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The Charnel Prince (the sequel to The Briar King) is the second volume of Greg Keyes's epic Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone saga. As storied and richly imagined as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, Keyes's Everon is a realm shadowed by an unspeakable darkness -- a realm where a mythical god has awakened and a plague of madness is spreading throughout the land.
The Briar King, a legendary forest deity, has inexplicably awakened and is taking back his land. Mythical monstrosities roam the King's Forest and entire villages located within the forest have gone completely insane. Meanwhile in Crotheny, with the king and most of his family recently assassinated, Queen Murielle rules an empire on the brink of open revolt. With enemies everywhere and a corrupt church plotting her downfall, Murielle's only hope is to somehow find her only remaining daughter, Anne Dare, a young woman named in prophecies as being able to save the world from the evil onslaught -- if only she can survive.
Keyes's Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone saga is easily one of the most promising -- and satisfying -- fantasy series to come along in years. Adeptly blending folklore, mythology, and religious intrigue, the author has created a complex world so fully realized that readers can't help but become immersed in its culture and history. Comparable to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire sequence, Keyes's novels are far from the typical epic fantasy sagas based on cliché-laden characters and tired plotlines. Intelligent, compelling, and incredibly fast paced for such an immense story, this is the good stuff. Paul Goat Allen