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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REVIEW by VICKIE:
The Crownless King - Kara Linaburg
As with The Broken Prince, I loved this story. There is so much to this story. All the feelings each character has about themselves and others has so much depth.
The characters are well-developed and it is easy to feel their emotions.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this story to all age groups. It is a fun and enlightening story.
I give it a literary rating of 5/5
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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Five Things to Know Before You Begin Creating a Fantasy World
Once upon a time a young teenage girl wanted to be like Tolkien or C.S Lewis or J.K Rowling or any of the other numerous famous authors who created vast and amazing storyworlds.
But guess what?
You are not other authors.
As much as I love Harry Potter and would love to be the next J.K Rowling, that is not my destiny.
You are you. I have my own story to tell, my own magical plot to create. I hold myself back when I choose to try and match up with other authors or do “another wizard story.”
Create a backstory.
Middle Earth is one of my favorite layered storyworlds because of how vast and detailed Tolkien made it. The language and history blows my mind as an author. I cannot even imagine having the brain to be that creative.
The key to creating any storyworld is backstory. Regardless if you choose to use all the information in your books, choose to write the backstory of your world. I spent countless hours in high school asking questions about Sindaleer, such as why did the Guardians live in a tower in the middle of the water? What celebrations and holidays and remembrances were special to the Sindaleerian folk? Who did they consider outcasts? Who did they fear? The answers to these questions eventually led to small subplots for “The Broken Prince” and “The Crownless King.”
Use real life.
I grew up on Narnian stories. One reason Narnia resonated with so many readers of its time was that C.S Lewis used real life as a base for his world. Children during wartime was something his young readers could relate to and identify with. They understood the fear and the need for courage. Don’t talk about something you don’t understand—talk about what you know. I based Sindaleer terrain off of my home state of West Virginia as well as some of Florida. I then did massive research on vikings and combined it with my love of Native American history.
Dare to be unique.
The Giver is known for helping launch the dystopian genre. After reading the book in high school, I fell in love with what Lois Lowry had done. Ms Lowry didn’t write and worry about
whether her book was current or not: she wrote what needed to be written, going on to impact many lives and creating a launching pad for the dystopian genre.
It’s easy to fall prey to the cliche. It’s easy to do what’s already been done. Jackaby from William Ritter (one of my favorite storyworlds ever created), combines aspects of Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and other popular stories into something still very fresh and unique that holds true to Mr. Ritter’s writing voice, not a copycat for previous authors.
Create what needs to be written, not what’s already been done.
Don’t rush the process.
Whether it’s about the writing process or the character creation or world building or creating a new language, always and continually ask a lot of questions and don’t rest until you find the answers. Be okay with taking your time. Be okay with not meeting goals because you have more to accomplish than first thought.
We learn until we die, and life is a journey of learning. Some people say it took Tolkien nearly 57 years to complete the creation of Middle Earth.
So in saying that, I only have 50 more years to go. ;)
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 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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