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Prophecy's Ruin (Broken Well Trilogy Book 1) by [Bowring, Sam]
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'One of the coolest fantasy series to come along in an age' aurealisXpress

Two heroes, one soul, and all the world to conquer - the first book in The Broken Well Trilogy.

'Prophecy's Ruin may just be the start of the next big thing in Australian Fantasy.' Weekend Australian

'Two of the most intriguing protagonists I've encountered in a long time' Bookseller and Publisher

'Sam Bowring's debut is the stuff of fantasy writers' fantasies. An epic, enthralling, towering triumph' aurealisXpress

For a millennium the lands of Kainordas and Fenvarrow have been at war, ever since the gods of shadow and light broke the Great Well of Souls. In the absence of victory, they have settled into an uneasy stalemate - until a prophecy foretells of a child of power who will finally break the balance. Each side races to find the child, and when they do, a battle ensues with unexpected consequences - in a terrible accident, the child's very soul is ripped in two. Each side retreats with their own part of the child, uncertain as to whether they now possess the one capable of finally ending their age-old battle.

PROPHECY'S RUIN tells the story of the two boys as they grow to be men. Bel becomes a charismatic though troubled warrior, Losara an enigmatic and thoughtful mage. Both are powerful young men, yet incomplete. As they struggle to discover their place in the world and the shape of their destinies, inevitably each has to ask the ultimate question: will he, one day, have to face himself?

** Includes preview chapters of Book 2 in the Broken Well trilogy: DESTINY'S RIFT **


Sam Bowring is a stand-up comedian and author living in Sydney, Australia. As well as the acclaimed Broken Well Trilogy and the Strange Threads Duology, he has also written children's books and for a number of television shows.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2426 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FLROV6
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,657 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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By Lazy Dai TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 February 2017
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Not great and I didn't finish it but it's not that bad that I've removed it altogether from my Kindle. It just felt a bit derivative and a bit of a yawn really and after half-way through this the first book in the trilogy it was already looking obvious how it was going to work out (although I may be completely wrong of course). I may get round to finishing it if I have a lazy few days but it's not high on the list.
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It's been several years since I read the Broken Well series, but it still stands out as one of the better high fantasy series. It starts with the birth of a child prophesied to end a millenia-long war, which makes for a fairly standard opening. By terrible accident, however, the child is divided into two beings, one raised by darkness and one by light, who are drawn into a confrontation to decide the fate of the world.

This series is a brilliant subversion of the light=good and darkness=evil trope that Tolkien first introduced. Neither side is overly benign, committing terrible sins in their drive to win; each has their own particular beauty that stands on the brink of annihilation. Common fantasy devices like soulmates, cute animal sidekicks, and long-lost brothers are subverted or deconstructed, creating a series that is never quite what you're expecting, but all the better for it. My one warning would be that the two main characters are sometimes rather flat to read, a little too detached from their situation. However, seeing as they are each stunted in some way by the early separation, I wonder if this might be a deliberate decision by the author to show how far they are from whole.

This is not a series that I'm compelled to re-read over and over again, as I would for Robert Jordon or Robin Hobb for example, but it is one that has stuck with me over the years. I'd recommend it for high-fantasy buffs who would enjoy having their expectations twisted.
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I originally read this as a paperback and saw it available for kindle for free and decided to pick it up and read it again, and was reminded how much I liked it.

At it's heart this is a book about conflict. Conflict between two halves of a world, conflict between characters and conflict within the characters themselves. It explores and plays with the concepts of good and evil in many really interesting ways.

The book has some really interesting and well fleshed out fantasy characters, not just the typical Elves and Dwarves. Characters are not just good or evil, some are good doing evil things (such as Fazel the possessed undead mage who is forced to fight for the side of evil) and others are evil doing good (Iassia the weaver bird who is leading people astray). I found myself really caring about the all the characters, even the seemingly evil ones, and was quite emotionally invested in all of their journeys.

It's not just a character driven book, the action sequences are fantastic. The opening battle is really gripping and after reading it I really couldn't wait for the next one to come.

As someone who enjoys fantasy novels as well as other types of novels I found this book, and the rest of the series to be a lot of fun to read and very interesting on a lot of different levels.
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This is a remarkable work of high fantasy written for an audience who has grown up with gaming.

Easy to read and accessible, the central themes finding identity and exploring power through the balance of good verses evil are explored through an entirely fresh lens.

The most brilliant aspect of the book for my mind however, is the depiction of magic. The way magic is represented throughout the book is dynamic and powerful. It seethes, pulses and punctuates the narrative with explosive flair.

The first mage battle in particular is absolutely stunning, and a sequence that will last in my memory for a long time.

Absolutely recommended for old hands looking for something new in fantasy, or for new readers who are looking for an enticing route into the genre.
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As Book 1 of the Broken Well Trilogy, this engaging, entertaining read is easy to pick up and get in to. I really enjoyed it and challenge anyone to read it without then picking up the others in the trilogy. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone from advanced children to adults. Bowring skillfully guides Fantasy Fiction fans, or those new to the genre, through his twisted tales and vivid imagery with craftsman like ease. I could easily see these books translating to film - and I attribute this to the ability of the author to paint the mindscape so vividly.
In fact, the only problem with these novels is that I chose to start reading them on my Honeymoon.... we're working through the abandonment issues with therapy.
Thanks Bowring.
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The opening battle in this grand adventure is one of the best wizard fights of all times! A dour old spellcaster who is obliged to the dark side matches wits with a fresh faced spell weaver from the side of good...and the results are not at all what you expect! This is a delightfully exciting way to set the tone for this book (and series) that constantly bends, flips and downright subverts the conventions of fantasy but with a love for the genre ever present. Humour, deeply realized characters, a central conceit that I have never encountered ever...and some of the best "bad" guys ever to strap on a sword or hurl an incantation.
You may also want to rethink your butterfly collection when all is said and done ;)
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