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The Blood Knight (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,923 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Brimming with passion and adventure, Greg Keyes’s epic saga of a royal family’s fall from power through treachery and dark magic, set amid the return of ancient evils whose malevolence threatens to annihilate humanity, bids fair to become a classic of its kind. Now, in the eagerly awaited third installment, Keyes draws the threads of his tapestry ever tighter, illuminating ...more
Paperback, 547 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Del Rey (first published April 1st 2006)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Aug 03, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing
A word of advice: do not let too much time pass before reading each next instalment in this tetralogy. This novel opens somewhat in the thick of things, and I had to refer back to both The Charnel Prince and The Briar King to catch up on the characters and the back story. This is not a bad thing though. It is, to be honest, a quite seamless transition between novels. As the story progresses, the reader’s memory is jogged more than adequately, so no harm done.

Again, I have to commend Keyes for hi
Lasairfiona Smith
Nov 27, 2007 Lasairfiona Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
More! Must have more!

It has taken three books to figure out who is the good guys and who the bad guys are. It becomes much more clear in this book but I still have a bit on uncertainty. I love how complex this is. And that twist!

When my boyfriend who usually sticks to things like Kafka loves this series, you know it is a good one. Yes, the writing is a bit chopy but the story completely and utterly makes up for it. I believe I have said that before but it bears repeating.

The next one doesn't com
Jun 04, 2015 YouKneeK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book out of four in the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series and I enjoyed it a lot – about as much as I enjoyed the second book. This book felt a little more concentrated on a smaller set of story lines and characters, although that perception may be inaccurate. I think in reality it had close to the same number of characters, but fewer distinct storylines because events have begun merging together more. However, the over-all story seems to be getting progressively more intricate ...more
Jan 09, 2010 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review is going to be, sad to say, basically a list of what annoyed me. The more I continue into this series the more I find small things that didn't bother me before, but do now. The series actually seems to be slowing down as I read it. The characters don't seem to be doing much until the very end of the book. When I think back on the book, almost nothing stands out to me and I literally can't say what exactly went on. There are some plot elements that are still open from the first book t ...more
Althea Ann
Sep 25, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This excellent fantasy series ("Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone") is very
reminiscent of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire - except that
it's actually finished! (There's one more book in the series that I
haven't yet read.) It follows a similar format, structurally, and the
'feel' of the writing is very similar. The story itself, however, is
quite original - at least, more so than many fantasy epics. I mean,
it's still got Dark Forces and Bold Warriors and Beautiful Queens etc,
etc... but we want th
Shari  Mulluane
Apr 15, 2009 Shari Mulluane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have some mixed feelings about this installment of the series. Maybe because my gut is telling me that it should all be wrapped up by now, and yet there is another book to go. More then likely it is the lack of character development, which has been replaced by plot development. Well, I am all about the characters, and this book did not feed my need so to speak. Basically, readers who are more story focused then character focused will find plenty to love here. Character focused readers might be ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This one took me a while to read, mostly due to other distractions and I think my enjoyment of it suffered due to that.

These books are clearly designed to be fast paced page-turner's based on some of the techniques used (e.g. cliff hanger chapter ends). To get most out of it I think the reader needs to reciprocate and keep up a good reading pace so that events flow smoothly towards the all action final 100 pages or so.

I do enjoy the way he mirrors the reality of historical records and tradition
Feb 24, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Greg Keyes is still loosing me in the story because of the language barriers, and ancient languages. If he had simply stated that the character said, whatever, in Vitellian or which ever, but wrote what the character said in English, readers like me would not be kicked out of the story.
Part IV was the most powerful with the revelations and secrets of the Sefry, that I didn’t see coming.
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To save time I'm reviewing the series rather than the individual books.

I enjoyed The Kingdom of Thorn and Bone, but I did have some issues. For one thing, it's quite a bit darker than the fantasy books I usually enjoy -- more in the vein of "grimdark" fantasy, though perhaps not as much as George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which it slightly predates. The series also had a bit more torture, murder, sex, and sensuality than I would normally choose (the sex is not explicit, but the tortu
Apr 24, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was the best book of the series so far. Things are really moving along. If you are a fan of epic/heroic fantasy, you should give this series a shot. This book, as well as the final book, The Born Queen will give you your money's worth. More thoughts here
by Ax
Aug 25, 2014 by Ax rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastico
Verso la fine

Questo terzo volume di Keyes cresce in intensità (rispetto ai romanzi precedenti) grazie a una maggiore propensione all'uso di colori scuri nelle emozioni dei personaggi, così come nel tocco visionario di alcune situazioni in grado di elevare le vicende al di sopra di una linearità di fondo che, seppur capace di tenermi incollato alle pagine (e con gusto!), non mi ha mai dato un reale senso di meraviglia; rimango dell'idea che l'autore debba osare di più.
In conclusione, questa trilo
Mar 24, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was enjoyable, but I was led to believe this series was on par with Song of Ice and Fire. That's not true, but it doesn't mean it's not worth reading, it's just very different. This probably isn't the best book in the series either, mainly because like 90% is characters just randomly getting laid out of nowhere.
Solace Winter
Sep 29, 2015 Solace Winter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book three gave me more hope for Aspar as a character. I spent a lot of book two wondering why this story was even prevalent in the plot, as the kingdom storyline took hold, and found in book three the stories all melded together much better. I can't help but feel sorry for Winna again in this story as she seems very easily brushed aside and like a character who never really could come into her own because she was never given the chance.

That being said, we still have Neil, Anne, and Cazio who co
May 23, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The story continues...

And I am seriously enjoying this series. The pacing is great with each chapter ending on an almost-cliffhanger without the repeated trick feeling "cheap" as it does when so many other authors do it. The characters are complex and varied - you understand why each is making the decisions they are, while simultaneously realising they are not headed in the same direction. The world-building is awesome with layer after layer of complexity. None of the "reveals" feel "cheap and n
Jul 04, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This is a very good story. Constant action, good villains, clean crisp dialog and even some laughs. The author also creates imaginative poems/songs and quotes fitting the worlds myth. Eager to get to each new book in the series.
Aug 16, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of George R. R. Martin and Robert Jordan
Recommended to John by: R.A. Salvatore
A solid continuation of the series that increases the stakes as well as raises some interesting questions about good and evil. Second only to George R. R. Martin's series, this is my favorite high fantasy series.
Jun 15, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans for George R. R. Martin
An excellent continuation of the series. If you like high fantasy with a dark and political bent (think Martin's Game of Thrones series), then you'll like this one even more, mainly because it's actually finished...
Feb 24, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Greg Keyes is still loosing me in the story because of the language barriers, and ancient languages. If he had simply stated that the character said, whatever, in Vitellian or which ever, but wrote what the character said in English, readers like me would not be kicked out of the story.
Part IV was the most powerful with the revelations and secrets of the Sefry, that I didn’t see coming.
(view spoiler)
Jan 17, 2009 Dellitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is as good as The Briar King. Fantastic. I love how complex the plot is and the characters are equally intriguing.
Jan 22, 2009 Renamski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book begins to reveal that the line between good and evil can sometimes be blurred.
Things picked up here, albeit with lots of travelling. Also lots of obscure references to things still unclear at the end of the book, including thrones, the Faiths, creatures vs the Brier King, and the Kept. An interesting Sefry revelation at the end and the event named in the book title. Lots of fighting and injuries but very little in the way of clarity as to what is going on, beyond the basic battle, only that it was ALL significant. But not having any idea of the motivations rather dulls th ...more
Joy Wilson
May 16, 2015 Joy Wilson marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps enthralling me!

Where to begin? First of all, I hate to keep reading because then the series will be over; however, I must keep reading because I am totally captivated by this work of fiction. Greg Keyes, I can't believe I haven't read your work before, it is truly wonderful. The characters are rich and deep, they do some things true to archetypes, but they also do the unexpected. Yes, they live when they should die, but isn't that the point. Heroes are supposed to survive
Sep 27, 2013 Errolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone Series I am always surprised that this series does not get anymore attention, because it deserves more. I picked up the first book,The Briar King, on a whim. I was looking for something to read to pass the time and just picked it up at the bookstore because it sounded interesting. I am always looking for books that are good fantasy, but not predictable repetitive like some other fantasy books. You know, the usual young boy finds out he is special in some way; goes ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Book: 8/10 - 3/5/11
Series: 5/10 - 3/21/11
This is another series that started out well but ended terribly. The first two books were excellent - great fantasy with interesting and detailed characters; a good plot with an interesting world with a big back story. It kind of reminded me of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, but focusing on fewer characters with a less intricate plot. The third book was still solid, but there was less character and plot development...still interesting and r
Peter Greenwell
The least of the three I've read so far and rather than comment on what I liked (see my previous reviews of this series to date) I'll have a minor league rant on the things that got my goat.

A whole bunch of unwelcome fantasy (and literature) tropes are starting to creep into this series. Absurd personal relationships being the big one. What is it with fantasy novels and this? It's almost as if the presence of dragons, necromancers and magic warps people's romantic emotions...much of the boy-gir
May 08, 2008 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I enjoyed reading Keyes's third installment to his Kingdom of Thorn and Bone series. The mysteries that drive the plot kept me interested, and each revelation that Keyes dropped increased the scope of the story and raised the stakes for the characters. There were moments when I felt an intake of breath and marveled at the ramifications of what passed and what was said. It is this epic feel that brought me back to the genre of fantasy (as in: swords and sorcery and the like), a ...more
Xara Niouraki
Sep 29, 2014 Xara Niouraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, fast-paced book that kept me at the edge of my seat. The story progresses nicely and the action was well written. The characters that annoyed me in the previous books continue to do so in this one too. Some details weren't explained well enough and my understanding of the different powers and thrones remains sketchy. I hope things will be explained in more detail in the next and last book (the final revelation was a bit predictable).

I recommend this series to fantasy fans. It's not
Alex Myers
ENjoyed this one - not as much as the first two in the series. The plot is quick and the pacing is great. I think I have hit the point where I wished it was a trilogy rather than a quartet... I'm curious where things will end up and at times in this volume, it felt like complications were being piled on for length rather than out of necessity. (And, as with the other two, still want a little more world-building, a little more development on the nuances of religion and "magic" and such.)
Jan 12, 2015 T J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Princess and her heroes are gathering together an army to take back the kingdom her uncle has stolen. But the mystery continues as to why the Briar King has returned and all the creatures who have been attacking across the country. How is the church involved, is it for or against the princess? This the 3rd book of the Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone and it does not disappoints.
Mar 10, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things really start to come together in this book, but even though the plot is fast-paced, there is not quite as much action in this book as the others in the series. This book was more about bringing things together and revealing to the reader a bigger picture within the plot.
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Gregory Keyes is a writer of science fiction and fantasy who has written both original and media-related novels under both the names J. Gregory Keyes and "Greg Keyes".

Greg Keyes was born in to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of George before becoming a fulltime writer.
He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone (4 books)
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