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Book 1 of 4 in the Lost Words Series

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The Betrayed is an enticing fantasy that should prove very hard to put down, much recommended. - Reviewer's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

About the Author

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

  • Series: The Lost Words
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466323493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466323490
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,571,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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At base, a standard Fantasy tale of blood and conquest but with an intriguing look at the nature of gods and the effect of worship worked through it. The author has a strong ability to "set the scene," an important skill when viewpoints change as often as they do, here, and which serves to pull the reader into this (mostly) dirty and rough-hewn world. The addition of the detective was great, really elevated a tale that might've grown stale/predictable. Unlike some others, I've had no trouble with the names but wish the ebook I was reading had the map available for consult. Overall I'm galloping to the finish, excited by the prospect of Book 2 (which I expect to be smoother for the writer's experience).

In short, a book I'd recommend, though perhaps not to a teen reader.
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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.
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.
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(4th time I've had to write this now because Amazon not approving my review...)

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)
Frog-skin rubbers?
The blood-staff weapon is pretty [neat]
"I am your father" à la Star Wars
Ending seemed anti-climactic, a bit rushed
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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 kindle-edition of The Betrayed.

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.

Cheers
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