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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: #1,635,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked this book. At first I was taken aback cause I was expecting the story to continue right where the first book left off, but once I got over that I must say I enjoyed it. While I had complained about feeling indifferent towards most characters in book 1, I must say that changed in this book, so combined with the good plot and nice pace it made for a good read. Perhaps someone would expect and prefer that some threads found a closure, but that's book series for you and I must say it creates the premises for an explosive 3rd book. I'd have given it 4 and 1/2 stars if possible since I think it's better than The Betrayed.
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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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Reading the first book (The Betrayed) I was unaware that it is planned as a series, so I was confused with some seemingly unfinished plots. The Broken is built on those plots so people should read the first book.
This book has several story arcs that intertwine, characters are well developed, but luckily there are no unnecessary and long descriptions of nature and stuff that is a problem with many fantasy books. The dynamical jump between characters and story arcs makes this book hard to let go and forcing you to read just-one-more-page.
The story culminates, but it leaves a lot open, making us wait for the next book (hopefully not for very long).
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This was a very good read. This book was very action packed and informative. The author, Igor Ljubuncic, does a wonderful job describing the world that this book takes place in. Within the first chapter the book will bringing you in and make you feel as if you were actually there observing what he is describing. Igor does a wonderful job at describing the world and the characters. Though I did feel the chapters were a bit long and was a little hard to follow along after setting the book down for a while but a great story nevertheless.
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Have you ever had that feeling listening to some good music, that, beside real sounds, you can hear some hidden melody in it? Reading this book gives similar experience. Although it's a little bit iconoclastic, it doesn't disturb the pure intellectual adventure you can enjoy. Of course, it's not perfect, but I will dare to say, luckily so. Perfection can be so boring :) Definitely a worthy reading, not many books these days lets you hear the music of imagination, and this one does.
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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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