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The Briar King by Greg Keyes
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Aug 27, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy-epic-and-series, read-in-2009
Read in September, 2009

I liked this book but did not love it and probably will not continue the series. I must note that this is likely due to personal preference more than due to the quality of the novel. I prefer “lighter” Fantasy literature in the sense that I prefer less fighting, swordplay and graphic violence. I very much enjoy epic fantasy with extensive plot, setting and character development; I just prefer more PG rated battles. This book was by no means extreme, just not my cup of tea.

As for the book itself, while I was bothered by the use of stock characters, I was impressed enough with the creative use of the characters and plot that I was able to look past that criticism. This book is well written, highly suspenseful and imaginative. It certainly distinguishes itself from the slew of mediocre, epic fantasy literature published today. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy this type of epic fantasy.
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Reading Progress

09/07/2009 page 38
09/08/2009 page 98
16.84% "Currently a bit confusing with the multiple storylines but good"
09/10/2009 page 200
34.36% "Suspense is building nicely"
09/10/2009 page 260
44.67% "really enjoying the occasional humor - it balances teh tension nicely"
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Chris's going to look like we're swapping books. I'm almost finished with this one and going to Sabriel next.....

Libby That's pretty funny ;-)

Stuart Your review gives me some hope for the plot at least....So far the characters do seem very much stock characters.

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