Magic of the Lost Trilogy, #1
Every Empire Demands Revolution.
Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.
Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet’s edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.
Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren’t for sale.
US Release: March 23, 2021
UK Release: March 25, 2021
Content Warnings: depictions of colonial violence, gore, past attempted rape, threats of rape, threats of torture
Praise for The Unbroken
“Clark’s precise, thorough worldbuilding allows this remarkable novel to dive deep into the intricate workings of colonialism, exposing how power structures are maintained through social conditioning and exploring the emotional toll of political conflict. The result is a captivating story that works both as high fantasy and skillful cultural commentary.” —PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY Starred Review
“This strong debut is filled with exciting action and worldbulding, intriguing characters dealing with themes of colonization, military conscription and indoctrination, and an explosion of feelings. Readers will be clamoring for more of Touraine and Luca before they finish.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL Starred Review
“A perfect military fantasy: brutal, complex, human, and impossible to put down.” —Tasha Suri, author of EMPIRE OF SAND
“Get ready to fall in love with Touraine and Luca in one of the best fantasy debuts I have ever read!” —Matt Wallace, Hugo-award winning author of SAVAGE LEGION
“With its incisive look at the irreconcilable conflicts that colonialism wedges between desire, duty, individuality, and community, C.L. Clark’s The Unbroken is a compelling and persuasive reimagining of both heroism and heroics as something inseparable from identity, perspective, and history. It’s a deeply needed look at the myths we make, the stories we tell, and the bitterly binding ties of both blood and bondage.” —Evan Winter, author of RAGE OF DRAGONS and FIRES OF VENGEANCE
“C. L. Clark’s epic fantasy debut reveals all the ugly, painful, deeply personal complexities of revolution against empire, captured in shimmering pointillist detail. I’m in awe!” —Shelley Parker-Chan, author of SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN
“An unflinching story of colonialism and revolution and the people caught between. The Unbroken grabs you by the collar, breaks your heart over its knee, and mends it. An astonishing debut.” —Andrea Stewart, author of THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER
“High adventure on a human scale—don’t miss it.” —Alix E. Harrow, Hugo award-winning author of THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES
“A bold and exciting work that helps steer the evolution of the genre into the next decade.” —Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of THE MARADAINE SAGA
“A riveting epic fantasy about a city on the knife’s edge of rebellion.” —K. A. Doore, author of THE CHRONICLES OF GHADID
“The Unbroken is something special. I’m going to need book two ASAP.” —David Dalglish, author of SOULKEEPER