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Kishi felt her body temperature rising even though the spring morning was quite cool. Her temper was always just under the surface these days, and she was growing weary of being told what to do and how to think. Today that would all change, and nothing would ever be the same. She would do what she wanted regardless of what her sister chose to do. Her father, the king, woul ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 276 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by Steven R. Burke (first published December 20th 2010)
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Gary Burke
I was hooked from the very start. This book was worth every penny. I've been disappointed with my last few book purchases, but The Broken Council was worth it.

You open the story with a twist right from the start. You meet a man named General Yukio who is one of my favorite characters in the story. He is a man you can tell holds great power but you don't even fully realize how much until the story evolves.

You will find many of the races typical to a fantasy story, but with for me more style and p
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Mark
I initially purchased this book to be supportive of the author, whom I happen to work with, and was surprised with how well the book flowed and the vision of the world that was imagined. The author does well to create an inviting story built with intrigue. Though the typical fantasy character exist such as elves, humans, and such, there is just enough twists and new vision to bring a compelling story to life. Fantastic effort to this new author and the book definitely sets you up for wanting mor ...more
Joseph Mitchell
I recieved this book from First Reads at goodreads.com. This is a very fast paced book with an interesting plot line. I very much enjoyed how the author set up the opposing viewpoint to create the story. I also enjoyed the different roles that this series but each of the races in.
Gary Burke
I was hooked from the very start. This book was worth every penny. I've been disappointed with my last few book purchases, but The Broken Council was worth it.

You open the story with a twist right from the start. You meet a man named General Yukio who is one of my favorite characters in the story. He is a man you can tell holds great power but you don't even fully realize how much until the story evolves.

You will find many of the races typical to a fantasy story, but with for me more style and p
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Chakravarthy
The narration is very gripping! The built up to the war is well written. The phrase, "There is no such thing as a nice or polite war" sounds ominous, but anyone who followed or read about any war from past or present would realize how true this statement is. The portrayal of treachery and manipulation is realistic and out of the world! Though the setting is fantasy, IMHO, story and narration could have been anywhere in time and space! Different levels at which the story unfolds is quite beautifu ...more
Miriam
some kind of d&d fantasy book that I didn't feel attracted to.
Doug
This is one of the best series that I have ever read in fact this is my second time reading through the series. I'm finding it more enjoyable reading it this time than I did the first time I read it. The story surrounds many larger than life characters that possess power beyond what you find in most fantasy writings. The action is intense and fast paced, but paced in a way that you see the inner struggles of the main characters. Definitely worth the purchase and I can't wait to get to book 3!!!!
Angie
I won this book from First Reads at goodreads.com. I really enjoyed reading this book, it is not the typical book I read but I liked it... I enjoyed this epic tale of magic, betrayal, survival, greed, and revenge.... this book is action packed... I am looking forward to following this story and cant wait to get my hands on the next one to see what happens with the characters and the plot....
Kristina Franken
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Kevine Thompson
This book was a thrill to read! It is fast paced but entertaining I suggest you all read this book
Mijeong
I was expecting a good read (no pun intended) but this was pretty horrible. The writing level is that of a child/adolescent. Everything was stated as is. She is _. Her _ is _. Sooo boring and childish, no beautiful prose. You know, usually you are lulled by the writing.
SPOILER (small one) Also, they make a big deal at the very beginning about their "plan." And it just ends up being him intruding on the meeting. And the description of the intrusion was like bam he's here. That's it. It was so in
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Bri
I've recieved this book through a Goodreads book giveaway. This review is for the use of publisheres should they decide to use it.


First off: Before reading this book I had finish reading The Fisherman's Children triolgy. Two books amounting to about 500-600 pages each. Those books, and the other books that I have been reading lately spend a great deal of time building the world and the characters. My view of this Broken Council is influenced by that being my normal reading material.

The idea of B
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Lynette
I like to think I'm an open-minded person and can read just about anything. I don't think that anymore. I generally like sci-fi-fantasy books. Not this one. This book started out choppy and introduced a ton of characters early on. It was disjointed and confusing from the beginning. Then, it slowly smoothed out and I thought, maybe this will turn out good afterall. But, no. He is good at writing about battle strategy and war planning but not very good at character development or plot planning. I ...more
Rosey
The story took a while to get into - a lot of characters were introduced quickly, so there was a lot of explanation before the real story could start. The exposition was a little choppy at first, but by the end, it started to gel. The author's strong suit is definitely writing battle/ strategy scenes - those were engrossing and I almost wished those took up more of the book. Looking forward to the second book to see how it ends up.

Note: I received a copy of this book through GoodRead's Giveaway
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Susan
I received this book as a give away through Goodreads. (Please keep in mind when reading this review that this is not my normal choice of genre).

On the plus side it kept me absorbed all the way through. I have the second instalment on my bedside table and will read it in due course.

On the negative side - it could have done with some further proof reading prior to printing.
Ioana
I wish I could give it 0 stars. Gave up after heroically plowing through one third of the book. This guy needs to take some serious writing classes...
Stacy
My niece got this book free and then gave it to me because she didn't like it. I guess I will give it a try, it was free.
Jennifer
Jan 01, 2011 Jennifer marked it as to-read
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yay!!! happy new year to me...lol...i cant wait to get this book and start reading it...thanks so much goodreads!!!!
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Erm...it's a free ebook?
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Growing up in a little town in the great northwest, Steve learned to enjoy the outdoors and all that nature had to offer. The beauty surrounding his home town of Colville Washington inspired his world of Tuwa. Every character in his novels was inspired by characteristics from people he either knew or behavior he observed. His magic is only limited by a person’s capacity and creativity. For over a ...more
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