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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345440722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440723
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of the third book in Keyes's Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series (The Briar King, etc.), princess Anne Dare's father, the king of Crotheny, is dead and her mother, Muriele, is the prisoner of her mad uncle, Robert Dare, who now rules the kingdom. Anne does her best to elude her uncle's clutches as she flees across a well-developed landscape reminiscent of Renaissance northern Italy (rugged terrain and priests who belong to an established church) and medieval Germany (thick forests and ogres). The scenes and viewpoints shift often enough to be somewhat confusing, but the occasional well-handled erotic episode or magic duel can startle with its originality. This volume closes with a climactic grand battle in which Anne's cohorts appear to be victorious. Readers curious about the fate of Robert Dare, who has vanished, must await the fourth and final volume in this sophisticated and intelligent high fantasy epic. (July)
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Praise for Greg Keyes and his novels of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone


The Charnel Prince

“There is adventure and intrigue, swordplay and dark sorcery aplenty.”
–Realms of Fantasy

“Keyes’s world is rich, detailed and always believable; the twisty plot is delightful and frightening in turns.”
–Locus

“Strong world building and superior storytelling.”
–Library Journal


The Briar King

“A wonderful tale . . . It crackles with suspense and excitement from start to finish.”
–Terry Brooks

“A graceful, artful tale from a master storyteller . . . [The novel] starts off with a bang, spinning a snare of terse imagery and compelling characters that grips tightly and never lets up.”
–Elizabeth Haydon, bestselling author of Prophecy: Child of Earth

“Epic high fantasy . . . Keyes mixes cultures, religions, institutions, and languages with rare skill.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)





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In The Charnel Prince, the characters reconnected for extended sections of the book.
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Keyes is good at drawing parallels from real world history and anthropology and intertwining them into interesting novels.
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If you have enjoyed this series so far, you will certainly want to read this one as well.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott Masterton VINE VOICE on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I began "The Blood Knight" by Greg Keyes, I was under the false impression that this was the final chapter in a 3 book series. However, after reading the end of this one it became quite apparent that this is a four book series.

Although "The Blood Knight" does tend to suffer a bit from the "mid-trilogy" (or quadrilogy in this case) curse, Keyes does a decent job of furthering the story. Middle books have a tendency to not go anywhere and this one does seem to go faster and faster on smaller and smaller wheels; having said that Keyes is masterful at carrying several storylines simultaneously without losing his readers. He also has the wonderfully saleable ability to end each chapter with a bit of a cliffhanger which entices readers to "just one more chapter before lights out". This makes for a fast read, but exciting never-the-less.

Although in my mind Blood Knight is not as satisfying (or as important to the over saga) as the first two novels in the "Kingdom of Thorn and Bone" series, it is definitely enjoyable and has most certainly hooked me into waiting for number four.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on May 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really liked _The Briar King_, less so _The Charnel Prince_. This installment, unfortunately, continues the downward trend.

Our familiar heroes are back, doing pretty much the exact same things they were doing in the first two books. Character development has ground to a halt in favor of having them run all over the (small, illegible) map accomplishing This, That, and the Other. Aspar fights monsters in the woods. Stephen reads books. Anne experiences psychotic fugues. Austra frets. Cazio engages in painfully detailed swordfights, the outcomes of which never come as a surprise. Neil suffers nobly. Fend irritates. The good guys are all still likeable enough, in their one-note-wonder sort of way, but since none of them seem likely to die or even be seriously discommoded by anything for more than about three seconds, the suspense is somewhat lacking.

The Unkillable Bad Guys remain unkillable, which is just annoying. And--worst of all--characters occasionally do things that make no sense simply in order to advance the plot. Characterization? Consistency? Who cares! At the end of _Blood Knight_, for instance, Anne does something insane. Though I'm convinced that all will come out right in the end (because epic fantasy is Like That), the action she takes isn't one that would recommend her as a good future queen to her elders. Twenty pages earlier she'd been interested in proving herself capable of making good decisions, but that motivation goes right out the window when the plot demands it. Bah.

If you're already hooked on the series, you'll want to read this book, I suppose. It may put you to sleep, however, or cause you to rip at your hair in sheer frustration. It's a long novel (500+ pages), and it seems even longer than it is. You've been warned.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Blood Knight is the third volume in Keyes's A Kingdom of Thorn and Bone series. It took me longer to read the first hundred pages of this book than it did the remaining three hundred. I just could not get into the story despite being thrown into action and some battles and a bit of mystery. Keyes slowly reveals some of what came before, so if you are fuzzy on what happened in The Charnel Prince, I suggest that you take the time to go back and read it. What we do know is that Prince Robert has taken over the throne of Crotheny, having assassinated most of the royals except for Queen Muriele (now captive) and Anne Dare (on the run). Robert is also dead...yet somehow alive. Got that?

Good. Now, Anne Dare is seeking an army to take back her throne and the Briar King is still on the loose doing lord knows what but making brambles grow where he walks. Leoff, the composer, is in prison because a symphony he composed inflamed the peasants against Robert.

Now, Stephen, the former monk has been captured by slinders, creatures of the Briar King and he has a long journey in front him. Anne sends Aspar, her holter (forest ranger, let's say) to find Stephen. With Anne are Cazio, the hilarious foreign swordsman (think Inigo Montoya) and Neil, the knight. Still with me?

No? That's okay. After we get past the first hundred pages Keyes really draws the reader in and he hooked me with the richness of the world. I forgot my frustration and was enveloped in Crotheny and the magic and oddness of the world. Keyes is doing interesting things with the high fantasy genre and this series and it is worth reading to see how he develops it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roscoe Tuff on September 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Read the first two-and-a-half books of this series and you'll be happy. Keyes is a talented writer. However, the end to this third book is so badly bungled...it seems as if the author simply punted, "Hey, I'm outta heyah." The three book build-up simply ends with an impenetrable cloud of smoke and "That's all folks!"

Agree that one's first thought is that this is a cheesy attempt to sell a fourth novel. But the more one thinks through the change here at the end from managing four sets of characters and four story lines, one realizes that the task of bringing them together either became 1) too over-whelming, 2) too lengthy to maintain the quality of writing by the deadline, or 3) too boring even for the author who realized "Everyone just wants to end this now so they can get back to the football game anyway." Maybe Keyes is a fan?

Sadly, the characters were well developed before the author lost interest. Like a divorce where one party silently and inexplicably walks out, the book leaves the reader estranged and unsatisfied. In other words, if Keyes hadn't loved his readers with style and richness of plot, the surprise divorce wouldn't have come so hard. Therefore be warned that in this third book of the series, Keyes treats his readers as Bruce Willis's treated Mattie on Moonlighting: "Readers - you can't live without 'em; and you can't leave 'em on the street corner when you're done with 'em."
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