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

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,938 ratings  ·  85 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
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Published (first published July 11th 2006)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
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...more
Lasairfiona Smith
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...more
James
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
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...more
Shari  Mulluane
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
Matt
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...more
Jeff
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
Megan
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.
Joy
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.
John
Aug 16, 2008 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mark
Jun 15, 2008 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...
Dellitt
This book is as good as The Briar King. Fantastic. I love how complex the plot is and the characters are equally intriguing.
Renamski
This book begins to reveal that the line between good and evil can sometimes be blurred.
Errolyn
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
Brian
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...more
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...more
Daniel
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
Monica
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.
Matt Braymiller
This book should be titled: How Everything Goes Wrong for Anne, Aspar, Stephen and Friends. The entire plot framework can be summed up with:
1. Heroes makes plans
2. Things go wrong
3. Heroes are in mortal peril
The only things that change are the things that go wrong in point 2. I don't mind setbacks in a story, but when they are the only plot device being used, it becomes tiresome to read.
Tony J
Like the first two books in the series, this one caught my interest right away. I have to say, though, that (like many of the other reviews I've seen) it was probably my least favorite book, so far. Some time had passed since the last book (although, only a month or so), but many of the characters seemed to have developed without us. Anne's sudden confidence seemed to come out of nowhere, and a lot of the little plot twists are neatly wrapped up with some prophecy. But, with that said, I still e...more
zjakkelien
Essentially the same as the previous two books, which is to say engaging. Like the characters, like the story. I'm a bit confused about hoe everything Will tie together, but that should be resolved in the last book...
Alastair Mcrae
I'm really confused by the end of this book. The first 2 books, and most of this this book, seemed to be taking the story in one direction, but all of a sudden, in the last 2 per cent of this one the entire plot took a left turn and went in a whole new, completely different, direction. I still really enjoyed this book, and this series as a whole, but it is going to be quite a feat to finish this story in a satisfying manner. I'm starting right in on the final book as my fantasy indulgence read,...more
Robert Negut
The story continues, though it may seem a little too fragmented at times. The deeper plot is still very obviously there for anyone who is interested in it and I really want to know how it will all turn out in the end. I must note that the beauty of the world is seriously lessened, though that is perfectly normal considering what's going on.
One real complaint I have is the fact that basically every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, which makes it feel more like a writing exercise at times. But the...more
Felix
Feb 21, 2011 Felix rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Felix by: Dietmar
Shelves: fantasy
Greg Keyes' method of having each chapter end with a cliffhanger started to get on my nerves here. I don't know why, maybe I felt that some of the apparently 'shocking' revelations felt forced and contrived but I'm not quite sure about the reason for my annoyance. I agree with other reviewers here on Goodreads that The Blood Knight is the weakest installment in the tetralogy and part of its weakness is that the plot crawls at a snail's pace even though there's action aplenty. The stereotyped cha...more
Meredith Galman
The mystery continues to grow in this dark fantasy series. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes that's a "can't tell the players without a scorecard" thing. I enjoy how, unlike in some series (I'm looking at you, Wheel of Time) the realistic depiction of different languages and language change over time is a factor in the plot. I'd be very sad if that was really the end of the Briar King; hope it isn't. Anne Dare remains the least interesting of the large cast of characters: own your powers...more
Rachel
Good endings always pay for sluggish middles. I still enjoy many of the characters, but Aspar...blah. What a mundane hero. I much prefer Stephen, Anne, Leoff, and Neil. Not to mention the Kept - he's neat.

The book brings a lot of small things from the earlier ones back with good effect, including the Safnian prince. Nicely done. Also...the big secret of the Sefrey...genius. Incredibly intriguing. As always, Keyes does an incredible job with his female characters.

I hope to read the last book in t...more
Mark
In rating this three stars where I gave the first two four stars, I am to some extent having my opinion influenced by others. I have a vague remembrance that I liked this book less, although I don't remember why, and I know a number of people I have read think that this series gets worse as it goes along, regrettably.

I am sure that I was disappointed enough that I didn't rush out to read the next book after this, which I heard sucked, so this was the stopping point on the series for me. Oh well.
Camille
Staring with this the 3rd installment of the series the storyline becomes both more interesting and more tedious. Interesting because we begin to realize what we thought was going on may not in fact be what is actually happening, and the characters begin to realize it as well. Tedious because well this series should have been at most 3 books and all this should have happened last book instead of reading about everyone running aimlessly about the countryside
Andrew
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Liz
just as good as the first two in the series.
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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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