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The Broken Ones

(The Malediction Trilogy 0.6)

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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, ev
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Angry Robot
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Danielle Jensen I highly recommend you read at least Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress prior to reading The Broken Ones, as there are some minor plot spoilers and…moreI highly recommend you read at least Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress prior to reading The Broken Ones, as there are some minor plot spoilers and it will provide a better reading experience for you :)(less)

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I've been feeling nostalgic for Labyrinth and David Bowie, and as if my subconscious mind registered that on some level, I've read three books about goblins over the past few months. One of them, the obvious - WINTER SONG - was a glaring disappointment. The other two (including this one) were okay. It's hard to compete against David Bowie in a mullet. (I bet you never thought you would see those words in print, huh?)



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Danielle Jensen
May 14, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
I've been asked quite a few times about my recommended reading order, so here it is:

1. STOLEN SONGBIRD (Book One of The Malediction Trilogy)
2. HIDDEN HUNTRESS (Book Two of The Malediction Trilogy)
3. THE BROKEN ONES (Prequel to The Malediction Trilogy)
4. WARRIOR WITCH (Book Three of The Malediction Trilogy)

THE BROKEN ONES is, for the most part, a standalone, but I DID write it with the fans of the trilogy in mind. As such, there will be some minor spoilers if you read it before the first two nove
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Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
*This review can also be found on YA Books Central! Huge thanks to the author & publisher for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

*Tries to contain tears* In our life, I believe there are certain books/series that will resonate the strongest in each step we take, for each stage we reach. In my childhood, the Harry Potter books were the series that made me believe in magic, the books that turned me into a reader. When I became a teen, The Iron Fey series brought back that need t
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Rebekah
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In case you haven’t read the other three books that came out before this one here is what order the author recommends reading the books in as there are some minor spoilers for the future plot:
1. STOLEN SONGBIRD (Book One of The Malediction Trilogy)
2. HIDDEN HUNTRESS (Book Two of The Malediction Trilogy)
3. THE BROKEN ONES (Prequel to The Malediction Trilogy)
4. WARRIOR WITCH (Book Three of The Malediction Trilogy)

That being said, let’s talk about this prequel that will rip your heart out!

This stor
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Katherine Karas
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you have not read the Malediction Trilogy, which starts with Stolen Songbird, then I'd advise you don't read this review or this book yet. Come back later. If you are not convinced: It's better to read Stolen Songbird first because Marc's story is a bit of a subplot in that book, and it's also better to get first impressions of the characters from there. SS is also where you get the introductory world building so don’t complain if you read this and it’s lacking, because you should already kno ...more
Patricia Crowther
Advanced copy received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

As you can see I gave this five stars so I think that kind of speaks for itself. It was everything I wanted it to be. It was a story in itself and not just an introduction to the Malediction trilogy. It had mystery and intrigue, action and romance. It was heartfelt and heartrending, especially that epilogue. Jensen’s writing is great, its beautiful but also easy to read and she writes her characters so flawlessly. That’s not to s
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Jessica {Litnoob}
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew what I was getting in this book, it's a prequel, so we know how this was going to wrap up and still I went into it with open arms.

Do not read this if you haven't read the original trilogy! Also if you have read the originals right away maybe give yourself some time to grieve before diving into this cause it will break you all over again.

Marc and Penelope were all I dreamed they would be, and their love was so perfect, this catalyst for pushing the change that Marc was certain might never
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Angelica
If there is one thing that I took away from this book, is that I need to jump back into the world of The Malediction trilogy. I missed these characters and this plot in a way I didn’t even realize. I now want to drop everything and go read the rest of this series. That’s how good this was.

Admittedly, I didn’t like this book as much as I did Stolen Songbird, the first book in the series, but I do love the world. I love the intrigue, and the schemes, and evil plots. I love the magic and the messed
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Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5

Review to come!
Vanessa Loockx
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kon het boek niet wegleggen. Het verhaal v Marc & Pénélope ... zucht ... :(
Nidofito
ugh, made me cry so much...

I was so surprised by how much I liked this book. It captures the situation of Trollus and its inhabitants so beautfully that you want to scream and fight against the injustice. I especially loved how it gave us a better idea of group dynamics among the friends and I can certainly see why Cecile was seen as an interloper for quite some time.

But damn, expectations had been shattered. And to know what I know of this series, it just breaks my heart.
Olivia Farr
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
“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). H ...more
Christina
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya
Warning: I cried my eyes out! 😭😭 I knew what was going to happen because it is discussed in the main trilogy, but that stop it from tearing my heart into little pieces.

This was definetly focused on Marc and Penelope's love story. Which didn't bother me because you get so much more than just love stories in the main trilogy. It didn't add anything to the overall story, but I did end up feeling less animosity towards Anais and we get the complete story of Marc and Penelope. It was interesting. I d
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Selene
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Booktube-a-Thon July 24, 2017-July 30, 2017
Challenge #4 - Read about a character that is very different than you.
Caitlin Gutilla
This wasn't as bad as the last book (that was a real let down!) but it was still pretty meh. I enjoyed learning some history about the characters and meeting Penelope, but the story was a little flat to me and everyone was pretty annoying. If Danielle Jensen releases more works I'll gladly read them, but I'm happy that Malediction is over.
Pili
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so happy when Danielle announced that she was writing a prequel and it would be the story of Marc and Penelope!

I knew the story was heartbreaking but it also gives us so much insight about the characters we meet in the Malediction Trilogy and really helps us understand them better too!

Reading from both Marc and Penelope's POV was the perfect way to see their friendship and love emerge, even if they both thought it was one-sided in the beginning. I had wanted to know more about Penelope an
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Lulai
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
--- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. ---

I was fortunate to have this book ahead on netgalley and I liked to being back into that universe even if our heroes were not Tristan and Cécile.

I sincerely think this book is a kind of gift to the fans of the serie. Moreover, it contains many spoilers and I advise to read this book after volume 2 or 3, but not start with this prequel. I took pleasure in being back in the universe of the goblins, we discover it here, with tw
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Erin Arkin
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, read-in-2017
This was a fantastic addition to the Malediction series. I loved getting to learn more about Marc's story and his relationship with Penelope. It was great to see a younger Tristan.

Check out this series if you haven't already. It is one of my favorites!

The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen is the book I didn’t know I needed. I loved The Malediction series and when I found out this would be Marc and Pénélope’s story I was immediately excited to get my hands on it. If you haven’t read this series,
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5
Amanda Carballo
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'd recommend reading this right after Stolen Songbird. It really helps fill in the gaps mentioned only in passing throughout the rest of the trilogy.
Shereen Lang
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In case you haven’t read the other three books that came out before this one here is what order the author recommends reading the books in as there are some minor spoilers for the future plot:
1. STOLEN SONGBIRD (Book One of The Malediction Trilogy)
2. HIDDEN HUNTRESS (Book Two of The Malediction Trilogy)
3. THE BROKEN ONES (Prequel to The Malediction Trilogy)
4. WARRIOR WITCH (Book Three of The Malediction Trilogy)

That being said, let’s talk about this prequel that will rip your heart out!
I knew wh
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Elliot A
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
We are back in Trollus, but this time before the Songbird’s entrance. This is the story of Marc and Penelope and provides us with an explanation for Marc’s character in the The Malediction Trilogy.
I always liked Marc and was looking forward to reading more about him through his point of view, which also gives a different perspective on Tristan. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of Penelope. I understood where she came from and that her life was not the greatest, yet I sensed a character trait that I didn’t
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Siobhan Bejr
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this prequel to the Malediction Trilogy! Marc was one of my favourite characters in the series and my heart just broke for him reading The Broken Ones. I just love how Danielle Jensen and twisted and wound all the politics without making it too complicated but more than enough to keep it intriguing!
I really want to re-read the series now!
Jess (freaks over books)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Full review to come soon
Blaire Hammond
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so emotional
Louisa
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow, this book is fantastic! It was hard to read, knowing how it was going to end, but it was so great!
Caitlyn
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Painfully beautiful. Full RTC.
ElaF
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bardzo ciężko mi się czytało tę historię bo wiedziałam jak sie skończy. dobrze, że została napisana. była potrzebna.
Barzah
Apr 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
Marc's prequel story?? with whole 352 pages?? this is like the best worst thing to ever exist *cries* it even has enemies love trope why not just slay me.
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Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, Warrior Witch, and The Broken Ones. Her upcoming novels are THE BRIDGE KINGDOM, which will be released by Audible Originals in October, 2018 and DARK SHORES, which will be released by Tor Teen in May, 2019. She lives with her family in Calgary, Canada.


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Other books in the series

The Malediction Trilogy (3 books)
  • Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)
  • Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)
  • Warrior Witch  (The Malediction Trilogy, #3)