Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don't know anyone around you, and some of them aren't even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro’s was to escape and to survive.
Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn’t mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.
This is the story of Aro. We are thrown right into the action two or three pages into the story. And it doesn't stop. That's a refreshing change of pace, as in most stories I've read the action doesn't start until at least one third of the way into the book.
I read this in one sitting. Feb. 7, 2015, to be exact. Which was a surprise since I can hardly ever read during the daytime due to constant interruptions.
The story keeps you interested, and I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was going to happen. I'm glad that there are other books in the series, as I will be purchasing them as soon as I have the chance.
You really have to feel sorry for Aro because she is a character that loses so much in such a short period of time. In the world she lives in, being a girl can be a weakness, and it is one she aims to hid for as long as possible.
Although I loved Aro, I found that she needs some growing up to do, and I hope to see that development in the following books. There is a sort of love-triangle going on here, but I'm wondering if it's only in my imagination because it is not a prominent part of the plot. I'm really hoping the next book in the series is as good as this one.
I liked all the characters, except for Kei and Damon. Kei because I don't necessarily trust him or care for his character, and Damon is just a big pain. Why are all ancient beings so vague and cryptic? I guess they've lived so long they have to have their kicks somehow, right? Except Damon is all that plus a jerk.
This is a very promising series and I hope to check out books 2 and 3 soon.
Broken Aro gets 4 out of 5 Platypires from me!