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Camelot in New York? Not long ago, Arthur was an ordinary boy. Now he knows that he is the legendary King Arthur, returned to lead not just Britain but all mankind into a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Accompanied by the wizard Merlin; Hal, an ex-FBI agent who is now Arthur's bodyguard; and a young girl who holds the powers of the ancient Druids, Arthur seeks the t Camelot in New York? Not long ago, Arthur was an ordinary boy. Now he knows that he is the legendary King Arthur, returned to lead not just Britain but all mankind into a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Accompanied by the wizard Merlin; Hal, an ex-FBI agent who is now Arthur's bodyguard; and a young girl who holds the powers of the ancient Druids, Arthur seeks the tools of his great work--the Holy Grail and the sword Excalibur. The Grail's magic has attracted the attention of a powerful sorcerer who will do anything and kill anyone to claim its power. To protect Arthur, Hal summons the Knights of the Round Table from their enchanted slumber in the mists of Camelot. The Knights--now New York City's newest motorcycle club--find the 20th century a confusing time, but they know their mission--fight evil and save the King. In the final battle, Arthur learns that having right on your side is not always enough. Sometimes there are sacrifices to be made. Will the Round Table never rise again? Will this Camelot, like the last, fade too soon into memory?


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Camelot in New York? Not long ago, Arthur was an ordinary boy. Now he knows that he is the legendary King Arthur, returned to lead not just Britain but all mankind into a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Accompanied by the wizard Merlin; Hal, an ex-FBI agent who is now Arthur's bodyguard; and a young girl who holds the powers of the ancient Druids, Arthur seeks the t Camelot in New York? Not long ago, Arthur was an ordinary boy. Now he knows that he is the legendary King Arthur, returned to lead not just Britain but all mankind into a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Accompanied by the wizard Merlin; Hal, an ex-FBI agent who is now Arthur's bodyguard; and a young girl who holds the powers of the ancient Druids, Arthur seeks the tools of his great work--the Holy Grail and the sword Excalibur. The Grail's magic has attracted the attention of a powerful sorcerer who will do anything and kill anyone to claim its power. To protect Arthur, Hal summons the Knights of the Round Table from their enchanted slumber in the mists of Camelot. The Knights--now New York City's newest motorcycle club--find the 20th century a confusing time, but they know their mission--fight evil and save the King. In the final battle, Arthur learns that having right on your side is not always enough. Sometimes there are sacrifices to be made. Will the Round Table never rise again? Will this Camelot, like the last, fade too soon into memory?

30 review for The Broken Sword

  1. 4 out of 5

    Koeur

    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2015/03/1... Publisher: TKA Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781942356004 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 3.4/5 Publisher Description: No matter how far Arthur Blessing runs, he can’t elude destiny. As the reincarnation of legendary King Arthur, he is the rightful protector of the most powerful relics in the world–the Holy Grail and the sword Excalibur. And he is bound to use those tools to keep war and chaos at bay – ushering in a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Review: https://koeur.wordpress.com/2015/03/1... Publisher: TKA Publishing Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781942356004 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 3.4/5 Publisher Description: No matter how far Arthur Blessing runs, he can’t elude destiny. As the reincarnation of legendary King Arthur, he is the rightful protector of the most powerful relics in the world–the Holy Grail and the sword Excalibur. And he is bound to use those tools to keep war and chaos at bay – ushering in a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Review: This was a pretty entertaining read. The only portions that slowed the movement down was the unnecessary back story on some of the characters. For example while Merlin’s beginnings through to his life on Mona is relevant, Kate’s life as a love thing for Aubrey is boring and excessive. Generally, the character development was pretty good due to the copious movement and constant scene shifting. The authors do a good job of involving the reader even when some characters play bit roles. The scenes are vividly described and engaging. The big problem is that every instance and I mean EVERY instance is fraught with Deus Ex Machina. I get that there is the hidden hand of something drawing everyone and everything together in a cumulative effort to thwart evil or “Begin a New Cycle”, but it just gets a little too convenient in every scene in order to expedite the story line. This is a pretty long novel, so sit tight and don’t expect too much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I was so surprised to discover that one of my favorite King Arthur re-tellings "The Forever King" had two more books in the series twenty some years later. I had to re-read "The Forever King" because it has been 20 years since I read it, but I enjoyed it just as much. I also enjoyed this second book also. It gave us a little more background on the druids and Taliesin's connection. We're also introduced to Beatrice, who becomes friends with Arthur and Taliesin. I laughed out loud at Hal's journey I was so surprised to discover that one of my favorite King Arthur re-tellings "The Forever King" had two more books in the series twenty some years later. I had to re-read "The Forever King" because it has been 20 years since I read it, but I enjoyed it just as much. I also enjoyed this second book also. It gave us a little more background on the druids and Taliesin's connection. We're also introduced to Beatrice, who becomes friends with Arthur and Taliesin. I laughed out loud at Hal's journey with the Knights to New York to help Arthur recover and protect the Grail.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Packer

    The second book in a modern day King Arthur series. I loved the first book and was pretty excited to find this one. It is fun and really easy to read. I think the only drawback is that it is hard to live up to the first book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    4.5, even better than the first in the series

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie Daniels

    One of the worst books I have ever read. I loved the first one so much--it's one of my favorite Arthur retellings--and I hated this one with a passion that can only be described as comical. It's a bad mashup of scenes stolen from Camelot and Mists of Avalon, combined with truly dreadful ritualistic scenes straight out of bad gothic horror romances. It rewrites its own backstory (Merlin offered Arthur the cup once--ONCE), it undoes a lot of the mystery that made Forever King so beautiful (why is One of the worst books I have ever read. I loved the first one so much--it's one of my favorite Arthur retellings--and I hated this one with a passion that can only be described as comical. It's a bad mashup of scenes stolen from Camelot and Mists of Avalon, combined with truly dreadful ritualistic scenes straight out of bad gothic horror romances. It rewrites its own backstory (Merlin offered Arthur the cup once--ONCE), it undoes a lot of the mystery that made Forever King so beautiful (why is Merlin Merlin? Even the druids didn't know. Now we know--in detail that we never wanted and can't bleach from our brains), it directly contradicts some of the character building ("You really have become a Christian," Merlin says to Arthur, and it's a beautiful moment--this co-existence of two faiths, and this gentle insinuation that faith is real. Now what we have instead is constant mocking of the only Christian--Lancelot--and a dubious explanation that "proves" the existence of the old gods), and on top of all that, it accomplishes nothing! The Broken Swords ends exactly where the Forever King did--with the sword hidden, waiting for Arthur to grow up. If you loved the Forever King do yourself a favor and pretend the Broken Sword never existed. I wish I had. :P

  6. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gilbert

    The second in a trilogy. I wasn't all that impressed. There's far too much background - telling the story rather than plot - showing the story. I wanted to see what happened to Arthur Blessing, not necessarily relive the Arthurian legen. The second in a trilogy. I wasn't all that impressed. There's far too much background - telling the story rather than plot - showing the story. I wanted to see what happened to Arthur Blessing, not necessarily relive the Arthurian legen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Doc

    I felt the story had many possibilities that it did not realize. It didn't have anywhere near what I expected about Arthur or his knights, and had a great deal about an evil sorcerer murderer I found I could not care much about. Maybe if I had read the prequel, I might have felt differently. I felt the story had many possibilities that it did not realize. It didn't have anywhere near what I expected about Arthur or his knights, and had a great deal about an evil sorcerer murderer I found I could not care much about. Maybe if I had read the prequel, I might have felt differently.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Winter

    I enjoyed finding a copy of this book on Amazon. It is the sequel to my favorite Arthur book EVER: The Forever King. If you have yet to read this series I highly recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul Smith

    there's a lot that could happen after the future, but nothing much happens at all in this pointless retread there's a lot that could happen after the future, but nothing much happens at all in this pointless retread

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Adi

    a bit distracted and violent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jo-Kai

    "With a swish of its tail, the wolf bounded into a field of flowers. Behind her ran the old man and the golden haired girl, hand in hand, their laughter bright as the sun-light." Simply kino. "With a swish of its tail, the wolf bounded into a field of flowers. Behind her ran the old man and the golden haired girl, hand in hand, their laughter bright as the sun-light." Simply kino.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen Brooks

    What a mixed bag this book was! As the sequel to The Forever King, I have to say, The Broken Sword is a little disappointing. Picking up a few years after the events in the first book, it continues the story of Arthur Blessing, Mr Taliesin - the Merlin - and Hal. Just like the first book in the trilogy, there is an evil force embodied in a man, trying to claim the cup and destroy Arthur. And so the adventure continues - from the Middle East, to Europe and the UK and ultimately, New York. Whereas What a mixed bag this book was! As the sequel to The Forever King, I have to say, The Broken Sword is a little disappointing. Picking up a few years after the events in the first book, it continues the story of Arthur Blessing, Mr Taliesin - the Merlin - and Hal. Just like the first book in the trilogy, there is an evil force embodied in a man, trying to claim the cup and destroy Arthur. And so the adventure continues - from the Middle East, to Europe and the UK and ultimately, New York. Whereas The Forever King was fast-paced, cinematic and often unpredictable, The Broken Sword was mostly pedestrian and predictable, repeating too many tropes and characteristics from first book, and suffering by comparison. For example, whereas Saladin was an incomparable and quite scary villain, Thanatos was a caricature. As a reincarnated knight, Hal the former FBI agent and recovering alcoholic struggles to keep reader interest and, frankly, some of the scenes with the Knights of the Round Table didn't gel. That an ancient knight can drive a truck, let alone ride a motor bike and seemingly embrace contemporary life and technologies with such ease was hard to swallow. Also, some of the plot resolutions were a little too ex machina for my liking and had me rolling my eyes. I became frustrated that I was expected to take such a leap of faith. However, just when I was about to toss the book aside in disgust, a wonderful back story, steeped in the fundamentals of Arthurian myth (with modifications), or some tight action in the present appeared and reminded me of what I so enjoyed in The Forever King - neat, imaginative prose and powerful storytelling. Saying that, I do believe The Broken Sword relies too much on telling rather than showing, a cardinal sin in a novel. But, when the authors do show, they are damn fine. I will read the third book but I have to say, my expectations are not so high. I hope I'll be pleasantly surprised.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I read this decades ago, and only discovered it again two weeks. My initial enthusiasm that it even existed curdled rather swiftly when cardboard black magic with cardboard incantations and cardboard ritual human sacrifices executed by the most cardboard of villains became part of the story. So I stopped reading, until this Sunday afternoon when I pressed the wrong book on my e-reader and this story started up again, obviously right in the middle of a human sacrifice that had me putting it down I read this decades ago, and only discovered it again two weeks. My initial enthusiasm that it even existed curdled rather swiftly when cardboard black magic with cardboard incantations and cardboard ritual human sacrifices executed by the most cardboard of villains became part of the story. So I stopped reading, until this Sunday afternoon when I pressed the wrong book on my e-reader and this story started up again, obviously right in the middle of a human sacrifice that had me putting it down in the first place. However, that was also the darkest point of the book, so I was in for a hundred pages of things falling gloriously into place. And this, I am weak, and its Sunday, I liked better. I will not give this book as a gift to my 13 yo niece for her 14th birthday. I may not even give her book 1, even though I have already purchased a paper version, as that will lead to book 2. How is it possible that the sequel of a fast passed fascinating book turns out like this? Or, will book 1, in hindsight and 15 years later, turn out not to be that good either?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Not as compelling as the first one but still really entertaining. A real mixture of different stories; although the one happening in the present was the main one, I admit that I very much enjoyed reading about the times of Camelot as well. I didn't really like the whole idea of mixing evil forces with animalistic desire and raw sexuality; still, I have to say Aubrey as the antagonist was really good - I completely despised him. Serves him right he's back in this void of his, stupid asshole. Sorr Not as compelling as the first one but still really entertaining. A real mixture of different stories; although the one happening in the present was the main one, I admit that I very much enjoyed reading about the times of Camelot as well. I didn't really like the whole idea of mixing evil forces with animalistic desire and raw sexuality; still, I have to say Aubrey as the antagonist was really good - I completely despised him. Serves him right he's back in this void of his, stupid asshole. Sorry. Getting to emotional. The book was fun to read, not boring and keeping me in suspence (although I could predict some things from the beginning). Sometimes (or very often) reminding me of The Mists of Avalon. And, oh, the Knights. How could I forget about them, that bunch of silly cute bastards. I will need to read the third book someday.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joy Wilson

    Once again a fun read of an old myth. In the second book we find Arthur starting to see who he really is while all around him things are falling apart. He is chased and hassled by Aubrey Katsuleris, a world famous artist whose side job is assassination. As to be expected in the second part of a trilogy, stuff goes badly wrong and the evil side seems to be winning. I appreciate the effort that goes into all the mythology that Cochran and Murphy are creating around the once and future king legend. Once again a fun read of an old myth. In the second book we find Arthur starting to see who he really is while all around him things are falling apart. He is chased and hassled by Aubrey Katsuleris, a world famous artist whose side job is assassination. As to be expected in the second part of a trilogy, stuff goes badly wrong and the evil side seems to be winning. I appreciate the effort that goes into all the mythology that Cochran and Murphy are creating around the once and future king legend. While some of the saves are seem too easy, this is after all fiction and should be fun. I enjoyed the humor of the Knights brought into our world. I look forward to the final book in the series and expect nothing but a good summer read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Arthur is looking for his aunt but is with Hal who is his protector. Then a beggar comes to his hotel door with a girl and she has the cup they have been looking for. The girl is Beatrice and she has been blind since birth but the cup gave her sight, but her grandmother was killed by a man after the cup. The beggar then took her to Arthur. This book just didn’t hold my attention. I guess it just wasn’t as interesting as I thought. Especially with the ages of Arthur and Beatrice. Then it seemed t Arthur is looking for his aunt but is with Hal who is his protector. Then a beggar comes to his hotel door with a girl and she has the cup they have been looking for. The girl is Beatrice and she has been blind since birth but the cup gave her sight, but her grandmother was killed by a man after the cup. The beggar then took her to Arthur. This book just didn’t hold my attention. I guess it just wasn’t as interesting as I thought. Especially with the ages of Arthur and Beatrice. Then it seemed to drag for me I just couldn’t finish it. **I received an ARC of this story for an honest review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chade66

    If you are a fanatic about Arthurian legend, this might not be for you. Otherwise its an interesting look at the possible return of Arthur. I found parts of it to be incredibly funny, I look forward to the other two books in the series. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES, I started in the middle.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I was prepared to not love this book as much as the first in the series, based upon the reviews that I read. I found that I have to respectfully disagree with those reviews. I loved this book - great characters, action packed, funny... definitely kept me up reading late into the night. I've already got book three out of the library. I was prepared to not love this book as much as the first in the series, based upon the reviews that I read. I found that I have to respectfully disagree with those reviews. I loved this book - great characters, action packed, funny... definitely kept me up reading late into the night. I've already got book three out of the library.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    What a disappointment. I gave up halfway through the book when I realized the story was so muddled and so badly told, it was a waste of my time to continue reading it. The discrepancies and plot holes are absolutely maddening, and it wanders so far from the Arthurian legend that I can't excuse them on that basis. If you loved the first book, leave it at that and don't bother with this one. What a disappointment. I gave up halfway through the book when I realized the story was so muddled and so badly told, it was a waste of my time to continue reading it. The discrepancies and plot holes are absolutely maddening, and it wanders so far from the Arthurian legend that I can't excuse them on that basis. If you loved the first book, leave it at that and don't bother with this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Book 2 in a 3 part series about a young boy who discovers he may be King Arthur while on the run for his life. Knights running wild in modern times they don't know how to deal with, trading in their horses for motorcycles... An excellent adventure series that was fun to read. Book 2 in a 3 part series about a young boy who discovers he may be King Arthur while on the run for his life. Knights running wild in modern times they don't know how to deal with, trading in their horses for motorcycles... An excellent adventure series that was fun to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    The Knights of the Round Table on motorbikes and trying to fight evil in the modern age? A bit of a stretch of the imagination, but really what else would they do? A logical progression from the assumptions made in The Forever King--and I did keep reading to see what happened.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I liked the first one quite a bit, but I had to give up on this one. It lacks the adventure of the first one, and the way it tells the backstory of the magical/mythological characters is not nearly as interesting as it was in the first book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This was the first sequel to The Forever King, which was a fun read. This book felt more forced, as if the authors added a lot of gratuitous backstory for minor characters just for the sake of padding the book. I won't bother looking for the third in the series. This was the first sequel to The Forever King, which was a fun read. This book felt more forced, as if the authors added a lot of gratuitous backstory for minor characters just for the sake of padding the book. I won't bother looking for the third in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denise Going

    Some of the scenarios I found were a bit too exaggerated, even in the fantasy world (i.e. 16th century knights in New York without police intervention!), but enjoyed the concepts presented of one universe, different planes, and the continuous energy of souls.

  25. 4 out of 5

    gravity

    I didn't find this book's villain nearly as interesting as Saladin from The Forever King, so I'd say my favorite parts were those that involved the Knights of the Round Table. I didn't find this book's villain nearly as interesting as Saladin from The Forever King, so I'd say my favorite parts were those that involved the Knights of the Round Table.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Vincent

    I have yet to get my hands on the third book of the trilogy, but this one was a delight to read. Definitely a MUST for Arthur-philes and anyone else who likes a good fantasy read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I did not like it nearly as much as the first one, which I read first in 1994 and have reread multiple times. I am hoping that the third book brings back the magic I remember from the first book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    book 1 was better but this was an interesting twist

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    not as good as the first - added little girl to the cast and didn't hold my interest like the first one not as good as the first - added little girl to the cast and didn't hold my interest like the first one

  30. 4 out of 5

    Louize

    Read from The Page Walker. Read from The Page Walker.

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