This was a complete cover request for me. I already knew about the book but my interest invested massively when I saw the cover. I have no regrets.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.
The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost #1)
by C L Clarke
EVERY EMPIRE DEMANDS REVOLUTION.
Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.
Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet’s edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.
Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren’t for sale.
In a political fantasy unlike any other, debut author C. L. Clark spins an epic tale of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.
- queer characters everywhere
This was very enjoyable. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the tension and the build-up. I loved the magic and the realness of the people in here.
The story itself is partly plot-driven and partly character-driven. Or that’s how it felt. A certain thing only happened because of the characters while other elements felt like it was more to do with the plot. But I could be wrong.
A little bit heavy in the beginning, it took some time to settle from the building to the story but at the same time, it was useful to know before the story took off.
Not only does the book introduce a new world, its a world with colonising forces with history and political forces that changes with time. All this is needed to understand what’s happening and why. It’s not given all in one, but several things are hinted at early on and building on later on.
In the beginning, the magic is just hinted at, something that once existed but not anymore. I had a feeling it would resurface and become important and I was right. It takes a turn and shows its face towards the end. I don’t understand it though but I loved that it was there.
Touraine – I loved Touraine. She was a great main character whith several issues, struggles and wants. Her desissions and actions were maybe not all the best ones but I understand why and I found her resoning to be worthy.
Luca – the queen regent and someone who wants to be worthy but also struggles to find her own way of ruling. She felt several times as. child and immature but in other stages she felt very mature and aged even. It gave her complexity that I liked.
Yup! Several characters are attracted to the same gender and they are mostly the main characters.
Well written and well thought through. I had zero issues with the writing in general and nothing felt off. It’s a well-done book overall.
Great story, great characters and great writing. I will definitely pick up book 2 in the series when it comes out 🙂
Have you read this? What did you think?