"Epic fantasy on a grand scale"
Before the Age of Mankind, the god-like Stasloi ruled the
world. They forced humanity to do their bidding until
Genia Dare led the successful revolt that destroyed their
former masters. It is now 2,223 years after the defeat of
the Skosloc and King William Dare rules Croetheny. Because
his son is simple-minded, he has named his three daughters
as his heirs.
The kingdom is not aware of it but it is tottering on the
edge of extinction. The holter of the King's forest sees
strange creatures in the woods. People are mysteriously
murdered without a mark on them. Finally, the Briar King,
one of the old Gods, is awakening from his long slumber and
it will take everything humanity has not to be destroyed by
him. There is a plot afoot to kill the king and queen and
their three daughters so that the son will be declared the
ruler controlled by the puppet master who puts this devious
plan in motion.
This first novel in a four book series introduces the
characters and sets the stage for what is to come. Good
men die and heroes fall while men and women are tested for
the upcoming battles and intrigues. This is epic fantasy
on a grand scale, one that will appeal to fans of Terry
Brooks and David Eddings. It will seem like a long wait to
readers before the next installment is published in what
looks like an electrifying quartet.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 1, 2003