Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6) by Kelley Armstrong, Book Review



Goodreads Blurb

In this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on twenty-first-century—and become his next target.

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.


My Review

Rating: 4.5*

Women Of The Otherworld is back to it’s best with this instalment. Loved it!

For me, Women Of The Otherworld is at its best when Elena is at the heart of the action. Though there is a cast of interesting and unusual characters in the series, it’s Elena that piqued my interest from book 1, and it’s Elena’s story I really want to follow.   

In this instalment of WotO, Elena is pregnant. ‘How on earth is Kelley Armstrong going to make this work?’ you may ask. That’s what I asked. I mean, Elena Michaels is a kickass werewolf chick who never walks away from trouble and loves to have a bit of a rumble and a tumble with Clay. I’ll tell you how she handles it: With serious aplomb and a deft touch.  

From the earlier books we always knew how much Elena worried about her fertility, whether she’d be able to have children after the horrible things that were done to her. So now that she’s pregnant she’s likely to be taking a back seat, letting the guys deal with any situation that might arise, right? Wrong. Though she’s aware that she needs to be careful, Elena is certainly not allowing pregnancy to turn her soft.

Kelley Armstrong has been very clever in choosing the situation for this instalment in that, although there are fights and scraps that Elena invariably gets caught up in, the theme of the plot is more a magical mystery than out-and-out action. It’s a more closed environment than we’re used to seeing in WotO, it’s more intimate, really driving home the emotional nature of this book. How Elena feels about her pregnancy is a thread that runs throughout Broken like veins of colour run through marble. In proportion to the whole, it’s a small percentage,  but without it you’d just have a lump of rock. The very presence of those veins intrinsically changes the very composition of said rock, and that’s exactly what Elena’s pregnancy does, not just to her, but to Clay and Jeremy,  too. It changes the dynamics of their relationships with each other and I very much enjoyed seeing, and feeling, their personal growth.   

As always, the book is well written, easy to read, imaginative and well paced. Though I enjoyed the last few books in the series, this one had something extra, something some of the earlier books perhaps lacked,  that I found really pleasing. This story didn’t just have heart; it had soul. One of my favourites yet.


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