Series: The Evermore Chronicles #1
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.
Before the Broken Star is the first book in the Evermore Chronicles and introduces us to Evelyn Donovon, a young woman living on borrowed time. She is the only survivor of her family’s brutal murder and lives for the day when she might meet the man responsible and see justice is done. She’s headstrong, determined, and owing to the company she chooses to keep, ends up on a penal colony on a cursed island.
There is a nice mix of magic and legend as Evelyn discovers that she, alone, can help uncover the centuries-old secret of the island.
I found Before the Broken Star to be an easy read. The worldbuilding was good and the plot was well-thought out with a couple of good twists. I prefer characters with a little more depth, but that didn’t deter from my enjoyment.