Review: The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

Author: C.L. Clark
Series: Magic of the Lost #1
Publisher: Orbit
Released: March 23rd, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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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.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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2 Responses to Review: The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

  1. Louise says:

    Amazing review! I just bought this for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I am so excited to read it!

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