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The Broken Sword

(Halcyon #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  18 reviews
For fans of swashbuckling adventures such as The Princess Bride and The Three Musketeers:

When they tried to conquer the New World, the Espani lost everything: soldiers, ships, wealth, and even their faith. But Don Lorenzo Quesada believes an ancient holy relic will restore his country to prosperity and honor, unless the military finds it first. Accompanied by his best fenc
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 2011)
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Kitty Austin
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Joseph Robert Lewis has taken the best part of living in a Steampunk age and written two extraordinary novels full of excitement and imagination. Taziri Ohana is one of the best airship pilots around, struggling with home life and her job. When almost the entire fleet of ships as well as their crew is wiped out by an attack, it is up to her to find the ones responsible, discover the conspiracy at a higher level and save the day.

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The international bunch from the first book is back, this time with their lives intersecting in Espani. Taziri is now flying the Halycon 2, which is an airplane instead of an airship. Major Zidane is working as flight security, and Keenan is her copilot. Qhora and Lorenzo are married and living in Madrid running a fencing school. One day, Taziri's flight drifts a bit off-course, while bringing passengers from Italia to Mazigh, and they happen to spot a brand-new Espani warship that promptly shoo ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The story that Lewis began in The Burning Sky continues in The Broken Sword. Some time has passed and not all of the heroes from the first story have returned, however some of the villains have. Lorenzo and Qhora are back to guide us through Lorenzo's homeland Espani. Taziri has returned as well, although now she is the captain of the Halcyon Two. Syfax is also back although after the incidents in The Burning Sky he has been transferred to being a sky marshall to help protect th ...more
Cassie McCown
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I was a lucky winner of this book in a LibraryThing giveaway.

Firstly, Joseph Robert Lewis is certainly a talented writer! This piece is incredibly imaginative and fascinating. I particularly love the way the historical and factual is interwoven with the fantastical and fictional—a favorite mixture of mine. There was just enough of the real world—marital issues, wars, intricate machines—combined with the supernatural—ghosts, demons, magical relics.

Each character is wonderfully developed and com
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn’t enjoy the story and the genre as well. Steampunk fascinates me for quite a short period of time, until I found myself literally drowning in its outrageous concept although The Broken Sword wasn’t the first book of the same genre I’ve read. I just couldn’t connect to the story anyhow. While the author did impress me with his imagery of how alternate Spain looks like, somehow his story failed to draw me in. I felt like something is still missing and I was constantly looking for ‘it’ in th ...more
Jun 27, 2011 added it
I enjoyed this book and I will be reading more by this author. The book moved quickly, and I found I cared about the characters and engaged in the story, so much so that I've bought the first book. You don't need to read the first book to enjoy the second.

The world in this series is not like our world, more like our world on an alternative track. It takes place on the Other Earth. The northern lands are still in the Ice Age, and the majority of story takes place in Espana. a very cool Espana. Es
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book. It's the kind of good that makes me tell people to read the first book in the series just so they can read this one. The first book, The Burning Sky, is a good book in it's own right, but I found The Broken Sword to be the better of the two.

Lewis has created a very interesting world with well realized characters. The Broken Sword benefits from it's ability to jump right into the story without having to explain the setting and the people. And that's what's so great here.
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Broken Sword (Halcyon #2)
by Joseph Robert Lewis

A highly entertaining steam punk fantasy set in an alternate universe, The Broken Sword, moves quickly and is filled with interesting and engaging characters. Opening the book I soon found myself shivering through an Ice Age winter in Espana, with Don Lorenzo Quesada de Gadir, fencing master who specializes in the Sword of Life technique. Revolutionary and a pacifist, Don Lorenzo, his Incan wife Qhora, and his fencing pupils find themselves in
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Halcyon series, I have read the first book as well. This book continues with the same characters as in the first one, but the previously seperate plot lines get merged as the main characters meet and interact with each other in this book. The airship Halcyon is not central to this book, but it was still important.

The central characters, Tahiri, Lorenzo, Kenan, and Qhora all undergo some development in this book. They have depth and feelings and help draw the reader
Trudy Steele
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series and I didn't read the first book. This didn't prevent me from understanding and enjoying the story. But the fact that this book was enjoyable makes me want to go back and read the first book.

The story focuses on Don Lorenzo who is an Spanish ex-soldier who now runs a fencing school with his Incan wife. The story reads at a good pace and has just enough adventure to keep your attention. You find yourself drawn to the characters and wanting everything to turn ou
Jennifer Osterman
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having read the first book in this series, I was happy to return to the world that Lewis has created. This world, similar to ours but caught in an Ice Age that never ended, is strongly developed and very real. I felt that the pacing in The Broken Sword was a little more even than in the previous adventure, The Burning Sky. Lewis writes a good mixture of adventure, romance and humor about very solidly developed characters. I enjoy the contrast of technology and mythology that winds through this b ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mister Lewis you have done it again. The key players from the Burning Sky are back and having issues yet again. This time, the story is focused on Enzo and Qhora and based in their homeland of España. These are the most amazing stories, and I love them even more since I myself have a daughter named Cora! On to the third!
Maria Lawson
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the first book but this one was even better. Still an outside the box read for me but enjoyable.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quick and entertaining read. Further characterization and development of the alternate world.
Willow Webster
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book! My new favorite author!
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is Book 2 in the Halcyon Trilogy, I did not read Book 1. I did feel a little like I was missing things when reading this book. There were references to things that obviously happened in the first book and I didn't always understand what was going on.

Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I had a hard time getting into this novel. There was so much of the same thing going on, travelling here, getting into a fight. Travelling there, getting into a fight. It was usually the same person they were fi
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
This novel is the second one in the "Halcyon" series, written by this author, and it turned out to be an entertaining and interesting book, overall. You find yourself again meeting some of the characters from the first book, but with a different focus and another scenario, plus some new elements that will play their part in the plot. I liked it and it made me like Lorenzo and Qhora even more, but it seems I came to read this with too high expectations and got a little disappointed, specially whe ...more
This was a great read with a story set in a fascinating world where history developed differently to our own. Joseph Robert Lewis has put together some well developed characters in this steam punk fantasy novel.
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Joseph Robert Lewis enjoys creating worlds in which history, mythology, and fantasy collide in unpredictable ways. He also likes writing about heroines that his daughters can respect and admire. Joe was born in Annapolis and went to the University of Maryland to study ancient novels, morality plays, and Viking poetry.

Other books in the series

Halcyon (3 books)
  • The Burning Sky (Halcyon #1)
  • The Bound Soul (Halcyon #3)