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Broken by Kelley Armstrong

#27 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Books/Spectra
Country: USA
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 0553588184
Page Count: 480
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.
Broken is the sixth Women of the Otherworld novel by Kelley Armstrong. Set approximately 7 years after Bitten, Elena Danver (nee Michaels) is pregnant and terrified. The only female werewolf, Elena fears the unknown; of a child born to two werewolf parents. In the meantime, she is sick of being coddled by Clay and Jeremy, so when the opportunity comes to safely complete a job for a friend, Elena is excited to participate.

In this latest instalment by Kelley Armstrong, Elena and her Pack open a dimension portal and bring the world of Jack the Ripper to modern day Toronto.Cholera, diseased rats and an unknown serial killer are released when Elena’s blood is used to open a portal created over a hundred years ago. As if that wasn’t enough, two zombies, who can’t be killed, keep turning up and coming after Elena.

Keeping Elena and her unborn child, or children as we learn, is the priority to Jeremy and Clay but for
Elena, closing the portal becomes an overwhelming priority when brutal mutilating murders begin. These murders reflect the dreadful deaths completed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. Jack the Ripper is accused of the canonical five; Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. While some consider JtR had further victims, the canonical five had the closest links. When a prostitute is murdered, and mutilated, Elena fears the worst, they have released Jack the Ripper.

The historical references in Broken are very interesting. They make the magic of Supernaturals seem more overewhelming, and much more dangerous. Jack the Ripper is the ideal antagonist to bring through the portal, as one of the most ferocious serial killers of all time, and convenient because he has never been identified.

Unfortunately, it was in Broken that Armstrong’s talent for creating a fun twist faltered. Armstrong has a habit of turning friends into foes and vice versa, and in Broken several events were quite predicable.This didn’t make the plot unenjoyable, it jsut meant that the twist didn’t come as a shock.
Elena, closing the portal becomes an overwhelming priority when brutal mutilating murders begin. These murders reflect the dreadful deaths completed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. Jack the Ripper is accused of the canonical five; Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. While some consider JtR had further victims, the canonical five had the closest links. When a prostitute is murdered, and mutilated, Elena fears the worst, they have released Jack the Ripper.

The historical references in Broken are very interesting. They make the magic of Supernaturals seem more overewhelming, and much more dangerous. Jack the Ripper is the ideal antagonist to bring through the portal, as one of the most ferocious serial killers of all time, and convenient because he has never been identified.

Unfortunately, it was in Broken that Armstrong’s talent for creating a fun twist faltered. Armstrong has a habit of turning friends into foes and vice versa, and in Broken several events were quite predicable.This didn’t make the plot unenjoyable, it jsut meant that the twist didn’t come as a shock.
Elena, as always, is a fantastic protagonist. In Broken, she encounters a new vulnerability that makes her a more endearing heroine. Instead of always being capable and independent, Elena is forced to rely on her friends to overcome the antagonist.

Broken is Women of the Otherworld book six, followed by No Humans Involved, where Jaime Vegas is the narrator.
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Judging by the cover: This is probably my favourite cover. Elena protecting her pregnant belly and hiding in the forest, where she is most comfortable. The dark stranger lurking in the background, under the old lamps, looks surreal and represents the portal threat nicely.
Still not keen on the pentacle necklace. Especially not for Elena

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