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Broken Forest

(Daath Chronicles #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Spanning two different worlds and species, brother and sister must embrace who they are in order to stop an invasion that will destroy their world.

Seventeen-year-old Avikar spends most of his time in the stables trying to forget his tragic past. But when his sister Jeslyn is kidnapped, he must undertake an impossible quest to save her from the dark lord of Daath, a mystica
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it


You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

When I first saw this book, I was immediately drawn by the cover. I really like it,and seeing that I thought that the main character is going to be a girl, because of the girl on the cover, but I was wrong, and I am glad for that. I have not read lately a YA book in a male's POV, and this one surprised me for good.


Broken Forest is a fantasy novel about a teen boy named Avikar. He lives a normal boring life, u
A boy mired in guilt is determined to never fail his family or himself again as he heads into the world of the unknown on a quest to save his kidnapped sister. Armed with his tracking skills and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, Avikar and his best friend discover Jeslyn has been taken by the lord of Daath, a place no one has seen, shrouded in mystery and long thought to be a part of fairytales and myths.

Daath is much more than a make believe land of magic, and its people are not human. W
Nathan Yocum
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure—I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

I have a confession to make. I’m not a YA fan. I know the genre is prolific and loved, but I’ve never been bitten by the YA bug. Maybe I’m too old, maybe I’m a curmudgeon, or maybe I’m no longer afflicted with the optimism of youth.

Despite my terrible personality fault, I actually enjoyed Eliza Tilton’s Broken Forest. The premise is very YA oriented. A young stable hand, Avikar, undertakes a quest to save his s
Jessa Russo
I was lucky to be one of the first people to read this book, and I had the opportunity to work with the author during the first revisions. I loved BROKEN FOREST immediately, and couldn't wait to see it in print.

I felt that the premise and story were incredibly unique, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and romance.

Be warned--you may end up rooting for the least expected character by the end of it. I sure did! I thought that said a lot about what a talented writer Eliza
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.

The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and magical tale that just needs more work, with female characters that mostly disappointed me, but some fierce action scenes that sort of made up for some of the let downs.

I'm a bit surprised by all the five-and-four-star reviews for this book on Goodreads and Amazon. Maybe I'm just not the right target audience for this story. There is no doubt that Eliza Tilton has a vivid imagination and a promising future as a writer, but the execution of this st
Mara Valderran
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have to admit, this book had a slow pull for me. The introduction of Lucino's POV on top of Avikar and Jeslyn, but in the end I was glad to have it. I loved watching his character develop. The big reveal about him at the end felt a bit rushed, but was a big surprise.

Once the story picks up, it really doesn't let go. The tension continues to build. And somehow Eliza Tilton has managed to create another love story for Avikar that didn't feel out of place. It developed very naturally. She also d
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Avikar embarks on a mission to save his sister Jeslyn who's been kidnapped and taken into the mythical country of Daath.

In the beginning I had some trouble focussing on this book, mainly because it doesn't involve one first person POV, but multiple first person POVs. Especially when the scene wasn't completely set yet this was confusing. There were some thing in the story that I really liked and added something, like Lucino and Jeslyn t
 Reading Reindeer

Those who read my reviews probably know I prefer Supernatural, Horror, Mystery and Suspense, Thrillers, and Arcane, to Fantasy. But sometimes a fantasy author appears to change my mind: Mark T. Barnes did just that earlier in 2014, and now here is Eliza Tilton. BROKEN FOREST is the first entry in the DAATH CHRONICLES , a lively, well-written tale of a boy whose self-imposed guilt has crumpled up all his hopes, dreams, and self-esteem
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received a complimentary copy to read and review. Eliza is a great writer. I couldn't put it down. I love the characters and the world she has created. It has some great twists and turns. Jeslyn is taken to a world that humans didn't think existed other than in stories. The longer she is there the more entranced she becomes with it. Her brother goes after her only to find it will be harder than he thinks to free her. Want to know what happens add it to your TBR list. You won't be disappointed. I ...more
Marlene Moss
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully crafted world, fascinating characters, worth a read.
Anna lost in stories *A*
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
I got my hands on a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I have to say that I'm intrigued... ;) I was definitely in the mood to read something a little bit different, so this young adult fantasy novel really landed on my kindle just at the right time... ;) it was my first book written by this author, but it left me curious enough to go back and read the rest of the series... so it's very fortunate that the second installment is already on my kindle ;) but I would love to s ...more
Jacob Devlin
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun and fast-paced. Especially enjoyed the rich fantasy settings and the action sequences! Can't wait to see where Eliza takes the series next.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I received this book, I delayed reading it for months due to studies and other things and it sort of took a backseat in my mind. I did read the first few chapters and I was intrigued, but then I forgot about it. Boy, that was a mistake. Because when I finally got around to it, I found that this book was awesome.

Let's start with the narrators (there are 3).

I love him. He was a teenager reaching adulthood, and bearing the guilt of his brother's death. He was struggling with having h
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's hard to write what you think about a book, not because you do not know what to say or the book is not deserving, but simply because you do not know how to do it better (and without giving spoilers) and because it seems the inspiration by pass you. So if this review sounds more ... do not blame Broken Forest, blame me.

In Broken Forest the action begins quickly. First page may mislead you about your expectations: an unsurpassed loss, an authoritarian father with a warrior past (poss
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received this book for free from the publisher/author via Lady Amber's Reviews and PR in exchange for an honest review.

When I started reading this book, I was expecting a straight up high fantasy read. I was pleasantly surprised with the delicate blend of science fiction integrated into this fantasy. It made for a very unique twist on the story. I definitely wasn't expecting it.

The best thing about Broken Forest was definitely the characters. They were very easy to get to know, and I enjoyed r
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still wonder about the title because there isn't much forest in the plot - The book itself is fast paced action adventure. There are hidden meanings that are poignant and worth looking into deeper. I also enjoyed the changing of the narration between the characters (Avikar's, Jeslyn's and Lucino) to get a better overall perspective of the story. The dialogue seemed natural and conveyed emotion. Suspenseful foreshadowing and ending.(it start with an unsurpassed loss, an authoritarian father wit ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I still wonder about the title because there isn't much forest in the plot - The book itself is fast paced action adventure. There are hidden meanings that are poignant and worth looking into deeper. I also enjoyed the changing of the narration between the characters (Avikar's, Jeslyn's and Lucino) to get a better overall perspective of the story. The dialogue seemed natural and conveyed emotion. Suspenseful foreshadowing and ending.(it start with an unsurpassed loss, an authoritarian father wit ...more
Jen Ryland
A quick disclosure before I get started: I received my copy of this book from the author, Eliza Tilton. She is a friend I've met through blogging and I think she's great. It's always tricky when a friend asks you to read their book, because if their book is not your kind of thing, that can be horrendously awkward.

Luckily, I really liked Broken Forest -- and check out the beautiful new cover :)

Broken Forest is a fun fantasy-adventure with a great blend of romance, action and suspense. Multiple P
Kisa Whipkey
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Maggie Steifvater's Books of Faerie Series
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Broken Forest was a fast-paced, highly enjoyable read. Contrary to what the blurb implies, it’s actually told in alternating, first-person POVs from the three main characters — Avikar, Jeslyn, and Lucino. Avikar is presented as the dominant character, though, as his storyline drives the overall plot. Haunted by a past failure that cost his family a son and brother, he’s a flawed hero, but a hero all the same. When his sister is captured by the lord of a supposedly mythical land, Avikar takes it ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Although I did have some trouble at first to get into this book, I found myself eventually becoming involved in the world and the characters. Although I don’t really like multiple first person POVs, it wasn’t too hard to read this book, even if there were a few occasions where I got confused.

I think my favourite character in this book was probably Avikar. I felt myself easily able to connect with hi
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story! I don't usually read books like this one buy The cover and Synapses really captured my interest and I couldn't help but want to read it. Eliza Tilton is a wonderful writer! I loved the characters and the world that she had created, it was a world that made you feel like you were in the past, with horses and buggy's but at the same time had these magical elements that gave it a modern and fantasy feel all at the same time.

This book had all the fantasy elements: magic, c
Jamie Ayres
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to say in full disclosure that Eliza and I share the same publisher. I was given her book in exchange for an honest review. I wouldn't have accepted the offer if I didn't think it sounded like a book I'd enjoy, and I wasn't disappointed! It had my four favorite things in a book: love, adventure, fantasy, and a twisted ending!

The opening page immediately drew me in and from the very start, I could tell Tilton had a gift for storytelling. There's danger, there's desire, and there's decision
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tour-books
4.5 Stars

First off I loved the cover! It was original and not made up from stock photos that everyone else is using. This is my first book read by Eliza and I really enjoyed her style and writing abilities. I am a big fan of multiple POV’s and Eliza did an amazing job with the three main characters and their personalities. I was able to read through the chapters with ease not having to go back and see who it was that was talking.

This story is full of action, determination, heart, beauty depth an
Melissa Souza
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
4.5 stars!!! I have found a new favourite author. I absolutely loved this story. The characters were thoroughly enjoyable. Avikar who is the MC is a conflicted yet gentle soul. He feels he always lets everyone down especially after his brother's death. He is seeking redemption. Then, there's Lucino. Although, he is the villian, I can't help but love him. He is my favorite character. Is that wrong? :p. Among the girls, I liked Raven the most. She is feisty. Lucy is great too but sometimes I felt ...more
Kirstie Ellen
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 50%

Okay I tried with this book but it just wasn't for me. It definitely has potential to be great and I was really torn over putting it down, but in the end I just had no motivation to pick it up and keep going. There's nothing 'bad' about the book and I might pick it up in the future and give it another go - but it just didn't grab my attention and keep it.

I am, however, in awe of the beauty of its cover. 'Twas not my cup of tea but perhaps it'll be yours!

Happy reading!
Paul S. Kirk
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read for Everyone

The book was written with a great deal of skill. Even what seems,a slow start it was needed to understand the characters. Read it, enjoy it and prepare for your next book.
Alexandria Charron
this was a great book i loved it.. :)
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I really like the story and the characters. The series could definitely be interesting. The writing is not consistent, but it is still very enjoyable to read.
Amber-Louise Diskin
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had quite a few unexpected turns and a few that you could see from miles away, but I had to admit that I loved it and I can't wait to pick up the next books. I fell in love not once, not twice but three times whilst reading through.

It wasn't as simple a task to determine who was really the bad guy in this story and I liked that my opinion changed back and forth constantly!
COVER DROOL. I dunno who they've got doing covers over at Curiosity Quills Press but whoever they are, they make the pretties. I'm not sure who the cover character is supposed to be and I don't even care.

The Good

I love love LOVED Avikar and Derrick's friendship. Avikar was a strong male main character, and since I usually read female MCs, it was so refreshing! With Avikar and Derrick, everything is a competition. There are fart jokes and wrestling matches and horse races, mixed with with real fr
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USA Today Bestselling author, Eliza Titlton graduated from Dowling College with a BA in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, chasing after four kids, playing video games, or writing, she's getting her post-baby body back and inspiring people on the way. Her YA Fantasy, The Daath Chronicles, is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Other books in the series

Daath Chronicles (5 books)
  • Wicked Path (Daath Chronicles Book 2)
  • Deadly Dance (Daath Chronicles, 2.5)
  • Crimson Tides (Daath Chronicles Book 3)
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