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The Born Queen (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone Series #4)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent fantasy thriller

    Following the murder of her father and incarceration of her mother by her undead Uncle Robert, all looked lost for self-exiled Princess Anne Dare and her Kingdom of Crotheny especially since the demonic race abetted by Robert has returned to overrun the land. Yet perseverance, strong allies, and inner strength prevail with Anne, a descendent of the great Queen Virgenya Dare who has succeeded in taking the throne. --- However winning the throne is not the same as ruling. She needs time to learn how to be a queen to all her subjects while learning to use her eldritch skills, but time is not what she has. Enemies still plot to replace the independent tyro with a puppet Briar King while she remains inexperienced and assumed weak. Allies in a common cause against the same enemy are no longer friends and cannot be depended upon for help. Worse the Church leader Hespero manipulating prophecy sanctions a holy war that allows the powerful neighboring Hansa to invade at the same time the Sarnwood Witch plots to replace the Dare with a new Briar King by ordering the holter Aspar White to do his job or else suffer for failing in his geas to her. Queen Anne¿s only hope for her people rests with finding the lost journal of her ancestor as Robert remains at large and the Kept Skashoi Lord survived his recent defeat and has a scheme to destroy her too as the veil between life and death continues to be shredded. --- The final The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone fantasy thriller (see THE BRIAR KING, THE BLOOD KNIGHT and THE CHARNEL PRINCE) is an exciting ending that ties the major loose ends into an engaging finish. There are numerous subplots as plotters work to destroy THE BORN QUEEN with none concerned with secondary consequences that will devastate a world. Although the characters and the setting are out of the quest fantasy guidebook, sub-genre fans will still acknowledge that Greg Keyes has written a great ending to a strong tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted June 17, 2014

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    Posted April 22, 2013

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    This is a very good book even though I never read it

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    A satisfactory ending to a very complex tale.  This is the best

    A satisfactory ending to a very complex tale.  This is the best in the series.  Keyes' story telling feels a bit rushed at times, but that is a personal preference. These are not characters I became absorbed in, it was about the momentum of the story and the complexity of the inter-woven plot lines.  Definitely deserves a second reading.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    The Born Queen, the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series, Book 4

    The best book of all four, in the saga of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone! The story itself is highly imaginative and creative! Personally, I was not looking forward to reading a happy ending, and if I was the author I would have scrapped the epilogue all together. But hey, what can you do? The majority wants a happy ending. My curiosity was too strong, and I wished I had stopped reading at the last chapter. With the law of death broken, the constant use of the sedos for years and years, and her discovery of the Hellrune, Anne becomes a ".dark, delicious, corrupt." villain and less of a whiney, selfish princess. There's a lovely surprise in Stephen Darige's adventures to find the diary of Virgenya Dare, which to me makes the character far more interesting and amusing. Praefec Hespero and the Black Jester will destroy one or the other in their power struggle to attempt to claim the throne. Because of Aspar's geos with the Sarnwood witch, he must take the now pregnant Winna to a valley to deliver the new Briar King, with the aid of Fend, obviously who is the Blood Knight. Crotheny's war with Hansa and the Church delivers a pleasant surprise about Swanmay and the unfortunate end to Muriele. With the talents of Leoff and the gravely misfortune of Mery's depression, the White Lady will aid in the victory over Robert Dare. However, Qexqaneh has plans of it's own for the land.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2009

    Engrossing

    The Born Queen is the perfect end to the perfect series. Everything about all the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone books was spot on. From the first the pace is fast and Keyes always keeps you on your toes. You don't just want to know what happens next you need to. The characters are not only varied, but all have a degree of depth that really keeps you present in the story. There is nothing worse than a fantasy novel where you don't care about what happens to the characters, and here I found myself fully invested. Add onto that an original and powerful setting and you've got literary magic. Also the plot twists just enough that you don't get bored without feeling contrived. I love love love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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