The Briar King by Greg Keyes
(Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1)

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Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land—and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The king’s woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight—all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber. At the heart of this many-layered tale is Anne Dare, youngest daughter of the royal family . . . upon whom the fate of her world may depend.


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About Greg Keyes

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Greg Keyes was born in Meridian, Mississippi, to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of Georgia before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of The Waterborn, The Blackgod, the Age of Unreason tetralogy, and the Star Wars New Jedi Order novels Edge of Victory I: Conquest, Edge of Victory II: Rebirth, and The Final Prophecy. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Del Rey. 610 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the fantasy kingdom of Crotheny, set in a world that’s just too complicated and overpoliticized to describe—though it does appear to exist in some vaguely post-apocalyptic setting, what with much of the land being referred to as “Virgenya”—trouble is brewing at the start of a simply smashing n...

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By book's end, Princess Anne, the daughter of the Crotheny king, is fleeing for her life with Austra, her maid, and Cazio, a young Vitellian nobleman, having earlier experienced the pains of discipline in a convent and the horrors of having her family butchered.

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At the centre is Princess Anne Dare, who is a direct descendant of the race of warrior queens who wrested the land from the evil that preceded human rule.

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SF Site

Indeed in these terms, The Briar King suffers from a little too much fantasy fat to set the pulse racing or to distinguish itself from any other novel of the genre.

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SF Site

The Briar King, the opener to Greg Keyes's new epic fantasy series The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, begins on the pre-history of a world other than our own.

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My personal opinion is that Greg Keyes book The Briar King is a must read for anyone who is up for a ride through epic fantasy.

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SFFWorld.com

Whereas other writers can bog the reader down with too much information about the world, taking away from the flow of the story, pace of the plot and importance of the characters, Keyes manages to bring everything together, imbuing both the world and character with genuine depth, yet leaving just...

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SF Signal

The first two books were released by a different publisher and under a different series title than the third book, and maybe that’s why the series isn’t the huge seller I think it deserves to be.

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Boomtron

I wish more writers incorporated a spiritual element tied to a redemption theme.

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Boomtron

Switching it up this time to a review of the first book of one of the more worthwhile epic fantasy series being written at the moment, The Kingdom of Thorn and Bone, by Greg Keyes.

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