Friday, April 17, 2009

The Charnel Prince (The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone: Book 2) by Greg Keyes

Mulluane | 3:15 PM | 1 Comment so far


When the legendary Briar King awoke from his slumber, a season of darkness and horror fell upon the Kingdom of Crotheny. Now countless breeds of unspeakable monsters roam the countryside. An epidemic of madness has transformed peaceful villagers from the wildlands into savage, flesh-eating fiends. In Eslen, King William has been murdered, Queen Muriele is stalked by treachery on every side, and their last surviving daughter, Anne, has fled the assassins bent on destroying her family.

Close on the heels of the runaway princess, young knight Neil MeqVren, the queen’s one trusted ally, is sworn to rescue Anne from her murderous pursuers. Anne herself undertakes a perilous journey toward the sanctuary of her distant paramour’s arms, but along the way lie the sinister agents and hidden snares of a sprawling conspiracy that few might hope to evade.

At the same time, spies in the service of Praifec Hespero, the powerful Churchman, embark upon a mission to destroy the Briar King in the heart of his domain. And the power-hungry Church, spurred on by the mystical events, has launched an inquisition whose repercussions threaten even the queen. As the noose of intrigue tightens across the land, personal fates and a kingdom’s destiny alike will be decided in a conflict between virtue and malevolence, might and magic.*Blurb source Del Rey*

The Charnel Prince

The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: 16+
| Author: Greg Keyes
| ISBN-10: 0345440714
| ISBN-13: 978-0345440716
| Publisher: Del Rey (October 25, 2005)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Read an Excerpt
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
The Charnel Prince proved to be another captivating read. The tension remains high, the PoV switches were done smoothly, and the characters all develop in believable ways. One of the reasons, I believe, that this series is so popular, is the balance. There are many components to this story. Mystery, love, politics, humor, interesting world building, loyalty, betrayal, royal characters, and lowborn characters are all present in equal measure. Moreover, those are just examples, there are many themes running through this story, and the best part is, it is all done seamlessly. You would think that it would be complex and confusing but instead it flows well and the only things that keep you confused are the underlying mysteries.

This also makes it really hard for me to review this book. Normally when I do a review some aspect of the book stands out and I focus on that aspect. In some cases, it is the story, in others the magic while in others, it is the characters. This book, and so far this series, mixes everything so well I am having trouble picking an aspect to talk about. On the one hand, this tells you how talented Greg Keyes is, on the other it makes for a pretty boring review.

There is one aspect that tickles me personally. I have always been fascinated by the story of the lost colony of Roanoke Island. One bit of trivia regarding that story is that the first child to be born to English parents on American soil, Virginia Dare was a member of that missing group. Now you might ask, what does any of this have to do with this series. Well, nothing and everything. Greg Keyes hints at a connection. There is an ancestral heroine who was named Virginia Dare from whom the present ruling family descended. And, he leaves it at that, just a hint, just a few names, no history stating that it is the same Virginia Dare or how she ended up in his world. What a tease, it makes me chuckle every time I think about it.

I am definitely looking forward to the next two books in this series. Not because I am attached to the characters, there are too many for that, nor because I am attached to the story, again there are too many storylines for that either, but because of the mysteries. There are alot of those too. Each storyline has its own mysterious element and there is a grand mystery behind them all. There is a question (or three) about who the real bad guys are, the good guys are clear in some cases (you think) but unclear in others. And of course in true epic fashion, there are hints of a purely evil force behind it all, but as of yet we (the reader) have no idea who or what that may be. I really want to find out and that means moving on to book three and as quickly as possible!

Series Summary
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Epic Fantasy Series Review of The Briar King: Book One of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone by Greg Keyes- Reviewed by Mulluane - on April 17 2009 - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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1 comment :

  1. I still read your reviews :>)
    And this time the most important information for me was: Book two is on a high level like book one.


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