I truly wish I would have waited Great story though lots of twists and turns
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This series is so good!! I've mentioned it before but I can't get over how amazing it is to have the books in a series release in consecutive months. I love this world and the characters and I am so excited to see what happens to Cerulia in the final book.
The fourth and final book comes out April 21, 2020 so it is the perfect time to start reading.
Michelle M
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite one so far!!!!!!!!! I really liked this one, and unlike previous books, there weren't any POVs that I felt bored by or rushed through. (ok I think there was one, but it didn't come back lol). I honestly can NOT wait for the next book. I really want to know how Cerulia will take what she learned and gain her throne! May the Waters bless her!!
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can’t rave enough, but seriously, I love The Nine Realms! This series has swept me off my feet! What an amazing debut series. Cerulia are physically and mentally injured from her battle against the Oromondo Magis. Can’t wait for her to reclaim her rightful throne and get rid of Lord Matwyck. That treasonous 🤬 if you get my meaning, haha! I’m overjoyed Marcos are nothing like him!
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Sarah Kozloff has had three careers.

In the late 1970s, she worked in production on features, documentaries, television shows, and commercials in NYC.

Following a Ph.D. from Stanford University, she became an academic, teaching film history at Vassar College for 31 years.

In recent years she has re-invented herself as a novelist. Her four volume, epic fantasy, THE NINE REALMS, was published by TOR an

Other books in the series

The Nine Realms (4 books)
  • A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms, #1)
  • The Queen of Raiders (The Nine Realms, #2)
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