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The Broken Lands (Empire of the East #1)

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The passing of thousands of years left the planet Earth a series of broken lands...a mutated world of distant alien empires and near-at-hand rapacious satraps.

The hunted common people were sustained by one last legend - that some day one would come who would "rise the Elephant" and thereby bring back the Golden Age.

This is the gripping novel of the young rebel who found ou
Paperback, Ace #G-740, 191 pages
Published 1968 by Ace
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The Empire of the East, represented west of the Broken Mountains by a collection of satraps on the frontier, is your fairly standard evil land-conquering organization of a type endlessly imitated/replicated by genre fiction. Purpose of conquest and subjugation: check. Evil overlord who hangs rebels by their thumbs outside the pterodactyl roost: check. Smoking hot evil daughter of overlord: check. Evil wizard who secretly loves evil daughter of overlord: check. One wonders if this story or series ...more
An odd combination of post-atomic-apocalypse-sci-fi and sword-and-sorcery . . . not exactly my kind of combination of genres, but well-written, and with some really good ideas . . .
Not bad, I liked it better than his Swords books but it is very similar. Probably won't chase up the rest of the trilogy.
Jeff Hillendahl
Read this as a stand alone book. When I found out it was a trilogy, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the other two. I now have the Empire of the East trilogy. One of my favorites.
Daniel Swensen
Fun pulp sci-fi in the classic vein, mixing magic and technology in liberal measure. May seem a bit tin-eared to modern sensibilities, but I think it holds up well. That ending is quite the unabashed lead-in to a future book, though!
Jeff Crosby
Odd short novel of a post apocalyptic world with some technology mixed with magic. The story is slight for Saberhagen, but the premise is sound. He obviously saw some of the shortcomings when he combined this with its two sequels into a single revised volume as Empire of the East.
Three in One; From "Empire Of The East"; Book 1
Interesting read - bit dated now in some ways
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