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The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1 | [Greg Keyes]

The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Gregory Keyes (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Although The Briar King will suffer the inevitable comparison with George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, it should be said that Keyes's work is no mere rip-off. This is excellent world building, applied with a dark, powerful touch that should convince Martin fans to become Keyes fans, too." (Amazon.com review)

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    Jake Marietta, GA United States 06-10-10
    Jake Marietta, GA United States 06-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Good stuff"

    You might want to skip to first 40 minutes as too battle-gory and 2-dimensional, which is unfortunately part of the sample provided. Especially as you don't need it for the other 19 hours of story. After that, it gets good and follows several 3-dimensional characters, in an interesting plot with mystery, action, and humor. No graphic sex, graphic violence imagary is rare and you can actually follow the story after that first 40 min, good characterization and plot. I've listened to it twice and probably will again. They ought to drop the critic comment about ASOIF series because nothing compares to that and this is not at all trying to be a knock-off.

    The narrator seemed well above average and not overly dramatic to me. He also manages to do female characters convincingly without sounding like a drag-queen and making my skin crawl, a mistake many male (and vice versa) narrators make. Most characters are given recognizable and voices matching their personality.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 12-27-12
    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 12-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and

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    "Good Book One, But TERRIBLE SERIES!"

    I almost gave this book 4 stars. It's not a bad book in itself, but when you take into account that it's a series of four total books; it's not a series worth starting. Trust me when I say that's it's not worth the trouble. I got sucked into a decent plot with intriguing characters, only to see the author throw them into a blender by book 3. I'm never much for giving detailed reviews, I just tell a little about what I thought about the book and the author. So I apologize if I'm not more detailed.

    In short, I wouldn't recommend this book. Not because it's not a good single book. Because you'll want more and you'll get more with book two (the best out of the series) but then it's over with. It's like the author decided at the last minute to make a two book series into a four book series. And it shows. By the end of the series, your favorite characters change totally and become weird characters that you can no longer understand or relate to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony NEWBERG, OR, United States 10-13-12
    Tony NEWBERG, OR, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book, A Lot Going On"

    This is a good story but slow to start. There are a lot of characters and lines of focus in the story. That is easy for me to follow when reading, took a little more in audiobook format. By the end of the book I was tied in and tracking.

    The story does come together well, with several characters that I have become interested in. The knight guarding the queen, the priest, the scurvy swordsman. All were well done and made me interested in following them.

    The narrator, Patrick Michael, does a wonderful job. He keeps the different characters believable and does a good job going between male and female voices. He also does a good job with the pace and inflection of the general narration of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Montpelier, VT, United States 05-23-10
    Karen Montpelier, VT, United States 05-23-10
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    "Couldn't listen to more than 30 minutes."

    This might be perectly fine to read in paper, but I found the narration of the audio version overly dramatic, sounding like very bad acting. It gave the feeling of listening to enthusiastic adolescents playing dungeons and dragons - it was impossible to suspend disbelief or to submerge into the story.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Solna, Sweden 10-08-12
    Johan Solna, Sweden 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a masterpiece"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is simple enough to follow even if you miss half of it. If you are planning to uncork a 50yo whisky, light a cuban cigar and sit down in your favorite chair to listen to a good book ... this is probably not for you. If you want something to listen to while commuting to work or doing tedious work at home this is perfect. It is like a McDonalds meal of fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jessica MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 11-09-11
    jessica MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "hi, I swallowed a thesaurus"

    Its bad, couldnt get through it. The performance is way overdone and the writing is bad. I bought 3 of these and couldnt make it through 1. A more subtle reading might have got me further in, might have made it bareable, but the affected language together with the melodramatic performance was more than I could manage.

    Hot tip of the day authors - good fantasy feels real when your in it. If you aint never heard someone say something like that - don't put those words in a character's mouth

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy El Cajon, CA, USA 03-20-14
    Cathy El Cajon, CA, USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Good story, bad reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different reader.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Michael?

    Someone who can pronounce English. "Fete" is not pronounced "feet"; the emphasis in "hegemony" is on the second syllable, not the third, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, the the movies always cut out a lot of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Page Santa Maria, CA, United States 10-21-13
    Page Santa Maria, CA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "im hooked"
    What did you love best about The Briar King?

    got through this book in record time dont start if your about to study for tests lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas A San Diego, CA, USA 07-12-13
    Thomas A San Diego, CA, USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Slow start lost me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pick up the action.


    Was The Briar King worth the listening time?

    Don't know, got lost and bored.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe give it a try later, right now I'll listen to something I've read before.

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    Robin Santee, California, United States 02-21-13
    Robin Santee, California, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"
    If you could sum up The Briar King in three words, what would they be?

    Everything you could ask for in a fast paced adventure


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    wish I would have had the time to just sit and listen to the whole book at one time.


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  • Mila
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    "A promising start"
    If you could sum up The Briar King in three words, what would they be?

    To be honest I expected more than the book managed to deliver. The title alone was enough to seduce me into purchasing The Briar King. But even with such a promising start it fell short. It took a good chunk of the first part to get the plot going and to be honest the first hundred pages felt like a really, really long prologue. After a while the plot and action picked up but it is difficult to care about an obnoxious character when you haven't been carried on by the momentum of the series of actions the said character makes, but rather feel like you are forced to read through a tedious introduction. The second part of the book redeems the snoozefest the first part is.
    Overall, The Briar King has potential as a first book of series. Not quite original but not exactly a carbon copy of some previously published works of other authors
    I would rate it 3,5 out of 5, mostly for the exquisitely worded paragraphs.


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