“They aren’t ugly. More like beautiful things that have had the misfortune of being broken.”

I was so excited to share Cecile’s character reveal for Danielle Jensen’s The Broken Ones earlier this week on instagram! The Broken Ones is a prequel to The Malediction Trilogy, which I really enjoyed (see my review here). The first book in the trilogy reminded me of Beauty & the Beast with trolls and in Moria? Ok, that might not be the greatest pitch, but work with me here… the story was really fun.

Cecile won’t be in the prequel, but there will be a short story with her called The Songbird’s Overture. Her portrait above is an original watercolour by @thenocturnalfey!


Preorder Swag

The book comes out on June 6th! You can get a bookmark, bookplate, and exclusive trading cards if you submit your preorder receipt here (this opportunity is open internationally). Preorder here:


Synopsis for The Broken Ones

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.

(Add The Broken Ones to your Goodreads TBR here).


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 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous, and it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy: Stolen SongbirdHidden Huntress, and Warrior Witch


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2 comments on “The Broken Ones Character Reveal: Cecile”

  1. Sounds interesting! I hadn’t heard of the trilogy before. Would you suggest reading the trilogy before the prequel?

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