YA Review – The Crownless King

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The Crownless King
(The Broken Prince #2)
By Kara Linaburg
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
September 1, 2020

She won’t meet her worst enemy on the battlefield…

War is brewing and the kingdom of Sindaleer is torn as the Knights of Norcir draw the folk to their side. When Sabriel, a specially Gifted, pledges her blood to their cause, she is ready to give all to bring the peace her leader promises. She understands Tirich’s deep hatred toward the king, and has prepared for this moment all her life.But when her identity as a knight is discovered by the childhood friend who betrayed her years ago, Sabriel’s plans for justice come toppling down. Now distracted by what once was, Sabriel fights to hold onto what she’s believed to be true for so long.

Nick never forgot the red-headed lass of years past, but she’s not the friend he remembers. As enemies connected by their past take opposing sides on their country’s freedom, Nick refuses to believe what she’s become.

Voices warning Sabriel she’ll never succeed, and loyalties torn, she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. Tirich’s power is growing stronger, and she fears she was wrong about the good she once saw in him.

The concluding book following The Broken Prince, reminds us of the inner war we all face, and what it means to rise from the ashes when all hope feels lost.

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My Review

Linaburg, Kara. The Crownless King. 2020.

Friends need to stand up for each other – even then they don’t approve of the path their friend is on. Friends play a big part in the plot of The Crownless King. The question is – who is being a good friend. 

Kara LInaburg has continued the fantasy story she started with The Broken Prince. Her writing shows a lot of depth. Her note at the end tells just how much the themes of both books came from her life. The Gifted is further defined in The Crownless King – readers learn more of the gifts and their extent. That is something I felt was a bit lacking in The Broken Prince, so I was happy to see that. 

I appreciated the list of characters at the start of the book. The Crownless King starts with a different cast of characters than The Broken Prince. Eventually readers will be re-introduced to most of the characters from the first book. It was nice to see the relationships in the list LInaburg provided. I highly recommend reading the books in the order they were written as the story is a continuation.  

While the ending of the book is satisfying, there are enough mildly loose ends that leave room for a possible book 3 – but I don’t know if one is planned. 

Potential Area of Concern

The book does contain many references to sending someone to Hades or Hell. There is also some of what I consider British swearing. Parents and librarians will want to decide for themselves if they want their teens reading the books. 

Other than this area of concern, I think that teen fantasy lovers will enjoy The Crownless King. I know I did. I would probably add it to a K-12 Christian School library.
I want to thank Prism Book Tours for the complimentary e-copy of The Crownless King. This is my honest review.

Other Books in the Series

The Broken Prince
(The Broken Prince #1)
By Kara Linaburg
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 217 Pages
June 3, 2019

In all the fairy tales the maiden falls in love with the prince…but she has to remember that this isn’t a fairy tale…

Born into a kingdom where those of magical Gifts are rejected, feared, and even killed, Serena has spent her life striving to hide her ability and keep her younger brother safe.

The bastard son of the hated king and father he hardly knows, Prince Milosh is considered an outcast. He never expects to feel anything but contempt for the peasant girl who unexpectedly shows up in his life, forcing him to answer questions he never wished to ask.

When two very different worlds are thrown together under less than desirable circumstances, both hold deep judgement towards the other. But will they learn to see beyond their stations and birth so that they may defeat the coming darkness, or will labels given to them at birth continue to define them?

A heart-stopping tale about the power of human love, and how each of us are never truly alone.

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About the Author

Kara Linaburg is most content sipping an iced chai while watching the sun set over the mountains of her home in West Virginia. When she’s not dreaming about her next adventure or being a mad scientist in the kitchen, you can find on http://www.thebeautifullybrokenblog.com where she strives for authenticity and beauty in a broken world. The Crownless King is her second novel.

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