"Broken Blade is a power house of war time drama. Rygert is a peaceful fellow with ties to the king and queen of his nation. When war comes, his old friend the king sends for him. Rygert wonders why since he is a dud as he cannot use quartz, something every citizen can do and does use in a society run via the manipulation of synthesized quartz. However an ancient Golem (read: mecha) was found and the one person that can use it is Rygert. Now he is thrust into violent conflict with one of his closest friends now on opposing sides, and must contend also with his own anguished feelings over fighting, and his longtime attraction to the queen."