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

Igor Ljubuncic
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


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. -

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, 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,

Product Details

  • File Size: 1306 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VXJH8U
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, but a Little too Predictable September 14, 2012
By Richard
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This fantasy debut exceeded my expectations August 18, 2014
By johnc57
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Real life fantasy
While reading this fantasy book, I could picture all the events and characters in today’s world. People behavior during difficult times is very well described. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Nenad
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written grimdark that needs more characterization
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Betrayed is the start of a promising grimdark fantasy series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sean McLachlan
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
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4.0 out of 5 stars A deliciously dark, gritty fantasy that's well crafted and an enticing...
This wonderfully wrought fantasy is intricately detailed and full of original, unique concepts and ideas. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lucinda
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 13 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 14 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 14 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 16 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 17 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
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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, 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,

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