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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.
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Critic Reviews

"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." ( review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brian L. Manley on 12-27-12


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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jake on 06-10-10

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 07-08-13

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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