|Submitted by Michael |
(Mar 06, 2011)
The Briar King starts fasts, swirls around multiple characters (G.R.R. Martin Style), and is actually pleasurable to read. The magic and most of the plot has barely unfolded before the book ends, so if you are expecting a concise conclusion, or need one, this is not your book. The Briar King is only the set-up, the plot and the characterization; this is a 4 book story so let it unfold and savor it.
The " big action" is really pretty slim, but the dialoges and the encounters are creepy and well portrayed. Keyes writes well so you aren't slogging extra lines and piles of words to get to the meat, so scenes go by fast and the dialog is realistic. There is some cliche, but it's definitely fun; go with it and enjoy the characters.
I've read several 100 of the fantasy books out there, and this easily rises to the top. It's not LOTR, it's not Dune and Keyes isn't Martin, but he's not that far behind them.