Review: The Briar King

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My rat­ing: 3 out of 5

After read­ing “real books” for a while, it was nice to get back to some high fan­ta­sy. Greg Keyes is one of my favorite new authors (new being a rel­a­tive term) and this book was pret­ty good. But towards the end he fell into a trap that I feel a lot of fan­ta­sy hacks fall into, the fan­ta­sy world as amal­gam of all Euro­pean cul­tures. So our Mid­dle Ages/Chivalry style hero­ine trav­els “weeks” or some­thing and arrives in a Renais­sance/I­ta­lo-French rapi­er soci­ety. That made me come up for air and exam­ine the con­struct of his fan­ta­sy world, and that is nev­er good. I have to be able to believe, to real­ly get into it. That said, it was still a pret­ty good read (and fast) and I am look­ing for­ward to the next book in the series.

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My name is Danny, and I grew up living overseas, but have settled in Kansas, where it turns out some of my family started, back when. I am helping to raise my own family, and hoping to be proud of what I've done when it's all over.