Author: C.L. Clark
Series: Magic of the Lost #1
Released: March 23rd, 2021
C.L. Clark is back with another brilliant fantasy! The Unbroken is a novel that I’ve heard so much about it lately. Fortunately, it’s also the first in a series (Magic of the Lost), so this is not the last we’ll be seeing of these characters.
Touraine was not born to be a soldier – but she was raised to be one. She was taken as a child and forced to work her way through the ranks. Now, she’s been sent back to the very land she was stolen from – and she’s going to have to make a choice.
Then there’s Luca. She’s in need of a spy willing to cross the line, take risks, and in general, ignore concepts such as treason. What she needs is a rebel. And it’s looking like Touraine may fit that bill.
“Stupid, stupid. Instinct alone saved her life. She lifted her arms just in time to get a slice across her left forearm instead of her throat.”
Guys, there is so much to love about The Unbroken. It is a fierce and compelling tale – one that will tug at your heartstrings one moment and throw you into the center of the action the next. Needless to say, I loved it.
This is probably not the best book to read if you’re looking for something bright and happy. The Unbroken is incredibly bleak at times – but that just makes other moments shine all the brighter. It’s a fine balance and one that C.L. Clark found.
I think that it wasn’t until I was a third of the way in that I found myself getting truly emotionally invested in the story. Don’t get me wrong – the horrible things happening in this book were still hitting hard (perhaps too hard). But it wasn’t until I started rooting for the characters that it felt more intense and real.
I love how much was fit into The Unbroken. It’s fantasy and a little bit science fiction. It’s got action, world-building, character development, and did I mention that it’s GLBT? I love it so much, and I sincerely cannot wait to hear news of the sequel.
Thanks to Orbit and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.