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Author: Caleb Carr Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781442359390
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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.

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  • “Where, oh where has Caleb Carr been?…Like its predecessors, The Legend of Broken combines Carr’s consummate storytelling powers with his willingness to defy easy expectations…Exhilarating and multilayered, the novel exhibits the author’s talent at presenting full-bodied characters in unfamiliar historical settings. A talented writer back on the map; editor’s recommendation.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/18/2014

    " My feelings about this book are as deeply mixed as its reviews. On the one hand, the characters and setting are fascinating, and the story is engaging and compelling. On the other hand, reading this book is a slog! It is over-long and the prose is bombastic. I'm willing to put up with all this for a genuine, OMG-this-is-a-masterpiece, but TLoB doesn't qualify. Structurally, the lost manuscript wheeze doesn't add to the book and the endnotes, while occasionally interesting, were mostly a time sink and felt like an indulgence on Carr's part. Carr says he spent all of his adult lifetime writing this book -- I expect better from the author of the Alienist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 2/15/2014

    " i'm about 250 pages in and i just cannot get into this story at all. i absolutely loved his earlier works: The Alienist and Angel of Darkness. but this is a supreme disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harla | 2/10/2014

    " Listened to this one. Long book and it took me awhile. Hard to get into at first but then I started to enjoy the story. Would recommend for any fantasy fiction adult/teen reader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gwen | 1/29/2014

    " Gave up around page 100. Tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaspyr | 1/24/2014

    " Good But very long book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lixx | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book! A wonderful story of two societies, the Talls, and the Banes. The Banes are exiles from the province of Broken. They have been cast out for their imperfections and judged to be unworthy of living in Broken. Wonderful characters that I fell in love with from both societies. The story was enhanced with magical, and mystical themes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 1/21/2014

    " An ambitious piece that was at first tough to get into. But once the tale began to reveal itself, I was hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this book - sort of . . . It's not that it was bad exactly, but the story and characters never really rang true to me and the footnotes and pretense that the "manuscript" was an ancient discovery was silly and contrived. It was generally enjoyable, but I wouldn't rush out to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/5/2013

    " This book is very different from anything else that i have read by Caleb Carr, but it is well written, a good story and well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 11/10/2013

    " A complex story of political intrigue, religious intolerance, and moral battles. There are many twists and turns, with connections between all characters and factions slowly revealed as the tale progresses. One of the most unique books I've read in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 10/2/2013

    " I don't get the nay-sayers on this one. This is historical fiction done right, with fully developed characters and richly detailed settings. The pacing was perfect for the story, which is probably why it felt like a slog to many. It's just good writing and a great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karin | 9/12/2013

    " I love reading Caleb Carr's work, but I just could not get into this book. I am putting it on my "someday when the mood is right" reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 4/23/2013

    " This book is not at all like the other Caleb Carr books I have read. It is far more similar to The Lord of The Rings than it is to The Alienist. Once I got over that, I really liked it. The footnotes were funny and my inner geek really liked the. Don't tell anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 4/21/2013

    " Could have been better, an incredible idea bogged down by too much hobbit-type prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 3/4/2013

    " After starting to flip to the endnotes while reading, I decided to just read the story. It carries you along, if you let it. I wound up thoroughly enjoying this tale, after having doubts at the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/30/2013

    " Overwritten and tedious. There's a good story in there somewhere. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dean | 1/10/2013

    " One of the worst plodding non page turner books I have read in a very long while. Save the last 100 pages or so this book is a sleeper. I've read other Caleb Carr books among them The Alienist that were very good so I was very surprised when this book failed to even come close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abranch71 | 11/27/2012

    " I little slow going in the beginning (refering to the end notes a lot), and then REALLY got into the story. "

About the Author

Caleb Carr is a novelist, military historian, and screenwriter. He is the son of beat generation figure Lucien Carr, and he received a degree in military and diplomatic history from New York University. Some of his fiction and nonfiction work includes Casing the Promised Land, The Angel of Darkness, The Italian Secretary, and The Lessons of Terror. He was a contributing screenwriter to Exorcist: The Beginning and shared a screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise.

About the Narrator

Tim Gerard Reynolds is an established audiobook narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration. He trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center at Trinity College in Dublin and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Connecticut.