Broken (Review)

Book cover for "Broken" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: Broken

Author: Kelly Armstrong

Publication Year: 2006

Pages: 444

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Ever since she discovered she’s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she’s never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who’s given birth. But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper. As a distraction, the job seems simple enough — only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London’s underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers — unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs.

Now Elena must find a way to seal the portal before the unwelcome visitors get what they’re looking for — which, for some unknown reason, is Elena.

(This is the sixth book in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial MagicHaunted, and Chaotic (novella).)

For really the first time in a while, this book brings the werewolf pack back into the thick of things. But what I think Armstrong did really well was integrated the werewolves in with the other characters that have taken centre stage the last few books, bringing them together to sort things out as a group.

I really liked the interactions between the different characters – especially the introduction of a quirky new vampire named Zoe, and Jaime’s attempts to prove herself useful while surreptitiously checking out Jeremy. It was just a fun kind of adventure, with less emotional baggage than the last few books had entailed.

Broken was a fun pseudo-mystery with a bit of time travel-esque adventure going on. I also have a soft spot for Victorian England and the legend of Jack the Ripper, so that was a big selling point for me, helping me enjoy a story about zombies even though they’re usually not my schtick. It’s definitely a good addition to the series.


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