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 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.
This is a common story line, a long ‘dead’ evil is discovered to not be dead, just sleeping. There are many story lines in the book, which is huge, and the first of 4. While some story lines seem to be finished, some are not and you realize that at the end of the book the story is far from done.
Greg Keyes has done an admirable job of taking a common story line and adding his own unique twist to it, at the end most of the threads have woven together and come into one plot line. This book has it all, a doomed royal family, betrayal by trusted people, dark magic and good forces combating it, knights in armor, and crusty old warriors that just might save the day.
The only thing is I don’t know if this is compelling enough to last through 4 books. I hope so since I have already bought the other 3 books, but I don’t know it that is because I really want to read them or because I am obsessed with reading every book in a series I start to read.
People who enjoy Fantasy would probably enjoy this series.