Greetings, dear traveler! I’ve got a special treat for you today: welcome to my tour spot for The Unbroken by C. L. Clark, a brilliant, breathtaking debut adult fantasy inspired by North Africa, which was just released on March 23, 2021!
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.
- Protagonists of color
- LGBT protagonists
- F/F main characters
- M/M side characters
- Nonbinary side character
- Older women
- Depictions of colonial violence (physical and emotional) and destruction
- Past attempted rape
- Threats of rape
- Threats of torture
tl;dr: Do I recommend this book?
MY RATING: ★★★★★
“You’ll have to fight for one side or the other. Why not fight for the side that gives you freedom?”
In my eyes, fantasy is a perfect genre.
What’s not to love? Through fantasy, traveler, I can flee to far-flung, exciting realms unlike any land I have ever touched; gain the power to cut dragons from paper, chase monsters from a metropolis, or jump-start my car without much strife; and I can explore all the deadly complexities of life and living, framed with a subtle hint of magic.
Fantasy can be a receptacle for both discovery and education through its worldbuilding, characters, and commentary. (And it always makes me cry. 😃 Laugh the pain away!)
The Unbroken is an absolutely prime work of fantasy. I’m obsessed.
Let’s discuss it, traveler! (This review will be spoiler-free!)
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