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Break the Chains

(Scorched Continent #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  36 reviews
As the city that produces the most selium - that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic - Hond Steading is a jewel worth stealing. To shore up the city's defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he'll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isl ...more
Published September 6th 2016 by Angry Robot (first published 2016)
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Althea Ann
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent sequel to the excellent "Steal The Sky." I highly recommend reading "Steal the Sky" first however, as it contains a lot of fairly necessary character generation and background information which will definitely enhance your enjoyment of this one.

Pretty much all the main characters from the first book make a re-appearance, and we find ourselves dropped right into the middle of an audacious plot.

The charming rogue and reluctant heir to Honding, Detan, has decided that the only way to s
Beth Cato
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this from the publisher via NetGalley. The book will be released in October 2016.

Steal the Sky was one of my favorite books last year, a steampunk mash-up of lovable rogues and magic with a Firefly-like vibe. Therefore, I was really excited to get to read the sequel early. It lived up to my expectations. One caveat: do read Steal the Sky first! O'Keefe has created an incredibly complex world, and she jumps straight into the action in Break the Chains.

Detan and his posse dive into dang
John McDermott
Break the Chains sees Detan, Tibs and the rest of the crew reunited for another adventure in which they must infiltrate a prison in order to break out a scientist. I thought the writing in this book to be much improved than Steal the Sky and along with the plot was much tighter. Enjoyable characters throughout although New Chums characterisation was a little underwhelming. Good action with plenty of swash to go with the buckle in what is essentially a Fantasy Steampunk Ocean's 11. Very good ente ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
I kind of forgot I was reading this last year. That's not a great endorsement for a book, the fact that I completely forgot it existed until I saw its sequel was coming out.

I wasn't overly in love with the first book for a few reasons, and this book unfortunately suffered from similar problems. One such problem, is the fact that I don't really like any of the characters. It really isn't that hard to make characters with different personalities, but these books tend to have several people I can
Kurt Rocourt
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, contests, e-books
I really wanted to like this book but it was a chore. It started as a chore and then became a job. I read the first book and felt it had a lot of ideas but not one central idea. I hoped that this book would pick one central idea and stick with it to the end. Well it got down to three ideas but the rest of the book was difficult. It takes place one year after the first book but where everyone is going in this book is odd. One character is now gathering a rebellion. One character is now a pirate/l ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Some authors need a lot of editing, and, judging from the pre-release version I read (and the first in the series, which I also read before its release), this author is one of those. I hope she gets it, because underneath a great many vocabulary fumbles and some comma and tense mistakes, there's a well-told story here. At the same time, I didn't feel as engaged in this book as I did with the previous one, and I'm struggling to put my finger on exactly why.

The protagonists have clear goals, whic
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9780857664945

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.7/5

Publishers Description: As the city that produces the most selium – that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic – Hond Steading is a jewel worth stealing. To shore up the city’s defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he’ll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But No
Jess Crafts
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read the first book in this series a few months ago and I absolutely loved it (I mean seriously one of the best books I’ve read this year) so when I received the sequel in exchange for a review on netgalley I was mega excited. I was also slightly apprehensive to read it as I really wanted it to be good. Well, I am so glad to say that this book lived up to my pretty high expectations perfectly. I loved it.

Detan is back and just as cocky as ever but we get to go deeper into each of the character
Andrea Stewart
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Break the Chains is a wonderful follow-up to Steal the Sky! I feel like it's easy for an author to hit a sophomore slump with the second book, but O'Keefe's second book is tightly written, suspenseful, and full of heart.

I really enjoyed the revealing and deepening of all the characters. I felt like I knew Detan, Tibs, and Ripka pretty well by the end of the first book, but the situations they get themselves into in book 2 reveal more of who they are and the things they've been through in the pas
Linda Robinson
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. The 3rd Scorched Continent book doesn't come out until 4 April. ACKH! In this book, we join Pelkaia aboard the disguised Larkspur, with her exec Coss, rescued Jeffin, Laella, Essi sailing to rescue a deviant about to be tossed off a ledge. "Ho, watchers!" she hails, and the game's afoot. This book is rambunctious, a careering train of scrapes into scuffles into struggles. Lord Detan Honding is up to his tattooed neck in one of his gone-awry plans. Fugitive Ripka Leshe (nee Watc ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
There are enough twists and turns in this book to fit in well with the genre but I got to the end feeling I hadn't really understood exactly what had been going on. This comes as a consequence of virtually all authors writing a fantasy novel wanting to make their individual novels all part of a trilogy or a series – and O'Keefe is one of those authors. This push, coming from lazy publishers who hope that if they chance upon a success then they can let the novels own fame do the work for them, ha ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

I wasn't a big fan of the first book in this series, but I already had/have books two and three in my ARC queue and have decided to try to give the series a chance - particularly in light of all the great reviews it is getting, and because I generally really like this publisher.

'Selium' is a gas with some unusual properties that makes airships float and gives some people magical powers. Some people are 'sel-sensitive'. Of
Ju Transcendancing
An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Break the Chains is a fantastic follow up to Steal the Sky. This is what anticipating a new fantasy series should feel like! I really enjoyed the first book in this series Steal the Sky last year and so I was delighted to be invited to review the second book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the third!

I love the characters in this series, and what I love about Detan, Tibs, Ripka and the rest this time is tha

Oh wow this was good! I am currently kicking myself for not having the 3rd book on hand!

This book cuts between Detan and Ripka's POVs equally, although I would still say Detan is probably still the main character (maybe?). The world continues to expand well and focuses on a coastal part of the Scorched.

I really felt for Detan (most of the time) in this book which is quite something seeing as I couldn't stand him at the beginning of the first book. Tibs gets a lot more development than he got in

Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Break the Chains brings back all the great characters from the first book and throws them into a prison break story. I like the world and how it and the setting is getting more fleshed out, but this is the second book in a trilogy and it really reads like it. As much as I liked the last book this one is different in a few regards. Chapters switching POV in the early chapters got annoying fast because they would end or hint with action, and then didn't deliver on it until a few chapters later, wh ...more
Earl Roske
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite of the three books in the series. (Three!? Why only three? Waaahaaa!)
Anyway. Moving on.
My favorite because it is the most surprising of the three. It's a lot like being in an old, abandoned building. Little weird things happen and it's nerve wracking wondering what's around the next corner but you can't not look and what you expect to see isn't what is there and is often even more surprising than what you'd imagined. So the heart gets a cardio workout and the brain gets an e
Grayson Fox
Did I miss book 1.5 or something?

I liked the first book quite a bit and I enjoy O'Keefe as an author but I thought I had accidentally started reading book 3 here at first. I feel like there was a lot that happened off screen between books and I definitely felt a little fomo. Hoping for a little smoother transition in book 3.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Much like the previous book. Same cons of amateur writing and blend-voiced characters and cartoonish banter, same pros of moving plot that holds some interest.
Unfortunately not much happens besides the plot moving along - it's still interesting, I'll probably read on, but it had the potential to be so much more than this.
Sara Garcia
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one I loved even more than Steal the Sky. I felt as if I knew the characters even more and understood the world a little better. O'Keefe gets better and better with each book and I am LOVING this series. ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seriously I love this series. Deaton is a wacky sarcastic character that is so much fun to be around and both the females leads could kick his ass up and down the ship. You can't find a better steampunk book. ...more
Elisabeth Kauffman
The great story continues! I'm looking forward to the next installment! ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this was better than the first book. I just felt the author has improved her craft in terms of pacing and characterization, but not enough to go from a 3 star to a 4 star rating.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even better than its predecessor, . Now that all the pieces are on the board, things are getting *really* tense and interesting.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Once again an otherwise good book is beset with unnecessary F-bombs everywhere.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Break the Chains is the second in Megan O’Keefe’s “The Scorched Continent” series. I took a look at the first one a little while ago, and felt that it had a lot of potential . The sequel bears that out, bringing some damaged and delightfully convincing characters into a vividly realised world.

We’ve seen parts of the Scorched Continent before, but this instalment focuses on new environs – in particular, on a maximum security prison. The facility isn’
Maja Ingrid
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3,5 stars.

Would have given this book 4 stars but when I began reading it I was in a distracted state of mind (also very very tired) so I had problems getting in to it.... took half the book until my brain decided to finally wake up and get into the story, and I'm really happy it did because I really enjoy this series!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Thoughts Stained With Ink:

If you read my review over the first book in The Scorched Continent (which, can we just say how fantastic of a series name that is?), Steal the Sky, it comes to no surprise that I was really, really excited to read the next installment. Unfortunately, I’m in a financial situation where buying books isn’t a luxury I get to partake in. Thankfully, I have within my grasp the glorious power of a library card. As soon as I realized that Break the Chain
Leader of the Pack
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming camaraderie and an endless supply of crossbow bolts make Break the Chains one of the most fun novels of 2016.
Alysa H.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Taking place about a year after the close of the previous installment, this book sees the return of all the characters -- Detan, Tibs, Ripka, Pelkaia, "New Chum", and others -- while introducing plenty of new ones. New locations are also introduced, including the remote island prison upon which most of the plot revolves.

As issue I had with the first book was that the worldbuilding, while pretty good, could have used a little more fleshing out in terms of both the geopolitical landscape and the
Sara Hollingsworth
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
Again, re-reading. Definitely still enjoy the series. I think the world building gets a little more fleshed out here and the plot is more solid than the first one. Still, I would say that the series doesn't quite make it on my favorites list. It's good, and I definitely like the author, but I'm not sure I'd re-read this series again. ...more
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Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on.

Megan lives in the Bay Area of California. She's won the Gemmell Morningstar Award for

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