The Legend of Broken

The Legend of Broken

by Caleb Carr
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The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr

“A sprawling fantasy saga . . . Caleb Carr boldly goes where he’s never gone before.”—USA Today

Legend meets history in this mesmerizing novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Caleb Carr. 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.
Some years ago, a remarkable manuscript long rumored to exist was discovered: The Legend of Broken. 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. Meanwhile, outside the city’s granite walls, an industrious tribe of exiles known as the Bane forages for sustenance in the wilds of Davon Wood.
At every turn, the lives of Broken’s defenders and its would-be destroyers intertwine: Sixt Arnem, the widely respected and honorable head of the kingdom’s powerful army, grapples with his conscience and newfound responsibilities amid rumors of impending war. Lord Baster-kin, master of the Merchants’ Council, struggles to maintain the magnificence of his kingdom even as he pursues vainglorious dreams of power. 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. 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.
Breathtakingly profound and compulsively readable, Caleb Carr’s long-awaited new book is an action-packed, multicharacter epic of a medieval clash of cultures—in which new gods collide with old, science defies all expectation, and virtue comes in many guises. Brimming with adventure and narrative invention, The Legend of Broken is an exhilarating and enthralling masterwork.

Praise for The Legend of Broken
“An excellent and old-fashioned entertainment . . . 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.”—The Washington Post

“[A] colossal effort . . . a fantasy epic . . . meant as an allegory, a cautionary tale for our precarious times. To make his points, Carr has summoned a dream team of soldiers, wizards, and tiny forest folk.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Carr keeps the action hurtling along with a steady diet of gruesome murders and political betrayals. And he clearly wants modern readers to see something of their own world in the political corruption and greed that ultimately doom Broken.”—The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812984521
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 306,420
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.84(h) x 1.59(d)

About the Author

Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, Killing Time, The Devil Soldier, and The Italian Secretary. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in upstate New York.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1955

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Attended Kenyon College, 1973-75; B.A. in history, New York University, 1977

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The Legend of Broken: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Wagma1 More than 1 year ago
Finally got a chance to finish this book after getting it right when it came out, few weeks ago.  True, It is a little on the long side, but one of the great thing about Carr's writing is that he knows how to make a page turner.  The basic premise of the book I found very interesting- in the introduction, Carr sets up the story as a manuscript he discovered while researching another book.  He then presents the manuscript, providing copious footnotes to help explain the manuscript, on everything from historical context to etymology to botany.  I appreciated this, as well as his directive in the introduction that, if the reader so chooses, they could easily ignore the footnotes wholesale, and enjoy the manuscript as it is.   If you are looking for the Alienist part 3 this is probably not the place for it- it is not a murder mystery per se.  The Legend of Broken is an excellent fantasy/historical fiction crossover, with some swashbuckling and roman military battle tactics thrown in.  As I was reading it I kept thinking of how awesome a movie this would make- the character development, action, and intricately described urban and jungle scenery are all pretty vivid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I loved "The Alienist" and "Angel of Darkness". I simply couldn't get into thisbook, andI just gave up after a few chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book - it was intriguing that the geographical location for the story actually exists. Very well written, it was hard to put down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you,re looking for another book like the alienist, this is not it . If you,re looking for a good read with wonderful characters, you will love this book. It belongs in the fantasy genre, not general fiction.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the brilliant Alienist and Angel of Darkness it has been all downhill. One dud aftet another. So disappointed!!
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attorneydavid More than 1 year ago
Very strange book I loved the alienist and angel of darkness so I bought this when I saw Mr. Carr had this out. I can't really say how the whole book is because it's very badly written and hard to follow. The book is written in mainly present tense which is a very odd tense for something that is suppose to have happened long ago.. Overall, get a sample if you are thinking of buying this because the readability is rock bottom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this after Hearing Mr. Carr interviewed about it on NPR. I found it to be an eminently readable page turner with well developed characters, deep narrative detail, and excellent plotting. While it was depicted as fantasy in some reviews, which would imply some sort of magical backdrop, and in others as taking place in medieval Germany in others, it is, rather, a portrait of a remnant of civilization poised to plunge into the dark ages as a result of religious orthodoxy denying science, among other things. The "Idyll" after the first section of the book brought me to tears. This was a wholly enjoyable book that left me wanting more.