Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don’t know anyone around you, and some of them aren’t even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro’s was to escape and to survive.
Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn’t mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.
Disclaimer: This review was previously posted on Lunar Havens Reviews & Designs
First and foremost I would like to say thank you to Author Jen Wylie for allowing me the opportunity to review Broken Aro, the first in The Broken Ones Series. When I received the blurb it instantly intrigued me. It doesn’t give much away about what the plot of the book is, but it does capture your interest by the sheer mystery of how it is written.
Broken Aro revolves around Arowyn, the youngest in her family and also the only girl. After attempting to escape with her brothers from the city she is stolen away from her family by slavers. Held captive and pretending to be a boy, she befriends some of the men who were also snatched by the slavers. But to her luck, she recognizes one of the men who also recognizes her as a girl and the youngest of the Mason family. No longer alone she begins to feel a bit better, but then after meeting two other captives she begins to form an interesting bond with them both….
And that’s when things really begin to take an interesting turn….
As of late I have really found an interest in the Fantasy genres. This story only piqued my interest and has pushed me into finding more books like it, although I am not sure if you could find one as well-written and as captivating as Broken Aro. Though sometimes I find that when authors write so much detail in their story it can lag and cause disinterest, Jen Wylie has found a way to give details and still keep the reader’s interest locked reading the pages. I found that the details of the surroundings, the character’s feelings and overall setting were helpful in creating the actual events in one’s own mind. There is just something very unique in the story of Broken Aro that I cannot quite pinpoint, but it truly has me thinking of all the possibilities for the future books in the series.
I am especially interested in seeing where the relationship between Aro, Kei and Prince will lead to. I can tell there is a romance brewing somewhere in that triangle (and no not between the men at all) but at this time I am unsure if it will involve both men fighting over Aro or Aro falling for one or the other on her own… Perhaps even the one that she was warned not to love (Yes a little teaser of my own).
Now let us talk about the cliffhanger at the end. When I got to the last page I stared blankly at my Nook for a while. I couldn’t believe that was how it was ending; it really leaves you wondering and cursing in your mind about what is going to happen. So I must say congratulations Jen, you have now caused my anxiousness and the need to have the next book in the series.
So in the end, the main question all of you must be wondering, if you haven’t figured out the answer yourself from my review that is, Do I recommend this book? Of course I do! If you are looking for something in the Fantasy genre that deals with adventure, prophecies and a girl who is not only independent but also loves her knives? This is the book for you!
Jen Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold. Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales. Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.