By Greg Keyes

Within the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Greg Keyes has crafted a super saga of magic, event, and love set opposed to a backdrop of clashing empires and an old, reawakened evil. Now, with The Born Queen, Keyes brings his epic to a masterly shut, amassing the strands of plot and personality right into a attractive climax that either completes and transcends all that has long gone before.

The Briar King is useless, and the area itself follows him to spoil. Aspar White, wounded and drained, needs to embark on one final quest to avoid wasting the woodland and the folk he loves, yet he has little desire of success.

Anne Dare eventually sits at the throne of Crotheny, yet for a way lengthy? The Church, now led via the corrupt and strong Marché Hespero, has declared a holy conflict opposed to her, giving the king of Hansa the pretext he must unharness his great may well at the younger queen and her unready army.

But Hansa is the least of Anne’s concerns. The Hellrune, warfare seer of Hansa, moves at her via imaginative and prescient and prophecy. The Kept–last of the elder Skasloi lords–weaves his personal darkish webs. Anne’s instructor and best friend within the sedos international may additionally be her worst enemy, and Anne’s personal mounting energy compels her towards madness.

Surviving those hazards and learning her eldritch talents are simply prelude to the true fight. There are many–some with energy matching or maybe exceeding Anne’s own–who are prepared to kill with a view to grab keep an eye on. For whoever sits upon the throne may have the last word command to lead to the world’s salvation–or its apocalypse.

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