Brokedown Palace Paperback – 5 September 2000
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- Paperback : 354 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765315041
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765315045
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.24 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : St. Martins Press-3PL; Reprint edition (5 September 2000)
- Language: : English
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"Brust is an indubitable master of swashbuckling high fantasy." --Booklist on Five Hundred Years After
"Steven Brust just might be America's best fantasy writer." --Tad Williams on Steven Brust
"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure." --Roger Zelazny on Steven Brust
"Delightful, exciting and sometimes brilliant, Steven Brust is the latest in a line of great Hungarian writers, which (I have no doubt) includes Alexandre Dumas, C. S. Forester, Mark Twain, and the author of the juciest bits of the Old Testament." --Neil Gaiman on Steven Brust
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However, his dry humor and understated narrative works for me, as long as I work to follow it.
I found Brokedown Palace to be rather dark and a little less funny that some of his other work. I am also still confused about Brigitta. Possibly because I took about a two month break right in the middle of reading.
That being said, I still very much enjoyed this story. I loved the interactions between the brothers and the complex relationship they shared. The way they each evolved as the story progressed. I especially loved Vilmos and his dedication to his Norska.
I loved that the conflict seemingly revolved around the condition of the palace, but there was really so much more at stake and at risk.
The other characters (Brigitta, Mariska, Sandor, Viktor, Bolk) were at times mystifying, but definitely added depth to the story. I had to learn that I didn't have to understand what was going on when some of these characters said things. I just had to trust that I would understand in the long run.
I find that Steven Brust is by no means an easy read, but I for one think it is worth the work to read - and enjoy!