The Briar King by Greg Keyes(32 ratings)
|Title||The Briar King|
|Series||The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone|
|Submitted by Michael |
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.
|Submitted by Skylar Odle |
Greg Keyes has, and will always be my most influential author. He manages to achieve a level of reality that is the root to every fantasy reader's desire. His ability to take a well-known myth and twist it until it becomes his own shows that, though all originality may have long since died in the world, the search for a truly devine read is not a lost cause.
|Submitted by Russell Stevenson |
One of the most highly addictive reads around, this book fast becomes hard to put down. It's not that it's hugely original, but the way its written which makes it highly engaging, with several plots running at the same time. The protagonists are sympathetic and likeable, yet there is enough putridness to the villains to balance the story. The only criticisms are the ending, which although part of a series is still quite unsatisfying, and that it is sometimes a little cliched. Overall though, very good and a worthwile read for anyone into the fantasy genre.
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