by Traci L. Slatton
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: September 5, 2014
Publisher: Parvati Press
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Available from: Amazon
Can love sustain light when the forces of evil close in?
Paris, 1939-1942. A fallen angel is trapped in the web of German Occupation.
The deadly noose of Nazi control grows ever tighter, ensnaring her and two of
her lovers, a bullfighter and a musician working in the fledgling Resistance.
Can she save them and the Jewish widow and her child that she has come to love,
or will betrayal take them all?
Broken by Traci L. Slatton
Hitler is terrorizing the world and his current stop is Paris, home to many ethnic groups, a melting pot for the arts and those who live the Bohemian lifestyle of excess. In their midst is a fallen angel who makes it her mission to keep those she loves safe from the future visions she has seen, no matter what it takes. Broken by Traci L. Slatton is a dark tale of pain, loss and a love strong enough to risk everything to save those who need saving the most. Will it also be a form of redemption for Alia, angel who has fallen from the graces of Heaven?
Alia has been returned to Earth, taking on a human form. A poet who writes from the depths of her soul, Alia is living a life of open and casual sex, excessive drinking and rubbing elbows with others in the arts. When she befriends a young Jewish girl and her widowed mother, life takes on a different meaning for Alia as she faces the losses of her past and the unspeakable horrors innocents are facing under the growing regime Hitler has spewed across borders. A fragile resistance is spreading and lives that are dear to her will be lost if she doesn’t take action. How does one choose who will live and who will die and believe that choice will be for the best? Can she survive her choice? Will the occupying troops force her hand?
Don’t expect a normal run-of-the-mill fallen angel tale that zooms on past, settle in for a deep thinking read to savor and get lost in. Traci L. Slatton has added her own artistic touch as she paints a deeply moving and unique tale filled with dark drama as we are invited to feel Alia’s feelings, hear her thoughts and see the world through her eyes as the scenery changes with each detailed page. Ms. Slatton has taken on a dark time in history and brought it to life through her characters and her words, lavish with intense prose and emotion. The essence of this era, the atmospheric way it is presented is like a trip back in time to another country, another way of thinking. If you enjoy a tale that feels like a piece of sculpture with its defined lines and solid feel, Broken is a dark tale that will draw you in and rattle your senses as it refuses to let you go. We all like different types of art, modern, Renaissance, whatever, but when a piece of art hits you, no matter the medium, it draws you in and stays with you long after you’ve finished viewing it, standing in awe of the artist’s talents. That is how I feel about Traci L. Slatton’s work, a little different, very deep and memorable.
I received an ARC edition from Traci L. Slatton in exchange for my honest review.