The Legend of Broken

Carr, Caleb

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The Legend of Broken
"Some years ago, a remarkable manuscript long rumored to exist was discovered: The Legend of Broken. It tells of a prosperous fortress city where order reigns at the point of a sword-even as scheming factions secretly vie for control of the surrounding kingdom. Meanwhile, outside the city's granite walls, an industrious tribe of exiles known as the Bane forages for sustenance in the wilds of Davon Wood. At every turn, the lives of Broken's defenders and its would-be destroyers intertwine: Sixt Arnem, the widely respected and honorable head of the kingdom's powerful army, grapples with his conscience and newfound responsibilities amid rumors of impending war. Lord Baster-kin, master of the Merchants' Council, struggles to maintain the magnificence of his kingdom even as he pursues vainglorious dreams of power. And Keera, a gifted female tracker of the Bane tribe, embarks on a perilous journey to save her people, enlisting the aid of the notorious and brilliant philosopher Caliphestros. Together, they hope to exact a ruinous revenge on Broken, ushering in a day of reckoning when the mighty walls will be breached forever in a triumph of science over superstition."--Dust jacket.

Publisher: New York : Random House, Inc., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1400062837
Characteristics: x, 734 p. :,map ;,25 cm.


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Oct 23, 2013
  • Knitwit50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Okay, I know this book is way to long and way too complicated but I loved it. Imagining a completely different world and scribing it to paper is a rare talent. I loved the characters and once hooked reveled in the length of the book-I didn't want it to end.

Aug 22, 2013

I picked up this book, having long ago read and enjoyed 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness', assuming it would be similar. Boy, was I wrong. According to the author's notes, this book was almost 3 decades from inception to publication. I wish he had given up writing it and that I had given up reading it before completion. I agree with the other comments about the "notes" and the invented words. Overall, the plot was uneven and the conclusion seemed forced (perhaps by those three elapsed decades?). I would not suggest this book to anyone, and I resolve to look at the jacket blurbs of any book I check out from now on.

Jul 11, 2013
  • Fallennova rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good book but creative words make it slow and a slight bit hard to read. But in overall it's a good book.

Feb 20, 2013
  • Robert J. Webster rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Not a bad story idea but the author has made up way too many words then uses 100 pages of story notes at the end of the book to explain the made up words. Really slows down the story.


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