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

Igor Ljubuncic
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In the ancient land of the Realms, where armies clash and heroes arise, only the most cunning and courageous can redeem a war torn land from certain annihilation. The Betrayed, Igor Ljubuncic’s epic, gritty fantasy novel, spins a searing tale of a world in the throes of war. With furious, fast-paced action and fascinating characters, this wildly inventive saga will thrill anyone who demands fantasy at the top of its game. A war is brewing in the Realms. When the new religious sect of Feor from Caytor invades the Safe Territories, the home of the old gods, Commander Mali of Eracia scrambles to counter its advance. To that end, Adam, an Eracian prostitute who awaits hanging, is spared to join the army. In the Territories, a former criminal Ayrton and his young protégée Ewan face the threat of the invaders. Can the ruthless followers of Feor be stopped, and the old faith be saved? As nations clash, old rivalries are set aflame and nothing seems sacred, sinister and ancient secrets are revealed. With wit and adrenalin, The Betrayed weaves a taut and textured landscape of warring factions, foes and allies, to deliver a full-on fantasy tale for the ages.


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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

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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, but a Little too Predictable September 14, 2012
By Richard
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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4.0 out of 5 stars THOUGHT PROVOKING GRIMDARK FANTASY 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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By Lucinda
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This wonderfully wrought fantasy is intricately detailed and full of original, unique concepts and ideas. It was instantly evident how the author has drawn inspiration from many highly recognizable writers of this genre; namely the legendary mythmaker JRR Tolkien {who embodies classic fantasy fiction} to the more modern, contemporary slants such as works by Brooks and Luke Skull. The delicately woven plot is richly evocative and packed with fervent intensity that's acutely magnetic and wonderfully dramatic. Fast-paced and action packed, the sweeping storyline kept me sat in suspense throughout with the thrilling dynamic events leaving me breathless. A character-driven narrative through-and-through, the human-centred storyline is one that speaks to the soul with truism and which captures the essence of humanity on the page. The gritty, rawness to this brutal tale was a surprise as too was the medieval backdrop that lent towards a more `Joe Abercrombie' approach to fantasy {rather than the classic Wizards/ magic etc.}.

In the ancient land of the Realms, where armies clash and heroes arise, only the most cunning and courageous can redeem a war torn land from certain annihilation...
This searing story is furiously fast-paced, pulling you into a remarkable tale of fascinating characters and inventive conception.

Igor Ljubuncic's sensational debut novel is an impressively ambitious work of scope and substance, and a full-on fantasy story that appeals to all ages. By deftly interlacing parallel plots, Igor forms a layered tale that transcends boundaries by entwining characters, settings and action into one extraordinary and majestic masterwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ineresting and Evolving from different angles Adventure
In total it is very well written and thought threw book. The author didn't spend much time on empty description or long conversations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Perepelitsky Boris
3.0 out of 5 stars The Betrayed and the lost words.
The Betrayed has been meticulously crafted with characters that come to life in the 384 pages. Yet how many pages must one read, before the author grabs a readers attention and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Diefenbach
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
For a first book, I would subjectively say that it is a fair trial. Talent and imagination is definitely there.
Published 6 months ago by Poulichet Alain
4.0 out of 5 stars A good debut of a talented writer
A solid fantasy story. There are several story threads that take their time to develop and merge in unpredictable ways in due course. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prof Ed U. Cate
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining
I enjoyed The Lost Words volumes 1 & 2 with their rich interweaving sets of story lines. I thought the quality of writing in volume 1 started off a little rough, but then soon got... Read more
Published 7 months ago by tod
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining read!
This is a really fun read. I am looking forward to reading the next installment: "The Broken." I enjoyed the multiple, complex story lines that interweave throughout this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christopher Ledbetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and gripping.
An original and gripping story. Each thread of the story is facinating in itself. Together they make a great read.
Published 10 months ago by Zvi Hatzav
5.0 out of 5 stars black and white mixed with sword of truth
Bought this book last year and a month ago finaly found some time to finish it... At first it was hard to start, then game black and white came to my mind - playing gods and wars... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Uroš Golob
4.0 out of 5 stars Time well spent
I got stumbled over this piece of writing while reading Igor Ljubuncic's blog at dedoimedo.com. Being an old friend of fantasy literature I did not hesitate long and got myself the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely built fantasy book
I must say I'm no avid fantasy fan so I took this book on just because I knew the author and his writing from his cool tech site. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Asriel
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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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