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The Unbroken, by C.L. Clark

zoewright's review against another edition

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.25

daja's review against another edition

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adventurous dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

I didn’t love or hate this. I think the world building was incredible and the writing really put me in the atmosphere of the story. However, I wasn’t that invested with the characters or the plot. The character motivations kind of annoyed me and they kept changing their mind on things (Touraine). It wasn’t bad  enough that I couldn’t read the story but I think it impacted my enjoyment. I think the largest reason I didn’t like it was because I don’t really vibe with political fantasy. I just find it so boring and this story is heavy on politics. So if you like that, maybe you’ll enjoy it more?

saharahayes's review against another edition

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3.0

150 pages in, and I didn't really care about either of the main characters. Oh well. Another DNF for the pile.

ehmannky's review

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I don't know. It's well-written and I like the themes, I just wasn't feeling it at nearly 100 pages in and I'm getting better at just DNF-ing books I'm just not into at nearly 100 pages in. I might pick it up again later. 

spookykingdomstarlight's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

hay_elfkin's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

dectren's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

postpluvium's review against another edition

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4.0

I'm not really sure if I enjoyed this book? It was good, but good does not equal enjoyable. 3.5/5? 4/5?

Set in a colonised-by-fantasy-Enlightenment-France fantasy-North-Africa, MCs are an indentured soldier (stolen as a child and raised in a residential school type situation) and the princess of fantasy-Enlightenment-France.

A hint of forbidden romance (kind of) against the backdrop of a city and colonised country fighting for freedom from its oppressors.

Edit: I think what made me enjoy it less (despite it being good) is that it's a very hopeless kind of fantasy? Everything is awful, and very few good things happen to give Touraine (or the reader) a break.

Switches POVs between two MCs.
Representation: Touraine is a lesbian of colour, Luca a white disabled bisexual.
Sapphic side characters, mlm side characters, hints at a polyamorous relationship in the past.
CWs: colonialist violence, mentions of sexual assault and rape, mention of residential school like situations

steviedailyn's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

bizabeth's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0