The Legend of Broken

The Legend of Broken

Book - 2012
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"A sprawling fantasy saga . . . Caleb Carr boldly goes where he's never gone before."-- USA Today

Legend meets history in this mesmerizing novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Caleb Carr. Demonstrating the rich storytelling, skillful plotting, and depth of research he showcased in The Alienist, Carr has written a wildly imaginative, genre-bending saga that redefines the boundaries of literature.
Some years ago, a remarkable manuscript long rumored to exist was discovered: The Legend of Broken. It tells of a prosperous fortress city where order reigns at the point of a sword--even as scheming factions secretly vie for control of the surrounding kingdom. Meanwhile, outside the city's granite walls, an industrious tribe of exiles known as the Bane forages for sustenance in the wilds of Davon Wood.
At every turn, the lives of Broken's defenders and its would-be destroyers intertwine: Sixt Arnem, the widely respected and honorable head of the kingdom's powerful army, grapples with his conscience and newfound responsibilities amid rumors of impending war. Lord Baster-kin, master of the Merchants' Council, struggles to maintain the magnificence of his kingdom even as he pursues vainglorious dreams of power. And Keera, a gifted female tracker of the Bane tribe, embarks on a perilous journey to save her people, enlisting the aid of the notorious and brilliant philosopher Caliphestros. Together, they hope to exact a ruinous revenge on Broken, ushering in a day of reckoning when the mighty walls will be breached forever in a triumph of science over superstition.
Breathtakingly profound and compulsively readable, Caleb Carr's long-awaited new book is an action-packed, multicharacter epic of a medieval clash of cultures--in which new gods collide with old, science defies all expectation, and virtue comes in many guises. Brimming with adventure and narrative invention, The Legend of Broken is an exhilarating and enthralling masterwork.

Praise for The Legend of Broken
"An excellent and old-fashioned entertainment . . .  The Legend of Broken  seamlessly blends epic adventure with serious research and asks questions that men and women grappled with in the Dark Ages and still do today."-- The Washington Post

"[A] colossal effort . . . a fantasy epic . . . meant as an allegory, a cautionary tale for our precarious times. To make his points, Carr has summoned a dream team of soldiers, wizards, and tiny forest folk."-- The New York Times Book Review

"Carr keeps the action hurtling along with a steady diet of gruesome murders and political betrayals. And he clearly wants modern readers to see something of their own world in the political corruption and greed that ultimately doom Broken."-- The Boston Globe
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
ISBN: 9781400062836
Characteristics: 734 p. : map


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Oct 23, 2013

Okay, I know this book is way to long and way too complicated but I loved it. Imagining a completely different world and scribing it to paper is a rare talent. I loved the characters and once hooked reveled in the length of the book-I didn't want it to end.

Aug 22, 2013

I picked up this book, having long ago read and enjoyed 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness', assuming it would be similar. Boy, was I wrong. According to the author's notes, this book was almost 3 decades from inception to publication. I wish he had given up writing it and that I had given up reading it before completion. I agree with the other comments about the "notes" and the invented words. Overall, the plot was uneven and the conclusion seemed forced (perhaps by those three elapsed decades?). I would not suggest this book to anyone, and I resolve to look at the jacket blurbs of any book I check out from now on.

Jul 11, 2013

Good book but creative words make it slow and a slight bit hard to read. But in overall it's a good book.

Robert J. Webster
Feb 20, 2013

Not a bad story idea but the author has made up way too many words then uses 100 pages of story notes at the end of the book to explain the made up words. Really slows down the story.

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