Title: Broken Promise (The Broken Ones #3)
Author: Jen Wylie Publisher: Untold Press
What is this book about?
A year of turmoil takes its toll on Arowyn Mason and her companions. After delivering the Elven prince to his homeland, they decide to ride out the winter in the city of Westport before starting their quest to heal the Fey. Like most things in Aro’s life, nothing goes according to plan.
As Kei struggles with the prophecy bound within him, his sanity begins to unravel. A prophecy and a promise are broken, and forgotten threats resurface with dire consequences. The Dragos is watching and the Were king is displeased with the disregard of Were law. Aro scrambles as yet another threat emerges. The Elves, displeased with their prince, exploit his only weakness…her.
Aro is forced to find a new ally, a cold-hearted, ruthless pirate named Roan. He is more than he seems and Aro must learn who she can trust, or it will cost more than just her life. She has grown stronger, but is it enough to save herself, her family, and the Elf she loves?
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.
The big slow down
Broken Promise was an intense and also slowed down book compared to the first two books in the series. We are used to a fast paced, no stalling story, and we are met with events that take Aro and her pack's progress to a grinding halt.
It was super interesting to take some time to learn more about all of the factors that contribute to the main goal of the story: healing the Fey and fighting the Vor. I think it was very easy to forget about the goals in the first two books, and here we really focus on the subject, which was great.
Politics and Prophecies
The pace of this story was significantly slowed down compared to the rest of the series. An almost devastating event causes Aro to go into hiding for almost the entire book, in which case we get a rare glimpse into her psyche.
We also learn a lot more about elven politics and the prophecy, which is a great setup for the next novel. Prince stays a prominent talking point throughout the book, and a lot of the events of the book revolve around him, but OH MY GOD do I miss him! No matter how much the characters talk about him, it is so hard not to hear from him or read about him directly.
A whole new cast of characters
I appreciate that the character's attitudes reflected the change of pace in the story. Each of them had a unique perspective on the situation and very different outcomes.
We FINALLY get to meet Roan, the mysterious, dangerous pirate we heard about repeatedly in Broken Prince. Believe me, he did not disappoint. There is so much more to him than his persona that we hear about over and over again, which makes him such an incredible character.
We also meet Baelan, though I won't spoil who he is, why he's around, and what he does. Basically I'm telling you he's a compelling character and you should read the series to find out more about him. Enough said.
Broken Promise was centered around willpower and strength. Aro fights through some addiction issues and must figure out how to fight the urges, and reduce her need for it. The issue of addiction is brought up many times in the novel, and it demonstrates how hard it can be to break free, even for people are are willing and able.
Time for romance?
Broken Promise has badass pirates, crazy assassin elves, and... a budding romance? You'll have to read to find out! Despite the needed respite, I am really looking forward to seeing where the group will go next in book four, Broken Kei.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Stay tuned for my review of the fourth book in the series, Broken Kei.
Until then, read on.
~ Hayley's Reviews, xo