I received this book via the author, Jen Wylie. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Broken Prince by Jen Wylie
Series: The Broken Ones #2
Published by Untold Press on November 8, 2013
Length: 346 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Sometimes, when you're broken, you can heal on your own. Sometimes, you need the help of your friends, your family, and the people you love. Keeping those pieces together when the world seems intent on ripping you apart is the greatest challenge of all. Especially when the ones you love, the ones who hold you together, start falling apart themselves.
Arowyn and her family continue on their journey to return the Elven Prince, Shael, to his homeland before he fades and dies. A journey full of triumph and horror, love and sorrow, rips them apart with every fighting moment, and yet brings them together as a family. They don't allow the prophecy to rule their lives. Some don't believe, some don't care. Prophecies aren't written in stone. Events can change. People can change. They are only words. From besieged cites, to the elusive Were and wild Fey, nothing quite prepares them to face their deadliest of enemies, one they didn't know existed.
Broken Prince by Jen Wylie is book two of The Broken Ones and picks up just a few days after the end of book one. Prince has been revealed as an Elf to his traveling companions by the Dragos, and with that it was also revealed that he is dying. Aro and her newfound family are determined to get Prince home before that happens.
I love the characters of this series. Aro is now sixteen and since the destruction of her home and being taken as a slave, she just keeps getting stronger. The men that have surround her as her family have trained her as her brothers once did, giving her a fighting chance against the magic and evil of the world they find themselves in. They pick up a new character in their family, a were named Garen. I love this new character. He saves Aro from a siege when she is separated from the rest of the men, and it is almost instantly that he begins caring for her (in a protective manner). He makes a fun addition to the group.
Also the story just keeps getting more intricate! First and foremost, the plot for this installment is to get Prince home, to his Elven lands so he can heal and regain his magic, otherwise he will die. Then there’s the prophecy about Aro being the returning Queen who will heal the Fey. Aro knows she can take the fury from a Fey because she helps Kei do this, however Kei has asked her to stop because she is changing and can wield the fury once it’s hers. Not much is learned about the prophecy in this installment. And the romance in this book….
Aro finally comes to terms with her feelings for Prince, but this book isn’t called Broken Prince for no reason. Not only is he dying, but it is painfully obvious his conflicted feelings for Aro. I mean really!!! He risks his life in book one to save her, he’s jealous and protective of any man touching her or showing interest in her, and he only smiles when she’s around. How hard is it to admit your feelings?!?! Sorry had to vent a little. This particular thread in the story breaks my heart over and over again!
Overall, I loved this book! I think the author kept true to her series and characters, and this installment was better than the first (in my opinion). It was also a clean read with only mild violence, no foul language, and appropriate for age romance. Also blogging communities talk about cross-over reads, or books that span a larger audience than what is intended. This is one of those books! Though it’s written for the young adult reader, it can easily be enjoyed by readers of all ages (hey, I’m closing in on thirty and I love it!!!!). So if you enjoy fantasy with an epic adventure, a little romance, and a lot of action/suspense, I highly recommend this book for you. It will not disappoint!