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.
From School Library Journal
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
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