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The Born Queen (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #4)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,454 ratings  ·  126 reviews
New York Times-bestselling author Keyes delivers the fourth and final volume of his award-winning Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone. The Briar King is dead, and with her empire engulfed in war, Anne Dare struggles to exert her control, facing opposition--both material and magical--on all sides.
Paperback, 485 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Felicia
Apr 26, 2008 Felicia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic fantasy lovers, series whores
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Excellent ending to a FANTASTIC Quadrology? I really enjoyed this series, and if I skimmed a bit through a few of the characters, I PORED over others. Yes, some of the plot points became inevitable, but for a sprawling epic fantasy in the vein of George RR Martin, I can only wholeheartedly recommend it!
Daniel
Series review for genrebusters.com:

...throughout the entirety of (this) series, Keyes maintains (the story) with informed craft. The story rarely lags over its thousands of pages, and the many plot elements that he concocts are largely settled by the conclusion. He keeps a good handle on his principal characters and develops them with at a pace that both fits the story well and feels natural. In particular, his treatment of the maturation of Anne Dare, who begins as a spoiled adolescent and beco
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Greg Keyes manages something very special here, and that is to tell a big and fairly complex epic fantasy tale without allowing it to become bloated. This is a sleek and sure footed affair. It’s all here: intrigue, pitched battles, fearsome creatures, likeable characters, sorcery, and then some, and written very competently to boot. All this, without resorting to tomes of 900+ pages stretched over 10 books? Impressive.

The story started in The Briar King and continued through The Charnel Prince a
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Xara Niouraki
The series as a whole was a good one. The story was interesting and the characters were realistic and most of them likeable. The series doesn't have perfect characters. All of them have strentghs and weaknesses, they make mistakes and they pay for them. It had many surprises, the pace was good and the action well-written, although it had too many battle scenes (I usually like battle scenes but here I just skimmed a lot, especially Casio's battles).

The only disadvantage was the ending. Don't get
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Tamora Pierce
I was terrified he couldn't do it, but Keyes managed to wrap up an incredibly complex plot and bring all the strands home, comprehensibly, in a fairly short space. A splendid book, a splendid series--I recommend it to anyone who likes world-sweeping, complex fantasy involving powers not always friendly to humans, intricate characters, and thundering plots, not to mention strong women and men!
James
2.5 stars

Not a completely satisfying end to the series, but I had suspected that the more I got into it. The first book was fairly good and made me want to keep reading to see what would happen. The next two slid downhill and seemed more a parade of the established characters--walking around and seeming to do stuff when they really were just going in circles. This last book DID resolve all of the loose ends, but almost every time, it was done in a way that was confusing, rushed, or just plain we
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Shari  Mulluane
This is a very difficult review for me to write. On the one hand, I do not want to give you the impression that it is a bad book, it is not. On the other hand, I do not want you to go into expecting it to be like books 1-3, because it is not. This is where the whole preconception thing comes into play and in this case, preconception will hurt you. You need to go into this book with NO expectations, about anything. You also need to be prepared for an almost overwhelming flow of information, twist ...more
Carol
(This review is for the whole series)
This fantasy saga is fairly long and has a complicated plot, many characters, and a lot of different concepts and themes in play. It could have been a huge sprawling mess, but Keyes does a remarkable job of maintaining control of all his many and disparate threads. He has consistently snappy pacing, a good grasp of when to apply humor and when to apply poignancy, and a well-built world. There were some things that I would have liked a little more explanation
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Jon
After I read the first book in this series, The Briar King, I literally bought the next three together and read them straight through.

My feeling is - in spite of the fact Mr Keyes is no stranger to quadrologies - that he intended to write a six book series or maybe even something longer but either got bored with the premise and characters (seemingly unlikely) or the publisher for some reason put the kibosh on a longer series because all of sudden, his terrificly clear - if labyrinthine - story s
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Valerie
Greg Keyes, what did you do?

This was a very clumsy wrap up to the series. It's as though the huge plot he controlled so well in book 3 just got away from him, and he allowed things to just sort of drift to an end. Things get clumsily wrapped up in an epilogue, and do not reach the epic clash we came to expect.

The kind of ending that makes you want to throw the book across the room.
Samantha
With 'The Born Queen,' Greg Keyes provides a suitably epic finish to his engrossing, endearing 'Kingdom of Thorn and Bone' books. Lush with well fleshed characters, mysterious figures and fantastic monsters, this series engrossed me since the start, and the conclusion was satisfying, fulfilling and poignant.

Anne Dare's quest to become empress is coming to a close, but she still must face off against her direst foes: her uncle Robert continues to make trouble, and Hansa continues to threaten mil
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Felix
Feb 23, 2011 Felix rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Felix by: Dietmar
Shelves: fantasy
The finale of the series doesn't really come up to the long build-up that raised expectations. I found the sudden change in some characters (most notably Stephen but also Anne and Austra) unconvincing and a bit forced. To me it felt like Keyes was holding back for too long, aiming to make the final revelations all the more breathtaking, thereby making the transition hasty and not very subtle. Considering the slowness of plot-development up to the finale, that is unnecessary. There was enough roo ...more
Robert Negut
This is the end of certainly one of the very best series that I ever read. The story is interesting, the pacing is extremely intense, with next to no filler and very, very little that doesn't actually drive the story forward, and any complaints that may in all fairness be made regarding character development and the huge amount of extremely lucky events that happen to the characters easily get forgotten.
As for the very end... It's a whirlwind of action, a chain nightmare, a series of fever dream
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Rachel
Gosh. What an annoying ending to a really charming and unique quartet. A lot more of this one seemed disjointed. Some of the major plot points needed a little more fleshing out, particularly with regard to the thrones and how one character is actually three people. Very imaginative, I'm sure, but would it really have made the book so much longer if the central conflict were explained a little better?

Still, I have to hand it to the author, unlike a lot of speculative fiction writers, he does an e
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Maria Kramer
I don;t know how a series that started so strongly could just...fizzle...like this. I was two-thirds of the way through and I just stopped caring about the characters and the resolution. It tormented me. "Why?" I asked myself, "Why can't I finish? I'm almost done, dammit!" Here's what I think went wrong:

*Pacing issues. The first book, and to a lesser extent, the second and third, had a strong narrative drive. This book seems very scattered, which is weird for the last book in a series. At this p
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Andi
This book was not QUITE as good as I was hoping for. Although I applaud an author who dares to make his characters flawed, it is always very uncomfortable when they start veering quite close to unlikeable.



Also, the end was simultaneously epic and anti-climactic which is an impressive and strange feat I've never seen before.



All in all, I enjoyed this series and this was a decent end to it, but I was hoping for something a bit more satisfying.
Jeff
This book was excellent, and a great end to the series. Most threads are tied up, so this isnt a case where the final book leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I imagine this book will be in my top 5 of 2008 at the end of the year. Highly recommended. More here
zjakkelien
I'm not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, I liked this series, even though it's too long. After four books, I had quite a bit invested in it, and I wanted a satisfying ending. I didn't entirely get it, and that bothers me a bit. To resolve some of the storylines, there seemed to be things falling out of the sky. (view spoiler) ...more
by Ax
Conclusione sotto tono

Si conclude la 'Saga dei regni delle spine e delle ossa' e l'impressione è che Keyes non vedesse l'ora di farlo. Le situazioni si moltiplicano e vengono affrontate in modo frammentario, generando un senso di dispersione che va a incidere sulla scorrevolezza della storia. Le caratterizzazioni dei personaggi mi sono sembrate inferiori al terzo volume (Leoff, su tutti) e relegate a semplice collante per le molte (troppe?) peripezie che affrontano; anche la protagonista subisce
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Amanda
Wow, this one is like riding one of those horrible, thrilling coasters that takes you straight up for what feels like a half mile and then sends you plummeting towards the earth, shaking and twisting and turning. Bunch of story threads, bad things happening to beloved characters, the situations getting more and more dire, until it seems like the world really is coming to an end.

I liked this, but feel a little let down by the whole series. I liked the two book series about The River God a lot bet
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Derrick
I had high hopes for this series. The way he tied in the lost ronoake colony from colonial America grabbed my attention immediately. This series had great potential. Don't get me wrong for a first attempt into the genre, it's pretty amazing. The issue I had was all the questions that went unanswered. Even though I have a few issues with the series I will definitely buy the next epic he writes. Don't let my review discourage you. The pro's out weigh the con's and you won't regret reading these bo ...more
Spencer
This novel finishes up what has been one of the better series that I have read in this genre recently. I've rated all the books as four stars, but really I'd say the Briar King was a 4+, the middle two books are 4s, and the last book is a 4-.

The book is solid, and the stories of all the characters are moved forward to a conclusion. Unlike the other books, however, this one seemed a little 'busy'. I think this is because for most of the other books, multiple characters were traveling together/adv
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Brian
Book: 4/10 - 3/31/11
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
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Ryan
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Joe Moley
What a lackluster finish to a decent series. While the first few books were good, I felt the author dragged this out a lot longer than he originally intended. The storyline seemed to shift several times over the last couple of books as if he had no real end in sight. In my opinion, he could have ended it a book or two ago and called it good.

Series have to end at some point (someone tell this to Mr. RR Martin), but the endings in this one just didn't work for me. I won't reveal plotlines but nee
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Grianne
Le premesse del primo libro erano buone. Molto buone anzi.
Poi la storia ha cominciato a deviare verso un orizzonte di poteri astratti, di sogno. Che io non gradisco mai troppo.
Ma finché questo non era eccessivo andava bene, perché la vicenda era ben strutturata e i personaggi interessanti, a parte Austra e soprattutto Aspar, che ho aspettato (e sperato) di veder morire quasi fin dalla prima pagina. Ho odiato tutti i capitoli su Aspar, dal primo all'ultimo. Quando vedevo che era il suo capitolo q
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Terence
Mar 09, 2009 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Keyes fans; general SF fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I really don't have much to say about this book or the series as a whole except that it's very good escapist literature. Keyes is a good author who keeps the action moving and writes generally believable and interesting characters.

In this series (which started with The Briar King and continued with The Charnel Prince and The Blood Knight), Keyes tackles the problem of power, its use and how it corrupts the user. I was particularly impressed with his handling of Anne Dare and her growth into pow
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Meghan
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Jamie Simo
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Jeff Beal
I almost didn't finish this book, but I have a really hard time doing that, so I trudged through. In this book, I didn't know which of the many plot lines were supposed to advance and which were supposed to end. Was Anne supposed to keep ruthlessly killing the Hansans wherever they appeared? Was the composer supposed to write the death song? Was the woodsman supposed to find the Briar King's home? Sometimes, the element of the unknown can make the book better, but it seemed so heavy-handed in th ...more
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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.
More about Greg Keyes...
The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1) Conquest (Edge of Victory, #1) (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #7) Rebirth (Edge of Victory, #2) (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #8) The Charnel Prince (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #2) The Final Prophecy (Star Wars: New Jedi Order, #18)

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