About the book:
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.
The Broken Crown is kind of a modern retelling of the Book of Ruth—by the grace of the God of the Insurgos, Emilia finds herself cast into a position to potentially help this group of rebels. She’s even told by her mentor that she’s been given this path “for such a time as this.” It’s a lovely and intriguing twist on the ancient tale from the Bible.
I thoroughly enjoyed Emilia as a character—she’s been training with the military since she was rather young, so she’s tough and skilled, but she finds it very difficult to trust anyone. And life in the palace is so far removed from the life she’s lived for so long in the military outpost that her transition from warrior to princess is, at times, comical. Emilia is a fabulously multi-faceted character.
And, Felix makes me swoon a bit! *sigh* He’s a fierce protector, stoic when necessary, and always steadfast. I know that the princess is supposed to end up with the prince for a happily ever after to occur, but I do hope that when the next book finally releases, Felix and Emilia can set aside their differences and fight for each other, rather than just for the cause.
Before this book was given to me, I’d never heard of Amryn Cross. But after finishing, I will read her work again! Hope you will too! 🙂