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The Briar King

(2002)
(The first book in the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series)
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"Starts off with a bang, spinning a snare of terse imagery and compelling characters that grips tightly and never lets up . . . A graceful, artful tale from a master storyteller."
-ELIZABETH HAYDON
Bestselling author of Prophecy: Child of Earth

It has been two thousand years since the Born Queen defeated the last of the Skasloi lords. In doing so she freed the race of humans-once taken from their distant homes and forced to wear the bitter yoke of slavery. Thus begins the saga of the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, an epic tale of war and virtue, sorcery and betrayal. . . .

THE BRIAR KING
Book One of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone

In the kingdom of Crotheny, two young girls play in the tangled gardens of the sacred city of the dead. Fleeing an imaginary attacker, the girls-one of whom is the reckless young daughter of the king-discover the unknown crypt of the legendary, ancestral queen, Virgenya Dare.

In the wilds of the forest, while investigating the slaughter of an innocent family, king's holter Aspar White weaves his way through a maze of ancient willows-and comes face-to-face with a monstrous beast found only in folk tales and nightmares. Meanwhile, traveling the same road, a scholarly young priest begins an education in the nature of evil, found festering just beneath the surface of the seemingly peaceful land.

The royal family itself comes under siege, facing betrayal that only sorcery could accomplish. Now-for three beautiful sisters, for a young man made suddenly into a knight, and for a woman in love with a roguish adventurer-a rising darkness appears, shattering what was once certain, familiar, and good. These destinies and more will be linked when malevolent forces walk the land. For Crotheny, the most powerful nation in the world, is shaken at its core. And the Briar King, harbinger of death, has awakened from his slumber.

Imbuing his tale with richness, pathos, action, and passion, Greg Keyes begins an amazing new epic that takes fantasy fiction to a new level. At the heart of the story, Keyes has placed a remarkable young woman, Anne Dare, the youngest daughter of a royal family . . . and the one person upon whom the fate of this world may depend.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A wonderful tale... It crackles with suspense and excitement from start to finish." - Terry Brooks

"The characters in The Briar King absolutely brim with life. It's been awhile since I've been this taken with a traditional fantasy novel, but Keyes hooked me from the first page." - Charles de Lint

"Starts off with a bang, spinning a snare of terse imagery and compelling characters that grips tightly and never lets up . . . A graceful, artful tale from a master storyteller." - Elizabeth Haydon

"Lord, how the man can use the English language. [Greg Keyes] can really spin out images - and he's given some really clever twists to old tried-and-true fantasy premises. ...Definitely left me turning the pages late." - Katherine Kurtz

"A gorgeous work of deep intrigues and exciting characters, and action to leave the reader breathless. The Briar King belongs in every fantasy collection." - Melanie Rawn


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Used availability for J Gregory Keyes's The Briar King

Hardback Editions

March 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Briar King (The Kindoms of Thorn and Bone)
Author(s): J Gregory Keyes
ISBN: 1-4177-6971-8 / 978-1-4177-6971-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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July 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone)
Author(s): Greg Keyes
ISBN: 1-4050-3351-7 / 978-1-4050-3351-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1)
Author(s): Greg Keyes
ISBN: 0-345-44066-8 / 978-0-345-44066-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Paperback Editions

July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone)
Author(s): Greg Keyes
ISBN: 0-330-41945-5 / 978-0-330-41945-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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March 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Briar King (The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1)
Author(s): Greg Keyes
ISBN: 0-345-44070-6 / 978-0-345-44070-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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July 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone)
Author(s): Greg Keyes
ISBN: 1-4050-3352-5 / 978-1-4050-3352-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Briar King
Author(s): Greg Keyes
ISBN: 1-5318-0203-6 / 978-1-5318-0203-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1
Author(s): Greg Keyes
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2010 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1
Author(s): Greg Keyes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1
Author(s): Greg Keyes
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1
Author(s): Greg Keyes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Briar King (The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone Book 1)
Author(s): Greg Keyes
Publisher: Del Rey
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