The Broken Ones: (Prequel to the Malediction Trilogy)

The Broken Ones: (Prequel to the Malediction Trilogy)

by Danielle L. Jensen


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Prequel to the USA Today Bestselling 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.

File Under: Fantasy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857666970
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 411,382
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

DANIELLE L JENSEN was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

Author hometown: Calgary, Canada

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The Broken Ones: (Prequel to the Malediction Trilogy) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
katyacollado3 More than 1 year ago
This book was so heartbreaking and full of drama and political intrigue. Marc was one my favorite character from the Malediction trilogy his noble heart and courage make me love him and be heart broken by the end of the trilogy. I was so excited to read a book about his story with Penelope due to the strong love he had for her. I will recommend this book to everyone !! This fantasy series is one of the best and is so underrated. This book was everything I hoped it would be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having previously read the Malediction Trilogy I was excited at the prospect of reading a prequel novel that focused on Marc and Penelope's story. Despite knowing what the outcome of the novel would be, due to having known Marc's backstory from the trilogy, there was still much to discover about the world and its characters. The plot kept me captivated with its political intrigue and the Duke d’Angoulême made a great villain. One of the most compelling aspects of the novel was the emotion. I felt connected to the characters; the emotions they showed throughout the story felt raw and real. The Broken Ones gave me everything I was hoping for out of a prequel novel and was a great addition to the world of Trollus.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
I recently read the entire Stolen Songbird trilogy over the course of a few days. I was swept away into the world of Trollus, sneaking a few more pages whenever possible (having the ebooks on my phone made this a lot easier). The Broken Ones is a prequel novel that chronicles the Romeo and Juliet-esque relationship between Mark and Penelope. It also reveals so much more about all of the characters I grew to know and love from the trilogy. While their pasts were well-explored in the series, there was something different about being able to see how it had unfolded and how their relationships had changed over time. Plus I'm a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet retellings, particularly if they involve magic. Even though I knew how the story would evolve and how it would end, there was still enough tension to keep me intrigued. The secrecy surrounding the rebellion and the double-crossing Mark and Penelope initially are involved in kept the stakes high throughout the book. I loved Mark, he was so precious and adorable. Penelope, despite her extremely sheltered upbringing, was a courageous young woman who shone incredibly bright. I loved that the author didn't try to sugarcoat any of the difficulties the couple faced, even if it was heartbreaking at times. There was a wonderful contrast between the stolen sweet and tender moments between Mark and Penelope and the dangerous political intrigue going on in the world. If you're a fan of The Stolen Songbird series, definitely read this one for more of your favorite characters. If you haven't read the series but love fantasy and a good romance, check this one out. It can be read either before or after the trilogy. The Broken Ones was a beautifully written book that I really enjoyed.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen *4 Stars* Characters: Marc: There is so much more to Marc than you initially realize. I loved Marc for his character, his loyalty, and his dedication to those he cared for. Penelope: Penelope was a ray of sunshine in this story. She was dealt such a sorry hand but never let it harden her. I have such admiration for her. Tristan: *Sigh* Tristan you didn’t do it for me in this one. I understand you had a role to play but it was so hard to read. Anais: I really enjoyed seeing Anais more in this book. I felt closer to her than I did in Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress. Loved seeing her thought process and protectiveness for her sister. Duke Angouleme: Can I just say what an awesome villain the Duke is?! Man, I can’t stand that guy!! Marc’s Parents: I know I’m going over the top talking about individual characters BUTTTT I just HAD to talk about Marc’s parents. GAHHHHH. I loved them soo much! They were the ultimate parents. I could actually feel the love they had for each other and for their son Marc. *gushes* Overall: This one really tugged on my heart strings. It was a really touching story that made you feel several emotions throughout the book. You think things are one way to find out that they truly aren’t as they seem. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump here lately and I’m just now able to pick something back up. I went with The Broken Ones because I really enjoyed the previous two books I read in this series. I struggled with Tristan in this one because he had to play this awful role and he was really good at playing the part. I found myself believing he was evil even though I knew he wasn’t. It was heartbreaking to read. Sweet Penelope was the shining star in this book. All she wanted was to be loved. She wanted everyone to have equal rights and be treated fairly. Was that so much to ask?! Too much to want out of life?! In this story we see Marc and Penelope’s relationship blossom. I wish we saw the beginning of their relationship (The part where they fell for each other). It was pretty hard to love their relationship in the beginning because they just kept saying “I’ve always loved you” or “I never thought I could have you even though you’re all I wanted”. ((Those aren’t word for word quotes but you get the gist)). So I did struggle with Marc and Penelope in the beginning, but once the story got rolling you couldn’t help but root for them. A funny thing was throughout the whole book I turned my Grey’s Anatomy knowledge on and kept trying to think of ways to help Penelope. My brain kept saying “Well on Grey’s Anatomy they did this and that, maybe that will help her.” I thought it was hilarious looking back so I thought I’d share haha. Overall, I really enjoyed the latest installment in the Malediction Series. I loved diving deeper into Marc and Penelope’s history as well as the other characters. **It has been recommended by the author to read Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, The Broken Ones and then Warrior Witch.** P.S. Another thing that hit me while I was reading this was on page 149 (in my book), it talks about only Marc and his father having the keys to the labyrinth. So when these horrible full bloods (or whoever) wanted to get rid of someone, Marc/his Father HAD to let them in knowing good and well what they were about to do. I can’t imagine the grief they must have felt for playing any role in what was going on.
kreime0 More than 1 year ago
When I first discovered Stolen Songbird I absolutely fell in love with it, and immediately bought the remaining two in the series. I love the world that Jensen has built and the characters are all unique and fascinating. It is actually now one of my favorite fantasy series. So when I heard that we were getting a prequel novel that would detail Marc's past with Penelope, I lost my head. There was a giveaway going for it on Goodreads that I immediately entered, and then I decided I could wait no longer. I needed this book NOW. So I withdrew my name from the giveaway and purchased my own copy as soon as it was available from Barnes and Noble. Happy very early birthday to me. :) Marc is one of my favorite characters from the Malediction trilogy, and finally getting to see what happened in his past was a fun and emotional ride. The book had a bit of a rocky start, with everything happening so suddenly to just jump into the main issue (also, why would Tristan and Anais start a duel during a bonding ceremony? That seemed really weird to me). Everything was a bit fast-paced, which might be why it took me a while to warm up to Penelope. I couldn't understand the need for everyone to sugarcoat their words for her when it is so clear she's a strong and feisty girl. Once they were hanging out regularly, though, and the political intrigue built up I found myself unable to stop reading. It's fascinating to get this backstory to not only Marc but also to the relationship between Anais and Tristan, as well as a bit more insight to the Duke's character. Everything that happens in Stolen Songbird and beyond- the intrigue, the way relationships are portrayed- makes more sense. This was an excellent sub story for the series. It added value to the original series and fuels my love for the original characters, as well as new ones. Beautiful and well thought out. "What will I be without you?" "Yourself." I knew I would cry and I did. Thank you Danielle Jensen for this series. I look forward to your future projects! Now for a minor complaint. I really dislike that this is called a prequel novel. I don't think it stands very well as a standalone novel. Yes, we are given background information, but not enough to make anyone coming in without knowledge of the Malediction trilogy fully understand the depth of what is going on. To call it .6 of the series will make readers assume they can read it before Stolen Songbird, which I would not recommend at all. Given certain spoilers, and the author's own advice, this book should not be read until after book two, Hidden Huntress (although since Hidden Huntress ends on a major cliffhanger that is continued immediately in Warrior Witch, the reader might be compelled to finish all three before going back to read Broken Ones). In any case, I consider this to be a companion novel, not a prequel. You will love it so much more if you read the series first. *I first posted this review on Goodreads
Kami-C More than 1 year ago
Even though The Broken Ones is the prequel to The Malediction Trilogy, I think it would be better to read this after at least the first book in the series. Still, it's intriguing and makes me want to continue reading. Plus the cover is beautiful! The writing isn't the best that I've read and the plot is pretty generic, but I'll still continue reading Danielle Jensen's books! :D
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
At the time of reading this book, it had been three years since I read Stolen Songbird, so I was mostly going into it without much idea of the plot of that story, except for some key characters in it. This prequel, The Broken Ones, is about Marc and his wife, Penelope, and is told in their alternating narratives, as well as an epilogue from Tristan's. It gives a glimpse into life in Trollus before Cecile's arrival and the whole prophecy setting in motion. This is about the problems with the trolls who were afflicted, and how their lives were affected by the curse upon them, and the centuries of living underground thereafter. In terms of court intrigue, the story serves a smorgasbord of mystery, and plots. There is the resistance growing in the sidelines, Tristan's and Marc's relationship with their friends being tested, Penelope and her sister thrown into it as spies, and the Duke (their father) setting trap after trap for them all. It was wildly unpredictable and wholly thrilling to read this book - I honestly couldn't put it down because I was so busy, my eyes burning through the pages as I was afraid what might befall the characters. I mean, I remembered some characters being in SS and some not, so I could guess at some things, but Jensen still kept me on my toes. And in a week of disappointing books, this one has lifted my spirits. As a prequel or as a story in itself, this book is outstanding. If you are planning to start with this series, however, please read Stolen Songbird first, at least, so as not to be spoiled for the latter.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“The Broken Ones” is a prequel to the Malediction Trilogy. I’ll admit that I have not read the trilogy, but since this was a prequel, I was hoping it wouldn’t matter. The world-building is lacking, however, in this prequel, and for that reason, I would say it is mainly intended for people who have already read the trilogy. This one seems to provide a backstory for a few key characters in the trilogy (further research led me to their roles in the trilogy as well as information about the world). Here, in Trollus, trolls are born primarily with powers in a fae-like manner and those who are not pure-blooded (e.g. half-bloods) are treated very poorly- as are the pure-bloods born without enough powers, like Penelope. There is a revolution underfoot (seems like maybe two), each one supporting one of the sons of the King who rules with an iron fist. They are both in the closet/not clearly out, as this would be treason. Penelope’s younger sister, Anais, was betrothed to the elder son, Tristan, and it is mentioned that this was broken but not why. Anais is still in love with Tristan, but his feelings towards her are less clear. Tristan’s right-hand man, who has been helping with the revolution, Marc is disfigured but powerful. Marc and Penelope have been secretly in love with the other for years- but their friendship has led both to disguise their feelings. Penelope, without powers, is doomed to live a short life. If she were to bond with anyone (a marriage-type ceremony controlled by the King), it is likely that they would die when she died (although not everyone does, most do die when their bonded does). Penelope’s father, the Duke, is behind the other planned revolution with Roland, the King’s young and mean son, which he controls. Just after Penelope finally admits her feelings to Marc, her father wants to use them to his twisted ends, and forces her to get closer to Marc in order to root out his secrets/what he knows about the rebellion. Penelope doesn’t want to do it, but it seems to be the only thing keeping her father from ending her life. It’s a sad tale, as she is fighting stereotypes, her father, and her own feelings. The viewpoints alternate between Penelope and Marc. Overall, I really enjoyed the love story but wish I had more background to understand this alternate world- it certainly made me want to read the trilogy! This is a well written book with a beautiful love story that will be a must for people who love the Malediction Trilogy. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.