One of the neatest, quickest shortcuts in the book reviewer’s repertoire is the trick where you try to distill your book down to one word. It’s the kind of approach that everyone understands, which is one reason why you see it so often. The other reason is that it works --- or, more accurately, works some of the time.
It’s really an unfair trick, though, especially with a big, sprawling, ambitious work like THE LEGEND OF BROKEN. The most appealing single word to describe Caleb Carr’s new epic fantasy novel is probably “scholarly.” That doesn’t approximate everything that the book is, not by a long shot, but at least it