See my friend goes to his school's library and searches though the new book section and pick this up for me. On the other hand, reading this book is a slog! And he clearly wants modern readers to see something of their own world in the political corruption and greed that ultimately doom Broken. The people who have survived the Woods have formed a society of sorts called the Bane. Or where it originated, and what part is fact, what legend, and what mere myth? The stuff before the endnotes is about the best written fantasy you could hope for. Yes, it gets a little long in the tooth, and the military focus is a bit, well, military, but the characters, plot and reveals are pretty dang good. On the one hand, the characters and setting are fascinating, and the story is engaging and compelling.
The author introduces more than a dozen central characters, all of whom arrive with their own complicated back stories and agendas. It was a great universe that Carr created and a fairy interesting story, but I found the storytelling to be disappointing. My feelings about this book are as deeply mixed as its reviews. Or maybe there was so much more that he wanted to say but couldn't fit it into the confines of the story -- which is, by the way, why we have editors: to protect the author and the reader from himself; to try to ensure that only the best story gets told in the best way, even if that means trimming away lots of decorative dead wood. There is human response and reaction that are the building blocks of an evolutionary process.
But man, this book is awful. At its best, 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. Structurally, the lost manuscript wheeze doesn't add to the book and the endnotes, while occasionally interesting, were mostly a time sink and felt like an indulgence on Carr's part. How the same author wrote this book and The Alienist is a mystery I will never understand. Some years ago, a remarkable manuscript long rumored to exist was discovered: The Legend of Broken.
In 2013, he was nominated for an Audie Award for work in the Fantasy genre. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed 'the Legend of Broken'. For the number of pages and the amount that actually happened, we deserved at least twice as much story. It tells of a prosperous fortress city, Broken, where order reigns at the point of a sword - even as scheming factions secretly vie for control of the surrounding kingdom. 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. Like, oh, he's a weirdo, don't mind him, or something.
It took me more than two weeks to read it with the flu intervening , but I was only complaining about the endnotes of which I masochistically read every single one of. There are plenty of moral, political and economic lessons contained in the book that are thinly veiled warnings to our modern times. To make his points, Carr has summoned a dream team of soldiers, wizards, and tiny forest folk. Download and start listening now! This is me being clever!! I wondered why the people in the forest were small. Carr keeps the action hurtling along with a steady diet of gruesome murders and political betrayals. It is an interesting study of mis-guided, organized religion vs science and the understanding of the natural world.
The other strategy, now quite a popular one, is to tell the whole story in the present tense. 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. 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. I still want to read the Alienist, but this. The E-mail message field is required. Subsequent titles ricocheted from Victorian England to 2023. We are lucky enough to live in a time where being fans of genre fiction does not relegate us to stories about morally simple characters doing implausibly convenient slash lucky things to win the day.
All in all, a most excellent read. Would have rated it even higher but for some problems that should have been fixed with editing. 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. The writing is intelligent and very well done. I have thoroughly enjoyed other of Caleb Carr's novels, and was pleased when I saw this one on the shelf in the library. I don't think I would ever get to page 651 much less read the notes which are at the back of the book and in even smaller type.
I forced my I really wanted to like this book. His novels include The Legend of Broken, The Angel of Darkness, The Alienist, The Italian Secretary, and Killing Time. But if not - take my advice and don't try to get through the full 700 pages. At every turn, the lives of Broken's defenders and its would-be destroyers intertwine until secretly, and under pressure from their people, four leaders unite. He was a contributing screenwriter to Exorcist: The Beginning and shared a screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise.
On the one hand, the characters and setting are fascinating, and the story is engaging and compelling. Our anonymous narrator plunks us down in Germany, between the fifth and eighth centuries, amidst a confl A military historian at his finest. 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. But therein lies the problem. The Alienist was one of the best books I have ever read; Broken is one of the most tedious books I have ever read.