The Unbroken

Magic of the Lost #1

C.L. Clark

fiction fantasy
adventurous challenging reflective slow-paced

464 pages | first published 2021

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.

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.

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adventurous 78%
dark 78%
tense 73%
challenging 47%
emotional 42%
reflective 21%
hopeful 10%
mysterious 10%
sad 10%
inspiring 5%


slow 65%
medium 25%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 26% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 15%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 60% | Yes: 25% | No: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 95% | No: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 5%

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