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.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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