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Book 2 of 3 in the Lost Words Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481913026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481913027
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,457,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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, thelostwordsbooks.com.

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The main difference from the first book is that it is bigger.
Doron Peretz
Life: love, goodness, greed, cowardice versus outstanding courage and vengeance is all strong themes within this novel that are explored.
Lucinda
Igor does a wonderful job at describing the world and the characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marvpel on August 25, 2013
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While "The Betrayed" told a quite long story spanned in few pages, this one is a short story diluted in 800 pages.
In my review of volume 1 I said it lacked details and was too much focused on action. "The Broken" definetely provides all the details i was looking for, but it does it in a tricky way. The thickness of this book is not provided by the number of descriptions, but merely by their reiterations. Let's take, for instance, Amalia's character: every chapter focused on her point of view describes her as an insecure person. And it's cool having a 'real' personality, with all the fears, concerns and frailties. At first. Then you realize that every chapter reiterates these descriptions and doesn't add anything to the plot. At the same time, some of the characters don't have any in-depth, like Councillor Stephan, who has not done anything at all for the whole book, leaving the sensation of a potential waste.
Igor does a great job when he have to describe 'dark' personalities (Sergei is marvellous) but he needs to show the same love and attention while describing passive characters or the show can't stand on its own.

In the last chapters, "The Broken" finds its roots, bringing back all the action and the fun typical of the previous book, with the addition of proper details. I've enjoyed these last few pages very much and they are the perfect example of what this book should have been.

"The Broken" fixes its predecessor's faults, but doing this, it introduces some new weak spots, losing the original freshness and giving the feeling of being a bit more 'generic'. Still, altough I may have sounded a bit harsh during this review, i liked it and it deserves attention nonetheless.
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Adam the Butcher (he was not a very nice guy, thus the nickname) practically created an empire of Athesia by cutting chunks of neighboring kingdoms Eracia and Caytor. He also managed to give peace to all mentioned kingdoms and nice mutually profitable trade. The trade and Adam's reputation kept his neighbors in check. The story starts with Adam's death. His young daughter now has the responsibility to maintain his legacy, but Eracia, Caytor, and southern kingdom Parus suddenly recalled all of the old grievances and see a good chance of getting even. Lots of wars - small skirmishes and large-scale invasions follow.

The first book ended with what I thought a cliffhanger. This one starts 18 years later with practically no explanation of what happened in between. To my complete surprise I did not feel cheated as all the answers were given later by tiny bits; this was masterfully done and I really cannot recall anybody else doing this so successfully.

The characters - while interesting and none of them being black and white - for some reason failed to make me care about any of them, with one sole exception. A particularly interesting example of why it happens would be Adam's widow. She abdicated the throne essentially forcing her young and inexperienced daughter to plunge into cut-throat politics right away. One might think she would at least provide some counselling to her, but she can easily win the Most Useless Person of the Year award in this department.

As to my overall impression of the book it would be summarized in a short sentence: this is exactly what Brandon Sanderson's second book of Mistborn trilogy was.
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Writing this review without spoilers may have been the most difficult literary feat I have preformed in months. You really have to read this book to understand why I love it, my words cannot begin to explain the complexity and resonance Igor has wonderfully managed to bring to life on the pages of a book who's very title resonates in every chapter.

"The Broken" was an incredibly captivating read, and Igor Ljubuncic's characters and world allows me to indulge both of my literally habit, both being so captivated in a book that I barely even think deeper than the words on the page, and then reading it again and analysis the characters and plot worst than an asylum-ready over-obsessive detective solving a murder.
Continuing from the Betrayed theme of incredibly realistic characters and blending it with further depth and back-story, the dark characters range from depth-filled and over-analyzable to bluntly simplistic. The characters personalities feel completely realistic in their context, and the world the live in only serves to reinforce this. The characters and the world truly resonated with the word "Broken".

The way the story is written is a style that I've seen very few times in books, but whenever I read books written in a true perspective fashion, I fall in love with them. Books such as the "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "Fallen" series - I believe The Lost Worlds to be a skim on the surface of Igor's budding talent.

A truly rewarding read, the different perspectives on the world and it's characters are, while sometimes repetitive, realistic and wonderful.
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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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