Book Review: The Broken Ones

There aren’t many authors who I want to completely shatter me when it comes to romance and fantasy, but Danielle L. Jensen, author of the The Malediction Trilogy is an exception. Make no mistake, The Broken Ones is a beautiful romance, but be sure to have chocolate, a cuddly pillow, or kleenex (or all of the above) because you’ll need it. The story is engaging, complex, and breathtaking. I couldn’t get enough. There were so many layers, so many sides, so much betrayal and desperation that you can’t help but feel for Marc and Penelope’s sweeping romance. I had high expectations, and they were beyond exceeded. This is one for romance-lovers who want a book that will have them rooting for two stellar characters in a world where the odds are constantly set against them.

A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.

After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.


I knew the moment I picked up The Broken Ones that it would break my heart. While I definitely got what I’d expected, and that is not a bad thing at all. It was rewarding to return to the harsh, yet beautiful world of Trollus and its cruel tyranny. I’ve always loved Marc and have had a soft spot for him from the beginning, and it was great to have him in the spotlight for a change, though honestly, his and Penelope’s story was filled with so much struggle and so much strife it was heartbreaking to read. But I loved it. Marc’s journey and his internal struggles made him such a layered character, and it was great to see that Penelope’s reputation lived up to her. She was sweet and strong and I fell halfway in love with her myself. Even though I knew how the story would end, I was nonetheless swept up in a beautiful romance that defied all expectations. It truly was two against the world, the kind of romance that everyone dreams about. There were so many challenges the duo faced regarding the tyranny and the plots to overthrow it, with so many betrayals and lies and deceptions I could scarcely keep up, all of it leading to an emotional climax that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. I was quickly reminded why I love this series and if you’re a fan, you cannot miss out on this one. Absolutely beautiful!



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