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The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1)
The Briar King - Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1
Author: Greg Keyes
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 sud...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345440709
ISBN-10: 0345440706
Publication Date: 3/30/2004
Pages: 608
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 74 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1) on + 60 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This book jumps around a lot but once you start following all the players, it is a very good story. I will continue to follow this series.
reviewed The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1) on + 774 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This excellent fantasy series ("Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone") is very
reminiscent of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire - except that
it's actually finished! (There's one more book in the series that I
haven't yet read.) It follows a similar format, structurally, and the
'feel' of the writing is very similar. The story itself, however, is
quite original - at least, more so than many fantasy epics. I mean,
it's still got Dark Forces and Bold Warriors and Beautiful Queens etc,
etc... but we want that, right?

The implication, at the beginning of The Briar King is that the lost
colony of Roanoke island was somehow transported into an alternate
world. However, not much is done with this setup, as we are now many
many years from that time, and fully immersed in this world - a world
where humans were once enslaved by the demon lords, the Skasloi, but
managed to free themselves through dread magics, and develop a
medieval-type society.
However, the King's Holter, a dedicated woodsman, Aspar White, has
been seeing strange and ill things in his forest of late... When he
rescues Stephen, an innocent young scholar and novice monk, from
bandits, he is at first irritated by the young man's naivete, but soon
realizes his book-learning may shed light on some of the mysteries of
the forest... old tales of the rise of the fearsome Briar King, a sort
of Green Man/nature spirit of ambiguous nature.
Meanwhile, the mystic prophecies of the gypsy-like Sefry race seem to
indicate that there must be a Queen in the land. There is indeed a
Queen - and some princesses to boot - but there are also assassins
abroad... The low-born warrior knight Neil McVren is absolutely loyal
to Queen Muriele - and also falling in love with one of her daughters
- but his bravery may not be enough to stop the treachery and foul
plots that surround the royal women.
reviewed The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1) on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
good characters, gripping story, epic fantasy, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
reviewed The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1) on + 45 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Plenty of dry wit, humor, and adventure, intriguing plots, and just enough romance to add a little spice to things. This book is an excellent addition to any shelf!
reviewed The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Excellent story line, full of twists and tunrs. You never really know who the good guy is!
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Fast, easy, fun read. Haven't read the subsequent volumes yet (on order) but looking forward to more.
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Character driven with a good story line. It moves along well without bogging down in the "how do I stretch this to 4 volumes" trap. A good mix of characters, some of whom are not all they seem and several other surprises along the way. You will want to read all 4 books. Briar King, Blood Knight, Charnel Prince and Born Queen.

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