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The Betrayed (The Lost Words: Volume 1) Paperback – April 6, 2012
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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!
In short, a book I'd recommend, though perhaps not to a teen reader.
I was afraid I'd be wasting my time doing so, but I'm happy to say I didn't. It was a good story keeping you on the edge, I liked the intriguing setting and the pace it was going. The writing was dynamic, switching from one corner of that world to the other, but keeping it easy to follow at the same time.
On the bad side, well, I don't know but I found it difficult to connect with the characters. Normally if someone summarized me the story of say Adam the man-whore I'd have found it so cool and wanted to read more, but somehow I was left feeling just a little cold and indifferent to his fate. That applied to other characters I must say, dunno perhaps they will evolve further on in the series. Also while I know it's fantasy, I still think the trick is make it believable and a couple of findings looked a little pushed in my opinion, especially that blood bullet shooting thingy (not that it played a big role, but still...).
But overall I think it was a good read and I think I'll go on with the 2nd book sooner or later.
I got the Kindle edition from Amazon on sale for $free99 (via heads-up from the Author's blog) and used Calibre to convert it to ePub so I could read it on my Nook Touch.
The author is running a contest where you can win a Ubuntu Phone for reviewing his book(s) on Amazon, which is why I ended up reading this book sooner rather than later.
Overall, I liked the story, and some of the characters. I'll read The Broken when it comes out.
*** SPOILERS BELOW ***
There's a scene straight out of Blood In Blood Out when Miklo kills Big Al
The [call man]-turned-emperor is a bit unbelievable
Names used seemed totally random at times (Enrique, Spike, Ayrton, Armin Wan'der Markssin)
Eybalen -- I hear Eyeball-in
Some words used seemed out of place ([female dog], [Eff], hard-core, [pee], turds)
The blood-staff weapon is pretty [neat]
"I am your father" à la Star Wars
Ending seemed anti-climactic, a bit rushed
Being the authors first novel and supposed the first in a series of books The Betrayed is in any way a starter. As it is with starters, they are neither intended to nor can they feed you entirely. Their purpose is to stimulate your appetite. The Betrayed did succeed at that task and made me buy The Broken, the next book in the series, the very same day I had finished reading it.
To name some qualities of The Betrayed that appealed to me, I'd like to mention the author's sinister humor and drastic but also imaginative way to describe things. The characters, some of them reaching the very bottom of misery and ill fate, feel relevant and real. When it comes to pace the plot of The Betrayed is a fast tale, never boring or droning on self-repeating stuff.
However, one might also find a hair or two in this story. To me, some bits were too foreseeable, some ideas or characters a tad pre-loved and at times the story line felt 'jumpy'.
To sum it up, your time is well worth reading this very short book, if it were a dish, I'd call it 'quite delicious'. As a starter it leaves little to be asked. Of course, I have yet to discover whether main course and desserts to follow will turn this good beginning into a great meal.
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I haven't read a lot of fantasy books but I've found this one to be very engaging. I enjoyed the concepts behind the dieties and war. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Victoriano
The Betrayed is Igor Ljubuncic's first novel in his The Lost Words series. As a fan of his writings and muses on dedoimedo. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alexander
A great read. It's slightly reminiscent of the ever-popular "Scheme of Chairs" series. The setting is low fantasy (in quantity, not in quality), taking place in a harsh,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeffrey Fialkowski Jr.
I like it, it's a very good read and you won't be able to put it down. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing how this all ends.Published 14 months ago by Justin
I have read the author Igor Ljubunic's book.
I first heard of the author because he has a homepage where he calls him self Dedoimedo and writes some great stuff about... Read more
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Nenad
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
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?). Read morePublished 23 months ago by johnc57
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... Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Wendell