Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
370 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2018
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Splintered by Curt Locklear is one of those novels that demand your attention because of its well-crafted and well-developed plot line. The story was going in different directions, yet none of them were out of place or made me wonder, “Now why did that happen?” Everything was connected so well, every character was so perfectly drawn and described that I felt at one with them. The story itself was very engrossing. I was enthralled with the amount of emotion poured into the words by the author. You can feel that right from the get go and you will find it till the very last word of the novel.

The story follows all the favorite characters from Asunder, including the desperate Cynthia who is still trying to meet with the spirit of her husband, Joseph, to set him free and help him get on with his afterlife; and Sara Reeder and Constance Carver who are slowly finding their way. Their lives are in an upheaval because of the Civil War and there is not much that they can do about it other than wait for their time and try to survive the depressing atmosphere.

What I really loved about the novel is how every character was given enough page space to grow. The characters seem to breathe and come alive on the pages. Through the descriptions and dialogues, Curt Locklear ensured that the reader had enough material to understand the novel and be interested enough to read on. I really enjoyed his writing style as well, which was perfect for a novel like this. It aptly fitted the theme of the novel. A really enjoyable and interesting read.

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Splintered by Curt Locklear is a historical novel that features an exciting cast of characters, set against the backdrop of the Civil War, a story that explores the different beliefs shared by those fighting in the war, and the question of why they even care so much to fight? It is a character-driven story that explores the themes of war, politics, patriotism, and what ordinary people could do when faced with a life or death question.

The story starts with a bang and the conflict escalates pretty fast, moving from the death of Willie, Lincoln's son, to involve a great cast of characters, a monumental conflict that moves swiftly to a finish that will take readers by surprise. Here is a story that features very compelling characters and is intelligently plotted and executed with mastery, with powerful historical references. Readers will encounter characters with diverse, at times very conflicting views, but they are characters that are imagined to reflect the reality of a world at war.

The writing is beautiful and it captures the different elements of the setting — historical, physical, and spiritual — in a powerful way. It features great, plot-driven dialogues, wonderful descriptions of action-paced scenes, emotional and psychological depth of characters, and compelling plot lines. I loved Curt Locklear’s social commentaries which make the setting come alive in the reader’s mind. I also enjoyed the way conflict is developed in this story, including individual struggles and the greater evil of war that plagued American society. Splintered is a well-crafted historical novel that will delight readers with its great prose and swift pacing.