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one of the best debut novels for a series in some time,
This review is from: The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone (Paperback)) (Mass Market Paperback)
I had never heard of "TheBriar King" or Greg Keyes until I saw Terry Brooks plugging the book on his web site. I decided to check it out. It has always been difficult for me to get excited about a new fantasy series, it feels like a major investment of time and I don't want it to be a waste. But, with the Terry Brooks recommendation and blurbs on the back cover from Melanie Rawn and Katherine Kurtz, I was willing to give the book a chance. I'm glad that I did.
"The Briar King" will suffer from inevitable comparisons to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" and to George Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire". While such comparisons are only natural, they are unfair. A fantasy series needs time to develop over several books to be fairly compared to another major series. Also, while there are a couple of stylistic similarities, "The Briar King" is wholly distinct. It also stands up quite well on its own.
The novel begins thousands of years before the main story, as we see the origins of the land and the prophecy that will begin to shape the events of the book. The novel follows several characters: the headstrong daughter of a king, a woodsman, and a bookish scholar. While some of these paths to intertwine at points, there is quite a bit going on to build the world as a real place as well as creating a detailed story that will be a joy to follow over 4 books. The series will be called "The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone" and will be four books.
This is an exciting new fantasy series, and any fan of Robert Jordan or George Martin owes it to him or herself to check this one out.