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The Legend of Broken   by Caleb Carr
On Sale Date: November 27, 2012
9781400062836, 1400062837
$28.00 USD, $29.95 CAD
Hardcover
Fiction / Historical / General
Sales Restrictions: US, Canada, open market
Random House
752 pages
1 MAP
6.570 in W | 9.500 in H | 1.510 in T | 2.380 lb Wt
167mm W | 241mm H | 38mm T | 1,080g Wt
Status: Remaindered
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"A sprawling fantasy saga…Caleb Carr boldly goes where he's never gone before."-USA Today

Legend meets history in this mesmerizing novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Caleb Carr. Demonstrating the rich storytelling, skillful plotting, and depth of research he showcased in The Alienist, Carr has written a wildly imaginative, genre-bending saga that redefines the boundaries of literature.

Some years ago, a remarkable manuscript long rumored to exist was discovered: The Legend of Broken. It tells of a prosperous fortress city where order reigns at the point of a sword-even as scheming factions secretly vie for control of the surrounding kingdom. Meanwhile, outside the city's granite walls, an industrious tribe of exiles known as the Bane forages for sustenance in the wilds of Davon Wood.

At every turn, the lives of Broken's defenders and its would-be destroyers intertwine: Sixt Arnem, the widely respected and honorable head of the kingdom's powerful army, grapples with his conscience and newfound responsibilities amid rumors of impending war. Lord Baster-kin, master of the Merchants' Council, struggles to maintain the magnificence of his kingdom even as he pursues vainglorious dreams of power. And Keera, a gifted female tracker of the Bane tribe, embarks on a perilous journey to save her people, enlisting the aid of the notorious and brilliant philosopher Caliphestros. Together, they hope to exact a ruinous revenge on Broken, ushering in a day of reckoning when the mighty walls will be breached forever in a triumph of science over superstition.

Breathtakingly profound and compulsively readable, Caleb Carr's long-awaited new book is an action-packed, multicharacter epic of a medieval clash of cultures-in which new gods collide with old, science defies all expectation, and virtue comes in many guises. Brimming with adventure and narrative invention, The Legend of Broken is an exhilarating and enthralling masterwork.

Praise for The Legend of Broken

"An excellent and old-fashioned entertainment… The Legend of Broken seamlessly blends epic adventure with serious research and asks questions that men and women grappled with in the Dark Ages and still do today."-The Washington Post

"[A] colossal effort…a fantasy epic…meant as an allegory, a cautionary tale for our precarious times. To make his points, Carr has summoned a dream team of soldiers, wizards, and tiny forest folk."-The New York Times Book Review

"Carr keeps the action hurtling along with a steady diet of gruesome murders and political betrayals. And he clearly wants modern readers to see something of their own world in the political corruption and greed that ultimately doom Broken."-The Boston Globe
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Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, Killing Time, The Devil Soldier, and The Italian Secretary. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in upstate New York.
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New York: The Novel by Rutherfurd, Edward
11/10/2009, 9780385521383, $30.00, Hardcover, Fiction
The Alienist by Carr, Caleb
3/15/1994, 9780679417798, $29.95, , Fiction
The Angel of Darkness by Carr, Caleb
9/16/1997, 9780679435327, $5.99, , Fiction
KILLING TIME by CARR, CALEB
11/7/2000, 9780679463320, $25.95, , Fiction
The Pillars of the Earth by Follett, Ken
12/18/2007, 9780688046590, $34.99, Hardcover, Fiction
The Alienist by CARR, CALEB
10/24/2006, 9780812976144, $17.00, Trade Paperback, Fiction
The Legend of Broken by Carr, Caleb
11/27/2012, 9781400062836, $28.00, Hardcover, Fiction
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"An excellent and old-fashioned entertainment…The Legend of Broken seamlessly blends epic adventure with serious research and asks questions that men and women grappled with in the Dark Ages and still do today."-The Washington Post

"A sprawling fantasy saga…Caleb Carr boldly goes where he's never gone before."-USA Today

"Carr keeps the action hurtling along with a steady diet of gruesome murders and political betrayals. And he clearly wants modern readers to see something of their own world in the political corruption and greed that ultimately doom Broken."-The Boston Globe

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Facebook advertising targeting fans of The Alienist, Ken Follett and historical television dramas

Feature in Random Reads e-newsletter

Publicity: National media attention

National/local review and feature print attention

Online review and feature attention

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PROVEN TRACK RECORD: Fans will be eager for Caleb Carr’s first big book since The Alienist,which netted almost 300,000 copies in hardcover and has sold over two million copies in all formats to date. All of Caleb’s Random House novels have each sold more than 100,000 copies in hardcover.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: The Alienist garnered immense critical acclaim. It was hailed “gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining” (USA Today) and “a first rate tale of crime and punishment” (Entertainment Weekly), among many others.

MASTERFUL STORYTELLING: Fans of Caleb Carr know he is brilliant at characterization. Among the countless fascinating characters featured in The Legend of Broken are heroic warrior Sentek Arnem; Caliphestros, the scientist unjustly condemned for sorcery; and Keera, the brilliant female tracker of a reviled exile tribe.

MASSIVE APPEAL: The Legend of Broken will resonate with a wide audience, including both fans of Caleb Carr and readers of historical fiction in the vein of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.

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