Born Queen (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 4) by Greg Keyes

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, collecting the strands of plot and personality right into a beautiful climax that either completes and transcends all that has long gone before.

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

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

But Hansa is the least of Anne’s concerns. The Hellrune, battle 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 gaining knowledge of her eldritch talents are only prelude to the genuine fight. There are many–some with strength matching or perhaps exceeding Anne’s own–who are keen to kill with the intention to grab keep an eye on. For whoever sits upon the throne may have the final word command to lead to the world’s salvation–or its apocalypse.

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