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The Broken (The Lost Words: Volume 2) Paperback – May 26, 2013
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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.
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).
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.Read more ›
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The story was going so slooooooow and there was so many unneeded pages of what every character is thinking, wishing, dreaming, plotting, feeling sorry about that is they were cut... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mom
By the end, you'll feel like you took a crash course in military strategy, political conniving, and the futility of trying to stop humans from going to war. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeffrey Fialkowski Jr.
After reading The Betrayed I could not wait to start reading The Broken.
Again a very thrilling book, witch I read ad a very fast speed. Read more
Writing this review without spoilers may have been the most difficult literary feat I have preformed in months. Read morePublished 18 months ago by NictraSavios
The story, like the previous book was good & believable, might be a bit long for some people, as it can be difficult to remember the developments in all the sub-plots. Read morePublished 23 months ago by R
I’d started reading the second book of the series with some trepidation – first one was good enough for newcomer, but the second attempt is always a difficult one. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Anatoly Meller
I'll start this off by apologizing to Dedoimedo for not reviewing this sooner. Also, warning : might contain some spoilers. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by vinster171
The Broken is the second instalment within the lost words series, which continues the epic adventure on an impressive scale. Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by Lucinda
This one is far much better than volume I. The style of the author reminds me Roger Zelazny's. That book is a very good read.Published on January 9, 2014 by Poulichet Alain