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The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #01by Greg Keyes
Synopses & Reviews
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 kings 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.
"[S]imply smashing....Keyes takes all the genre's conventions and...breathes new life into them. Action-packed fantasy rife with humor and sensuality...an epic new series sure to hook readers by the wagonful." Kirkus Reviews
"Keyes's talent for world crafting and storytelling makes this series opener a strong addition to fantasy collections." Library Journal
"The characters in The Briar King absolutely brim with life. It's been a while since I've been this taken with a traditional fantasy novel, but Keyes hooked me from the first page." Charles de Lint, award-winning author of Forests of the Heart and The Onion Girl
"Readers drawn to sagas so sweeping that they only get started in the first five hundred pages will love Keyes's fully realized world....Most of all, however, readers will love Keyes's characters..." Rebecca Barnhouse, VOYA
"A high-level, high-fantasy novel....Complex story lines and multifaceted characters are introduced deftly....Keyes employs his considerable storytelling skills to great effect here, creating an epic cliff-hanger..." School Library Journal
"A wonderful tale....It crackles with suspense and excitement from start to finish." Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series
"Lord, how the man can use the English language. [Greg Keyes] can really spin out images — and he's given some really clever twists to old tried-and-true fantasy premises....Definitely left me turning the pages late." Katherine Kurtz, New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni Chronicles
"A gorgeous work of deep intrigues and exciting characters, and action to leave the reader breathless. The Briar King belongs in every fantasy collection." Melanie Rawn, bestselling author of the Dragon Prince and Exiles series
"Starts off with a bang, spinning a snare of terse imagery and compelling characters that grips tightly and never lets up....A graceful, artful tale from a master storyteller." Elizabeth Haydon, author of Destiny: Child of the Sky
"A thrill ride to the end, with plenty of treachery, revelation, and even a few bombshell surprises." Monroe News-Star (LA)
An ancient peace (albeit a peace won on the battlefield) is slowly fragmenting, allowing minions of evil to roam the troubled lands. Opposing the Skasloi and their ilk are a mismatched group of children, priests, and novices — the last hope of the land. This is the first volume in the Kingdom of Thorn and Bone series.
About the Author
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 Age of Unreason tetrology and The Charnel Prince (Book II in The Kingdoms of Blood and Stone) as well as The Waterborn, The Blackgod, and the Star Wars New Jedi Order novels—Edge of Victory I: Conquest and Edge of Victory II: Rebirth. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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