The cover of Unbroken Truth by Lukas Lundh

Unbroken Truth is Lukas Lundh’s debut novel, a detective novel set in a fantasy world filled with lore.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a free Advanced Review Copy of Unbroken Truth in return for an honest review.

Unbroken Truth is set in the city of Lansfyrd, and follows Detective Lentsay “Len” Yoriya of the Lansfyrd PD. Len is a homocide detective who has been moved to solving burglaries and other petty crimes because of xenophobia against her partner. Vli-Rana Talie works as a lecturer at the Lansfyrd University, studying history. Vli uncovers an artifact that could change the world’s perception of their past, putting herself and those they love in danger.

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My review

Unbroken Truth is a truly ambitious first novel! While it is a detective story, it is also a rich fantasy that has an immersive and detailed world.

The first half of the book is quite slow paced, taking time to introduce the characters of Len and Vli as well as the world around them. There is a lot of political factions as well as different species that share the city, including xentarans and eningas. At first I found it difficult to keep track of it all as there is so much that it can be a little overwhelming. However, this made the book completely immersive — the world is so rich and full of so many fascinating details. For example, I loved small details like this: “Through a radio somewhere, violin music was playing in the style of the Iron Wall Republic, the closest enigma state that bordered to the Lanshold to the west, slow and contemplative.”

The world feels incredibly bleak, with large amounts of pollution in the world meaning that goggles and filter masks must be worn outside. While the city has many different races living together, things are definitely not peaceful and harmonious. Through Len and Vli’s eyes we get to see the casual racism and xenophobia that both characters have to live with — Len has even been moved departments because of her boss’s view of her partner’s race. This just added to the realism and depth of the world. They are also a lesbian couple, and again, Vli is pleased that one of her more conservative friends hasn’t said anything about their relationship.

The story itself was really interesting, though it’s only towards the second half of the book that it starts to speed up and become more central to the plot. I also really liked Len and Vli’s relationship — it feels very genuine and loving.

Overall, this is a really strong first novel — I was blown away by the Tolkein-levels of detail included about the world and its lore. While I read this initially because it was described as a ‘steelpunk spy thriller’, there is so much more to it. Despite the slow start I really enjoyed it and felt incredibly immersed in this new world. I really look forward to reading the second book in the series!

The blurb for Unbroken Truth

Beneath the arcane Rustpeaks lies the city of Lansfyrd, where visibility is at an all-time low and airships rumble through the skies. Detective Lentsay “Len” Yoriya is a former homicide detective stuck at a burglary assignment as punishment for loving the wrong person. But when a xenophobic radio-shaman is murdered and the killers try to frame the city’s oppressed insectoids, Len sees a chance to prove her worth. Though high-profile murders are rarely uncomplicated.

In the city’s affluent quarters, Len’s partner Vli-Rana Talie works as a lector at the university, studying the history of a species that once ruled the world. As the temperature rises for her partner, Vli will soon realize that delving into history, that some would prefer was forgotten, will carry risks of its own. Especially when the ambitions of empires are affected.

Meanwhile, there is an election coming up, and the tension simmering in the city is reaching a boiling point. Vli and Len must find what allies they can and face the powers that threaten their home.

History never ends, and unless its lessons are heeded what was once the past might become the present.

Lukas Lundh, the author of Unbroken TruthAbout the author, Lukas Lundh

Lukas Lundh grew up around books and started writing in early childhood. He speaks English, Swedish and Japanese from living in New Zealand as a teen and studying for a year in Japan in early 20s.

He is educated in philosophy, game design, creative writing and is currently working on a history degree.

Between reading course books which inspire history flash-fictions, Lukas writes everything in between space opera, fantasy steelpunk, and post-ap war dystopias.

His debut novel, a steelpunk spy thriller, Unbroken Truth, is available for pre-order. He doesn’t blog, but he is active on Twitter as @LundhLukas.

Unbroken Truth is now available to buy from all major retailers — visit books2read to view all your purchase options.