The Briar King is dead, and the world itself follows him to ruin. Aspar White, wounded and tired, must embark on one last quest to save the forest and the people he loves, but he has little hope of success.
Anne Dare at last sits on the throne of Crotheny, but for how long? The Church, now led by the corrupt and powerful Marché Hespero, has declared a holy war against her, giving the king of Hansa the pretext he needs to unleash his vast might on the young queen and her unready army.
But Hansa is the least of Anne’s worries. The Hellrune, war seer of Hansa, strikes at her through vision and prophecy. The Kept–last of the elder Skasloi lords–weaves his own dark webs. Anne’s teacher and ally in the sedos world might also be her worst enemy, and Anne’s own mounting strength compels her toward madness.
Surviving these dangers and mastering her eldritch abilities are merely prelude to the real struggle. There are many–some with power matching or even exceeding Anne’s own–who are willing to kill in order to seize control. For whoever sits upon the throne will have the ultimate command to bring about the world’s salvation–or its apocalypse.*Blurb source Del Rey*
| Content: 16+
| ISBN-10: 0345440730
| ISBN-13: 978-0345440730
| Publisher: Del Rey (January 27, 2009)
| Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
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| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3 Stars
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
The problems I have with this concluding book are many. The characters all go through some serious personality changes. Cannot really say more then that without including spoilers but suffice it to say, it did not feel at all natural. The plot conclusion, which had so much potential, left me confused in extreme. Most of the time I found myself just going "Huh?" To say that the ending felt rushed is an understatement.
However, it was not all bad so let us get to the good stuff. The story itself, the plot and premise are original and in many ways, fascinating. I have a fondness for mythology-based stories and this is definitely one of those. The world Keyes creates is dark and creepy, in a send shivers up your spine sort of way. It is also never boring, ever. If anything, you will want to put it down ever so often just so you can catch a breath. In addition, just so we are clear, not all of the conclusion is chaotic, some of it makes alot of sense and is priceless to boot. Even the bit about a reference to the lost colony gets some coverage, something that I was looking forward to and hoping for. Nope my friends, you are now stuck, you have read the first three so now you must read this one, otherwise you will never know how it all turns out!
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, twists, turns, surprises, and rapid about faces. This is a book that could very well benefit from multiple rereads. If I did not have such a large TBR pile right now, I would immediately read it again. I have the distinct feeling that if I did, things might make a bit more sense now that I know what direction the story heads in. Not sure that this is a bad thing. I mean if the book were that bad, I would not want to reread it right.?
Looking at the series as a whole, I must say it is one of the better ones I have ever read. Could have been better had the ending not been so rushed, but still I have to recommend it to epic fantasy readers as one of those essential series that belongs on every fantasy fan's bookshelf.
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Librarything Rating 3.8/5
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Epic Fantasy Series Review of The Born Queen: Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone: Book 4 by Greg Keyes- Reviewed by Mulluane - on April 01 2009 - Rating: of 5 Stars