The Broken Crown (Sun Sword, volume 1) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Feb 2007
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The book is set in the same world as the Sacred Hunt duology; certain characters and the legacy of events in those novels do carry over, but my impression is that reading the prequels isn't vital to the enjoyment or understanding of _The Broken Crown_. Indeed, if anything I would recommend that a new reader begins here, as (to me) the quality of the prose and the control/pacing of the plot are both far superior to that in the Sacred Hunt novels.
West doesn't rush things in this first volume, introducing characters, indulging in lengthy dialogue scenes, luxuriating in her settings and set-pieces to the tune of 760 pages (which perhaps explains why the series eventually ran to six books...). The luxuriation is entirely justified, however, particularly when it comes to the chapters set in the Dominion (an intriguing culture with Indian and Japanese overtones) - specifically, those centred around Diora, Teresa, and the women of the harems. Surprisingly, there are few real subplots amid all this; virtually everything that happens contributes to the main thread of the story, even if the connection is not immediately obvious.Read more ›
The only bad thing I found was that is was quite a bit hard work to get through the book. There was just too much detail and thoughts. I beleive that if this book was edited to maker it smaller it could be only 400 pages. The story is slow, though there are parts where it picks up and at the end. The dialogue was superb, fiting well with the characters, the society for the north and south very different, where in south women have very little power, though in the north quite a bit.
I will most likely buy the 2nd in the series as the plot is very interesting. I will recommend to readers who like well detail books and who has the will to read thick books.
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The main characters, Diora and Teresa, are women in a land where women have no power. Much of the book is in fact set within various harems (although, for clarity, this is not at... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2011 by Bookworm
I've read this book, and the second in the series, plus two of the prequels, the Hunter duologies.
I have one thing to say: UTTERLY BRILLIANT! Read more
This book is awesome and I thoroughly recommend it to any fantasy book fan like myself. Michelle West is a spectacularaly good writer and this comes through perfectly in her Sun... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2004
I liked this book a lot. It was the thickest book i have read thus far in my life, and I loved it. I liked the way _the Broken Crown_ isn't at all like the other fantasy novels... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 1999
I first picked this book up because I loved the cover, then I started to read it and found out how amazing it was!! The story line is great and well thought out. Read morePublished on 19 July 1999
This novel brings you back into the world of the Hunter Duology but this time focusing on the Empire & Dominion. Evayne & Kallandras are as involved as ever. Read morePublished on 18 April 1999
"The Broken Crown" is a great book to read. Michelle West's precice attention to detail creates a vivid picture of the characters, as well as the setting. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 1998