- File Size: 615 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Barely Hare Books (October 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OPN38DY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An ancient android slave, Lough has been a personal attendant to the royal family for many years. And, in that time, he has seen many things: the selfish and cruel rule of the power-hungry King. The courage of young prince Fenton, who endures his father’s abuse and fights to overcome it. Lough has seen young princess Pythe, an innocent child, struggle to keep up with the demands of her schooling. Princess Eloisa, a spoiled young woman who copes with her malicious father by lashing out at those around her. But, most of all, Lough has seen Lady Darphina, merciful queen to a struggling city, brave wife to a monster, selfless and strong mother to the children of her broken home.
He has a chance to return to his true body, but it may cost more than he is willing to pay.
Lough has come to love the royal family, hoping to protect them from the wrath of the King. When he learns of his true identity, he is given the chance for the freedom he had thought he wanted. Within his rusting hard drive he cherishes every memory of the royal family: Young princess Pythe flying her red kite. Fenton romping with his dog. Lady Darphina’s strong spirit shining through the darkness. But if he decides to undergo the dangerous switching back from android to human, he may lose these memories.
He may lose the love that has filled his heart.
Is his love strong enough to endure, or will he revert to the human he was before he met the royal family: a monster no better than the King himself?
This is a beautiful story of redemption, second chances, and the strength of love.
Lady Darphina is by far my favorite character. People often talk about “strong female characters,” but you’ve never read a book with a strong female character until you’ve read FRACTURED. Darphina is determined to protect her children from their cruel father, fighting to keep their broken lives together if it means sacrificing herself to do so. Her courage and love has inspired me so much.
This story also gives a new meaning to the word “true love.” I’m not talking about the love at first sight, sexualized romance, pulp-fiction kind of true love. I’m talking about selfless love, love between two people who need and depend upon each other. Love that endures even the darkest trials. That’s the kind of love you’ll find in this book. The kind that matters…that makes a difference.
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy a book like this.
That being said, why did I give it four stars instead of five? Well, Amazon won’t let me do 4 and a half. The half star I take off for two reasons: commas and formatting. There are several instances where commas are missing (or simply in the wrong place) and the formatting is a bit off sometimes.
That being said, this story is wonderful…a few comma mistakes aren’t going to change that. There are so many amazing aspects to this book: deep and colorful characters, a unique storyline, a cool cross-genre steampunk/fantasy feel, awesome writing style, beautiful morals. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to more stories by this talented author!
Joining them along the way is the Queen who must endure her unpredictable and violent husband, while being a protector of her children. A scientist who has kept alive the old practice of manipulating a rare substance known as “diamond fracture ore,” which will play a key part in Lough's development - and a loyal dog named Horse.
The main characters are developed in satisfying depth. The Queen is strong and capable. The Prince follows an excellent arc, from youthful irresponsibility to maturity. The full extent of the King's madness is revealed gradually and adds to the tension. And Lough is likeable and heartwarming.
While perhaps a bit slow at the beginning, it gathers speed quickly and moves along to well-conceived conclusion.
My only criticism is that at times the prose tries too hard to be eloquent or elevated, and as a result it tends to be a distraction – but that could just be a personal taste. It won't get in the way of enjoying this thoughtful and compelling story.
Well-written, and interesting plot for sure!
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