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The Broken (The Lost Words: Volume 2) Paperback – May 26, 2013

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Book 2 of 4 in the Lost Words Series

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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 award-winning website dedoimedo.com, where you can learn a lot about a lot [sic]. Before dabbling in operating systems, Igor worked in the medical hi-tech industry as a scientist. He loves writing, and has been doing so since the tender age of ten summers. You can learn more about Igor's books and award-nominated short stories on thelostwordsbooks.com.
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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: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,762,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 award-winning website www.dedoimedo.com, where you can learn a lot about a lot [sic]. Before dabbling in operating systems, Igor worked in the medical hi-tech industry as a scientist. He loves writing, and has been doing so since the tender age of ten summers. You can learn more about Igor's books and award-nominated short stories on www.thelostwordsbooks.com.

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Format: Paperback
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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The Broken is the second instalment within the lost words series, which continues the epic adventure on an impressive scale.
This wonderfully wrought fantasy is intricately detailed and full of original, unique concepts and ideas. I loved how the author draws 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. 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 fantastic as too was the medieval backdrop that lent towards a more `Joe Abercrombie' approach to fantasy.

In book 2 Eighteen years after Adam defeated the Kingdom of Parus and proclaimed himself emperor of Athesia, he dies peacefully in his sleep. When his daughter Amalia crowns herself empress and takes nobles from neighboring Eracia and Caytor hostage, the political situation in the Realms is primed to explode. Meanwhile, exiled god Damian has resumed his quest to flee his eternal prison and kill the remaining gods. With Damian renewing his murderous quest and tensions boiling over in the Realms, the conflicts breathlessly march toward an overwhelming conclusion...

The harsh, gritty realism within the intricately woven storyline and convincing atmosphere blends together to form a sensational story of depth.
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