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An exciting new fantasy,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone) (Paperback)
As fantasies go, I have to say I enjoyed this novel - it is certainly in the upper rungs of the genre. Perhaps it didn't rank among the greats, but it certainly entertained me consistently. One of the signs of a talented author is their ability to control several overlapping storylines and characters in a way that keeps you on your toes no matter which person's story you are reading at the time. I hated the end of every chapter when it meant that thread of the story was left hanging, while we delved into another, but again, I was reluctant to finish the next chapter, too. If I had to pick a fault in this book, it would be the character of the king. I assume Keyes intended him to be a good man who suffered from the faults of humanity, but I found myself unable to get over his disrespectful treatment of his wife, a good person, the reasons for which are never explained. I also found it slightly odd that he never actually speaks to his children, though they feature often in his thoughts. Though the impending-evil-doom story is slightly contrived, The Briar King himself is a wonderfully twisted creation of folktale and your typical fantasy-baddy, one of the best villainous concepts to come out recently, and I only wish he had a larger role in the novel. In saying this, I have yet to read the second in the series, a task I am thoroughly looking forward to. Put simply, not one to be missed by any serious fantasy addict like myself.