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Broken Arrow

(Darkened Destiny Saga #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Ealdred is the son of no one. A half-breed slave. Born to serve.

And yet magic lives within him.

When a freak accident reveals his powers not only to himself, but to the world, Ealdred is forced to flee for his life, only to fall into the hands of the dark sorcerer, Zeldek. Suddenly, he is thrown into a world he never knew existed. The legends are real, the Vaelhyreans of o
First Edition , 463 pages
Published July 29th 2018 by Imperatrix Publishing (first published April 29th 2018)
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Azaria Durant
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Broken Arrow was my project and passion between the ages of 14 and 19, and I put basically all of my struggles into it. The story and characters were very real to me, and I enjoyed writing every word. What I want most for my reader (you) as you enter the magical, epic, and dangerous world of Theara is that you are immersed in it and it can be as real to you as it was for me. I hope that the characters stick with you for a long time.
But I already know you will enjoy it. Because it's a great book
Jessica Rachow
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn into Broken Arrow immediately, from the first page. The writing is really intriguing, and I just wanted to know what was happening. I read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I’m really impressed with Azaria M. J. Durant’s ability to create captivating characters and beautiful descriptions.

There are twists and turns at every corner. It was fast paced, and even with some more complex character names, each character felt real. I never found myself lost or trying to
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received from Xpresso Book Tours

Broken Arrow describes such a rich fantasy world. I especially love the mix of political and magical system, it's very vast and interesting. I love reading a fantasy book with thought out setting.

Ealdred is just a boy living a very hard life. Sold as a slave from a very young age and is constantly beaten and yelled at. No matter the amount of abuse, he stayed good on the inside. After particularly hard punishment, something magical happens and he has to run. This
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After almost a year of not reading anything except school books, Azaria sent me an advance copy and I devoured this book in a day in a half. The characters are fascinating and complex, the story is amazingly developed, and the world feels completely real. While most fantasy books tend to explain their world and magic in long, dull passages, Broken Arrow explores these aspects of the story in engaging, fascinating ways. I'm excited to reread a published copy soon.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Broken Arrow” by Azaria M.J. Durant is a high-speed adventure with twists at every turn; this book was a superb read. I could hardly put the book down! When Ealdred is captured by the vile Zeldrek, he meets an unexpected ally and they set off to find the Broken Arrow, an alleged weapon that will be able to vanquish Zeldrek once and for all. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and adventure. I can hardly wait till I forget the plot so I may read it again! I look forward to a se ...more
Amanda Kern
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

This is an awesome book. I can't wait till the next one. I read this book as unlimited and ended up following the author and actually buyi n the book. Please try it out.
Destiny Bridwell
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The pacing of this tale kept me turning the pages from page one until I closed the back cover a couple of hours later. I loved the world building and how the characters pulled you along on their journey. I sometimes have an issue with some fantasy. But I found all the answers I needed and the tale was put together very well. The POVs of the characters are sharp and clear. This makes it very easy to follow the story and who's voice is t ...more
J Plaza
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Broken Arrow by Azaria M.J. Durant is one of those books that I am overjoyed to name a forever favorite of mine. From the very first chapter, Azaria weaves together a wonderful fantasy filled with characters that burst with life, a world of magic, and an adventure impossible to put down. Ealdred, a half-breed slave boy, has a rare gift: magic. And Zeldek, a dark sorcerer, will stop at nothing to gain Ealdred’s allegiance, and his power. Yanked from life as he’s known it and thrust into a world w ...more
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Broken Arrow is first in Durant's Darkened Destiny series, following the adventures of half-breed Ealdred. Despised for what he is, Ealdred has been a slave his entire life. When the sorcerer Zeldek captures Ealdred and brings him to the stronghold of Gaiztoak, he learns there's more to his past than ever he realised. Zeldek tries to convince Ealdred to join forces with him. Ealdred refuses, and later is ‘freed’ by Zeldek’s general, Bellator, who is convinced that Ealdred has what it takes to me ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Women in Fantasy

I was excited to see so many women in positions of power—in the councils, in their legends/stories, as sidekicks, as a protagonist. Bellator, who reminded me of Black Widow in a lot of ways, was the most obvious strong woman. But every woman who featured showed a different kind of strength—loyalty, love, patience. Mental, emotional, and physical strength were all displayed through these female characters, which was a welcome departure from clichés of “her personality is knockin
CS Taylor
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-fantasy
Incredibly developed story. It had a rich world, mythology. Bountiful, beautifully written characters. A carefully built plot. Excellent play on cliches that made them feel new.

This story drew me in right away. It had a great voice. It had beautiful description. It had well-written and consistent characters.

It's often difficult to keep me interested or invested in a story. I get bored having read very widely in fantasy. But I had neither of those problems with this book. It kept my attention f
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing storyline, strong characters ( I would like the male protagonist to be stronger but I understand he has't been trained yet so) I love fantasy books and these kind of lovely book cover so this can't really go wrong with me.

It is possible for you to be confused at the first few chapters, but you'll be fine! Don't worry. I like how the male protagonist develops his powers slowly, in a more realistic pace. Unlike some other books that went from a poor guy to the strongest in a nanosecond
Jessica Crespino
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I absolutely loved the characterization. The self-reflective male protagonist (Ealdred) was a nice change from the many headstrong or confident male characters out there, but my favorite character by far was Bellator, for the complexities and subtly-hinted-at backstory. Truly a character well woven.
There were times when I was a bit confused as to the current step in the overall plot, but the action, relationships, and plot twists kept the story moving swiftly enough that I never felt lost in wha
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No Spoiler Review. Imaginative. Rolling out with a good pace, in a well constructed world, Broken Arrow managed to subvert my expectation! It answered important questions set from the beginning, while raising more questions in the end...questions that need answering, begging for further adventure. Well done!
Teresa Lavender
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Won this here on goodreads. I LOVED this book. I struggled with the cruelty to children in this book, but I understand it was part of the story. Well executed characters and story line. It only became predictable when the pieces were pulled together. Can't wait to see how the rest of the series plays out!
Arlene Mullen
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book starts at a council of Gaiztoak meeting where Zeldek tells of how the world is coming to dangerous times and the boy needs to be brought in and give allegiance to him. He is found as a slave and taken after a battle against his will. He is brought to Zeldeks castle and locked up until he decides to submit.
I really enjoyed this book. The scenes were so beautifully described. The book moves at a great pace. I loved Bellator. She is not as she seems in the beginning. Ealdred has a strengt
Valicity Garris
I’ve been getting a lot of fantasy showing up in my inbox lately and Broken Arrow has left me with no regrets! What a wonderfully written and deeply moving story! There are so many times where, as an editor and a book blogger, I begin to feel weighed down by my work. I start treating the books I read as chores and simply plow through them, sketching down notes of every error and dislike I come across while reading. But every so often I am brought back to the time I read for fun—back when I enjoy ...more
Amy Shannon
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pulls the reader right in

From Chapter one, this story pulls you right in. You want to know about this figure and what is going to happen next. The imagery and flow of the words paints a grand story bringing the reader smack in the middle. The characters had a sense of depth, and make the reader wonder and want more of them. The Master and his tools, his slaves, create a wondrous and intimidating story. The story is divided into two parts, with different POVs. It's a mythical story that brings th
Garrett Johnson
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Broken Arrow is among the best books I've ever read. Ealdred is an amazing main character, and the journey he has to undertake is equally awesome. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.
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Azaria M.J. Durant is a passionate writer of fantasy with plans to branch out into sci-fi and dystopian. She enjoys writing stories with lots of adventure, unexpected twists, and fleshed out characters that challenge gender roles and expectations.

Azaria is currently traveling North America with her family in an RV. In the moments when she isn’t writing, she is sketching concept art for her stories