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The Briar King by Greg Keyes
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May 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: iown, havereadmorethanonce, havereadin2006-2007, scottlikes
Recommended for: anyone that enjoys a good story
Read in April, 2008

Re-reviewing based on most recent read (I reread this series every couple years).

This book is such a page turner! Keyes has written the chapters so that there is a climax at the end of nearly every chapter. The POV will then switch to another character (with another climax!) so there is always a reason to keep reading. They are also good stopping points if you really need to go to bed because you have been staying up too late to read the book. The overall flow of the book really gets you to keep reading with a MASSIVE intro and a beginning that moves nicely into the various climaxes. Though it is a fairly thick paperback, it reads quickly and leaves you wanting more.

The premise seems simple but it gets convoluted very quickly. While the idea of who is good and who is bad is fairly clear in this book, hints about how that might change are clearly stated at the beginning of the book and then sprinkled through the rest of the book (though not addressed until later in the series).

The characters are very likable. You are rooting for each one. I particularly liked Asper and his little story. The characters are pretty detailed with each character having their own flaws and redeeming qualities. Later in the book, the characters are more one dimensional but the story has really caught you by then so it is overlookable.

Great fantasy story with a lot of twists and turns.
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