Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Greg Keyes now lives in Savannah, Georgia, and is the author of The Waterborn, The Blackgod, and the 'Age of Unreason' tetralogy.
The Briar King has awakened after a lengthy sleep to reclaim his land. Queen Murielle rules in Crotheny despite the opposition of an ambitious church. Ancient evils stalk the forests, threatening all who travel. When the queen's heir, Anne Dare, disappears, Murielle's trusted champion sets out on a journey to find her. Keyes's sequel to The Briar King features a world of magic and fantastic creatures, prophecies, and bold warriors. Strong world building and superior storytelling make this epic a good choice for fantasy collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The age of Everon is ending in the elegiac second installment of bestseller Keyes's fresh and imaginative high fantasy saga that began with 2003's The Briar King. Told in a inventive prose often as disturbing as it is beautiful, Keyes's sprawling multiple-viewpoint narrative explores a weird landscape fraught with "ancient evils and fresh curses." Black briars spurt up "like slow fountains" wherever the Briar King walks in the King's Forest. As the Briar King turns villagers into unholy monsters, creatures such as greffyns and manticores once deemed the stuff of myth attack anyone who dares challenge him. In a land on the brink of civil war, assassins have claimed most of Queen Muriel's family except for her gifted youngest daughter, Anne Dare, who escaped death with her servant Austra, and is now struggling to return home to fulfill a prophecy. Other well-drawn characters include Sir Neil MeqVren, the queen's protector, and Leovigild "Leoff" Ackenzal, a talented composer. Those who haven't read The Briar King may have problems at first following the plot, but Keyes's lyricism, pacing and deft handling of eternally important topics-the dance between church and state, man and woman, life and death-make this a thought-provoking entertainment. (Aug. 17) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.