Title: Broken Prince (Broken Ones #2)
Author: Jen Wylie
Publisher: Untold Press
Page Count: 330
What is this book about?
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.
Who wrote this?
Jen Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. 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.
Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.
I certainly was surprised that the prophecy was brought forward more than once, and that it was slowly proven to be true. But, Aro and her friends were not preoccupied by that. Again, the storyline was great and kept me interested the whole time.
I loved how no matter what, they stuck together, as a family would. I caught myself smiling more than once at that fact. I also liked that they encountered a few more friends along the way, some that stayed part of the group, and some that helped them along the way.
Broken Prince was a great read! We delve deeper in Aro's world and learn more about her magnificent group of friends she now calls family as they journey to get Prince home. The time restraints put on getting him home really kept me on my toes, and at some points saying "surely they won't stop here, right? He won't make it!" at my book out loud, which, thank goodness I'm stuck at home because I'd be getting looks.
The Dragon and the Prophecy
We delve deeper into the afore-mentioned prophecy, finally learning more about it and getting the character's reactions. I appreciate the varied reactions from each character, such as denial, eagerness, and skepticism.
Dragos comes back (yay!) multiple times throughout the novel, keeping things interesting. We get to see perhaps a softer side to his character as he both helps and hinders the group on their journey. I love learning more about the bad guy, especially when attention shifts to a new threat.
Wylie introduces a new plot point to the series - the Vor. While Dragos becomes less of a threat, there is a new set of creatures that are taking over their world. I like the introduction of a different threat that doesn't focus on the prophecy, it gave me something to be concerned about while the characters had their adventure.
To be in love with a prince
There is a lot of growth demonstrated through the characters. Their relationships evolve greatly from the first book. I love the absolutely adorable brotherly love from Kei, and the older brother vibe I get from Bo (apparently 28 in this world is old... glad I don't live there!).
Aro and Prince's relationship is... so complicated. And angsty. And possibly one sided. I love reading about it! I totally ship them, but I don't even think Prince ships them. Whatever. I will root for it and will probably be very sad at the end of this series.
I love the diverse cast of characters we get to meet in this novel. Aro's family grows - it now includes a Were, which completes the circle of different mythical creatures that make up her group of friends. This is a big talking point throughout the story as they meet different characters; it's unheard of to see human, Were, Elf, and Fey alike working together. I find it opens the story to so many possible avenues and opportunities.
Dying is an art
The strong bond between Aro and her group is a continued display of the importance of family. I absolutely adore that Wylie really reinforces that family can be chosen, and that it's ok to rely on others sometimes.
Another very strong message in Broken Prince was perseverance. Not to spoil anything, but really, these people should all be dead by now, and I think the message that was conveyed through this is that perseverance and family are really the two most important things for these characters. Bonds can heal any wound. I really liked those scenes, even as disgusting as some of them were (gut rot is real, yo).
Left me wanting more
Broken Prince ended in such a way that I quite literally put it down and immediately picked up book three, Broken Promises. How can you not? I just loved the angst and psychological torment, especially toward the end of the book, and I just want to know what's going to happen with that damn prophecy!
I give Broken Prince 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Check back in soon to read my review of Broken Promises, book three in the series.
Until then, read on.
~ Hayley's Reviews, xo