Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King (The Evermore Chronicles #1)
English | 2019 | Young adult | ePUB | 2.1 Mb
Before the Broken Star : 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-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.
Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.
“I dream of sailing and exploring like my father, but the isle is no place for people. Thousands of leagues away from Dagger Island here in Dorestand, we have heard the accounts of the settlers’ starvation and sickness and, odder, rumblings of men disappearing in the island’s dense forest. It is said the Ruined Kingdom, at the center of the isle, is protected by a curse. But the queen doesn’t believe in sorcery.
“You’re assigned to the outpost?” Uncle Holden asks. “I’ve been told the survival rate is one in four.”
“My orders are to oversee the female convicts on their voyage,” Callahan replies, shifting his weight from one leg to the other. “We embark day after tomorrow.”
“And the governor?” I ask, ignoring my uncle’s silencing look.
The lieutenant’s attention sharpens on me. “Markham’s ship departs at dawn.”
Bloody bones. The governor has been stationed overseas on Dagger Island for years. Come morning, he will be out of my reach again.
“Governor Markham paid for both chronometers in full.” Uncle Holden dusts his hands off on his breeches. “Will that be all, Lieutenant?”