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The Betrayed (The Lost Words: Volume 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 388 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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It is hard to match the fervor of fanaticism. The Betrayed is the first entry of Igor Ljubuncic's fantasy series set in the Realms, as the sect of Feor enters the realm of the old Gods, and the people of the Safe Territories must band together to stop their impressive force, if they can avoid breaking down themselves. The Betrayed is an enticing fantasy that should prove very hard to put down, much recommended. - Reviewer's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

The characters in The Betrayed are fascinating people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances... This is a lightening-fast novel in which subtle political and religious messages abound. - Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

The Betrayed is a grimdark fantasy that impresses in its scope, themes and ambitious narrative. - Bookwraiths.com

About the Author

Igor Ljubuncic is a physicist by vocation and a Linux geek by profession. He is the founder and operator of the website www.dedoimedo.com, where you can learn a lot about a lot. Before dabbling in operating systems, Igor worked in the medical hi-tech industry as a scientist. He really likes to write, particularly in the fantasy genre, and has been doing so since the tender age of ten summers. You can learn more about Igor's writing on his book series website, www.thelostwordsbooks.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1306 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VXJH8U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,577 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Igor Ljubuncic is a physicist by vocation and a Linux geek by profession. He is the founder and operator of the website www.dedoimedo.com, where you can learn a lot about a lot. Before dabbling in operating systems, Igor worked in the medical hi-tech industry as a scientist. He really likes to write, particularly in the fantasy genre, and has been doing so since the tender age of ten summers. You can learn more about Igor's writing on his book series website, www.thelostwordsbooks.com.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Overall it was a good read. The parallel stories are well thought of, but some characters were more interesting than the others. I liked Armin, Mali the best. I found Adam the butcher to be a little too caricatural and plain, which is a bit of a shame since he is one of the key characters - I can relate to similar characters in other stories where they were given a similar treatment yet more depth. Without revealing the story to those who have not read it yet, I was a little disappointed by the end as well - since the tension builds up while the resolution takes only a few pages. It would have been interesting to understand the consequences of what happened in the end, but maybe that is something for Book 2 ?

While I very much enjoy Igor's style on his website dedoimedo, sometimes I had to roll my eyes when reading "The Betrayed" (the dialogs between a few characters feel a bit awkward). On the whole, it is written in a very "efficient" way, avoiding long descriptions and focusing on action. It feels like a movie script, or at least it is written in a way that makes you picture the scenes as such. Chapters are short so you end up switching very fast from one character to another - that is a very different pace from other books in the same genre.

I found the map helpful while I would have liked a more detailed one. Some locations were mentioned but were nowhere to be found, leaving me wondering where exactly the scene was taking place.

There you have it: a decent book, written in a consistent way, but one can feel that some characters get more love from the author than others, leaving an uneven impression. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for something "fresh", there is nothing quite like it. Looking forward to Book 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendell on June 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Betrayed is a grimdark fantasy that impresses in its scope, themes and ambitious narrative. Deftly juggling multiple main characters and plot lines, Igor Ljubuncic slowly creates an extraordinary world where religious ideology begets bloodthirsty wars, battles lead to sadistic violence, and the killing of humans begin to destroy the very gods. Written in a style distinctly its own, The Betrayed still reminds one of other grimdark fantasy penned by the likes of Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Paul Kearney, where even the supposed “heroes” of the story are not so very different from the “villains.”

This gripping tale begins with the invasion of the Safe Territories by bloodthirsty armies. For centuries, this kingdom of the gods has been treated as sacrosanct by all its neighboring realms, off limits to their aggressions and lovingly cultivated as a place open to all gods and all people. Criminals are sent there to be changed into better people. Those disillusioned with life go there to start anew. And everyone is governed by the patriarchs, who dedicate their lives to spreading the love of the gods to their flocks. But now the fanatical leader of the god Feor sweeps into the peaceful land, putting everyone to the sword, burning and pillaging, and seemingly determined to wipe the Safe Territories, its people and the gods themselves from the face of the world

This unexpected and barbaric attack by the Feors takes all the realms by surprise, but they quickly respond. The Kingdom of Eracia sends its own army into the northern territories, and soon Parus marches from the south into the land of the gods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnc57 on August 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In the beginning there were gods and they lived in harmony, but then one of them went rogue and basically became a bad guy (god? devil?). There was a great war and the renegade god was banished into an inescapable prison. We all saw a similar beginning countless times before, starting from the Bible and all the way to Tolkien's Silmarillion. Here is where the similarities end.

After the great war all the human nations agreed to create Safe Territories where people would worship gods and live peaceful lives without the need of a military force to defend themselves. Suddenly a new violent religion came out of nowhere with a single goal to destroy the places of worship of the gods. Their first logical place of conquest would be Safe Territories. Other nations decided to join the fun as well.

This is the first book of what seems to be a four-book series of epic fantasy. There are a lot of POVs in the book of some interesting characters the major ones being Adam - a male prostitute who ended up in a military's death squad, a former criminal Ayrton currently from Safe Territories, young brother (a monk that is, not somebody's sibling) Ewan, Commander Mali of one of the major military forces in the conflict; all of these and much more make up for an interesting cast of multidimensional characters with none of them being a pure villain, or Mary Sue.

The plot was interesting enough to suck me in and keep interested all the way until I finished the book. It definitely belongs to subcategory of grimdark fantasy, but I never felt it was dark just for the sake of being such. While it deals with some gruesome subjects, it was never too gory for me.

The final verdict is 4 solid stars with the next book of the series promptly going to my to-read shelf.
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