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The Broken Sword [Mass Market Paperback]

Molly Cochran , Warren Murphy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Oct. 15 1998 Forever King Trilogy (Book 2)
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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In a Moroccan bazaar, amidst gunfire and chaos, a battered cup falls into a blind girl's hand, and her eyes are filled with light. But Beatrice is not alone in her appreciation of the Holy Grail, and her vision goes deeper than the surface. She meets Taliesin, who brings her to Arthur, and they join forces to protect the power of the Grail from abuse and to protect themselves from a soulless, amoral man who will stop at nothing to possess it.

The Broken Sword is almost too fast-paced, packed with agonizing cliffhangers as peril presses young Arthur, Beatrice, and Hal (Galahad, now a retired FBI agent) on all sides, though the lengthy recapitulations of Arthur's and Taliesin's previous lives detract from the real story in the 20th century. But The Broken Sword has a complete-feeling ending that puts Arthur, his recovered knights, Beatrice, and Merlin happily in place for future victories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA. This complex sequel to The Forever King (Tor, 1992) provides an unusual, creative blending of elements of reincarnation, witchcraft, magic, and Christianity without really being about any one of them. In it, King Arthur of Camelot and Merlin, reincarnated as a 20th-century teenager and an old man, rescue the Holy Grail from evil villains. Hal, the retired FBI agent of the first novel is also of assistance, as are the knights of the Round Table. An action-packed opening scene grabs readers' attention. However, this pace is not evenly maintained throughout. Although the difficult vocabulary can usually be understood in context, and the shifts in time back to the original Arthurian histories are usually clear, this novel will be most appreciated by more advanced readers. The increased amount of violence also necessitates a greater maturity level. The authors keep the silly scenes of the medieval knights confronting 20th-century culture (riding motorcycles, etc.) to a minimum.?Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Aimless and clueless April 11 1999
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Confused and boring. While the main idea is interesting although not original, the characters are lifeless and the story didn't grip me.
The villain is _evil_, so evil in fact, that I didn't even bother to ask myself why he was doing all this. The author tries to make him a character, I think, but he remains a cardboard cutout. I soon began to skip over the chapters about him - they were mostly an orgy in occultic practises, with gory details meant to show the readers how evil he is. I've seen it before in other books.
The good guys seem mostly clueless and nice - although the author tried to make them threedimensional individuals, mostly by showing us a lot of angst. It simply didn't work.
King Arthur's knights, woken from a sleep that had lasted from the Middle Ages, are from the "medieval people looked like and thought much like a motorcycle gang" school of thought. I am not even going to begin discussing my views on that one.
I'm interested in the Arthur Legends, and have read rather a lot of different takes on them. Most of them are vastly superior to this one. If you want to read about Arthur, I can recommend T. H. White's 'The Once and Future King', Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, 'Camelot 3000' (comic) and Rosemary Sutcliffe's 'The Sword and the Circle'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing Sept. 24 1998
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After reading the truly wonderful "The Forever King", I could barely wait to delve into this sequel. After finishing the novel, I must admit that I felt some disappointment. The villian of the story is so similar to the villian in "The Forever King" that they might as well be clones. Arthur's Aunt Emily is barely in the story at all. Her brief appearance seems to hint at another sequel. A new character, Beatrice, is introduced. She spends most of the story in a hospital while Arthur stays at her bedside. The Knights of the Round Table are released from Camelot and join Hal on a quest to protect Arthur. The Knights are hopelessly outdated, and while this provides some great comic relief at first, the endless drinking and bar-wrecking become mind numbing.
The story once again revolves around a villian who is out to get the grail at any cost. I do hope that if Cochran & Murphy write another sequel, it will have a totally different plot and villian. I did like the book enough that I will buy the sequel if or when it is published, and I'll hope that it is as captivating as "The Forever King."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT NOVEL!! March 17 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Murphy and Cochran have done themselves well with this novel. Although I liked The Forever King better, this novel also intrigued me.
First of all, let me list the few faults this novel had compared to the first one: it was a lot darker than the first novel, it had too much on the history of the characters, and it didn't even develop the evil character, Aubrey Katsuleris (Thanatos). Sure, he was developed in some way, but Cochran and Murphy could have taken out about 15 of the 70 or so historical pages involving Arthur and Taliesin, and put Katsuleris into it.
Next, the good things: it displayed Merlin's past, which is good in some ways, we got to see the knights come together again, the bad guy was a lot better in this one, and it was just so great! Worth reading, although I advise you all to read The Forever King before this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's OK. Sept. 12 2000
By Allan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's OK to like this book. it's friendly, it's fuzzy, it's... it is, in the end, a kid's book written for adults. Or an adults book, written for kids. Thoroughly enjoyable, a good adventure based on all the old stories and fables. It's a yarn that needed to be told (wasn't Arthur known as the once and future king?) and Cochran and Murphy tell it well.
The sequel will be interesting - a republican king? And what will Charles, Camilla, Henry, and all that pasty-faced lot do?
Listen - if you have any interest in the Arthurian stories, you'll have to read it, because it does add to the lexicon.
But if you want something that tells what Arthur and Co. might have really got up to, go to Amazon's Bernard Cornwell site, and buy the Winter King series. Now, that's Arthur!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read Aug. 7 2000
By A Customer
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While I did not enjoy this book as much as The Forever King, it is a good book - The Forever King dealt much more with King Arthur's Fifth Century Britain and I enjoyed that immensely. The Broken Sword picks up where The Forever King left off in today's time period but it dealt much more with Merlin's story. It just depends on which story you are more interested in. I am very excited about the next book and hope it is published soon.
As a side bar, if the authors are reading this review - I would really like to see the stories of Hal's (Galahad) lives through the centuries as he has been reborn looking for Arthur.
Very good books! Don't miss them!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars every bit as exciting as a sequel should be. Jan. 8 1999
By A Customer
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aurthur is now thirteen years old.hal has been with him searching for emily all this time,when finnaly they meet.there reunion is short lived.salidin has passed the torch to someone else a man nammed aubry who will stop at nothing to have posession of the grail.also all the knights of the round table have been brought back to life but are having a rough time adapting to life in the twentieth century,driving hal crazy in the process. this sequel has 5 stars written all over it.a must read if you enjoyed the forever king... there also is a new character named zack,i must say HE`S THE MAN!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
The is a sequel to The Forever King and, like most sequels, it doesn't measure up. Pass it by.
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by T. Mehrens
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the first one!
Yeah so I'm not usually into sequels but damn, this book kicked so much! I loved the Forever king, but the Broken sword is even better! Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by Jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars A WORK OF ART!!! JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST
I can't say enought about this book. It was just as good as its counterpart. I hope that there is a third book soon. Read more
Published on June 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The (TRIUMPHANT) return of King Author is Awesome!
I love this follow-up to The Forever King. The characters were awesome and the story is interesting and engaging. I just wish there were more books in the series. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great sequel
This book was a great sequel a little darker than the first but wow i couldnt put this book down it arrived two days ago started reading it yesterday morning and couldnt sleep... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2001 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars.....BUT
I won't go into much detail of the book, but suffice it to say that if you enjoy Arthurian myth, but with a twist, then you will totally love this book. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as its predecessor, but an excellent read...
This is an engaging, fun adaptation of the Arthurian legend, bringing the celebrated ledged to life in modern times. Although it seems to try too hard at times (i.e. Read more
Published on June 6 2000 by Kimberly D. Lemmonds
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as its predecessor, but an excellent read...
This is an engaging, fun adaptation of the Arthurian legend, bringing the celebrated ledged to life in modern times. Although it seems to try too hard at times (i.e. Read more
Published on June 6 2000 by Kimberly D. Lemmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening, exciting contuination of the story
Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy entranced me with their unique telling of "The forever king". "The broken sword" has taken their unique telling to new heights. Read more
Published on March 12 2000 by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars AN OKAY BOOK
Although I liked The Forever King better, I thought this was a good book. I liked the end a lot, but I think the authors should do a third book. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2000
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