War is coming. With the usurper Robert Dare having fled, Princess Anne has finally ascended to the throne to the Kingdom of Crotheny, but it may already be too late to stop the approaching destruction. Dark monstrosities prowl the countryside, and as the holter Asper soon discovers, the Sedos power that granted humanity its freedom may now be responsible for the corruption that will eventually destroy it.
As the combined forces of Hansa and the Holy Church mass against the Queen they claim to be an unnatural shinecrafter, Anne's mother Muriele sets out on an embassy of peace to Hansa, accompanied by the knight Sir Neil MeqVren.
But, there is more to Muriele's mission than first appears, a fact that puts both of them at the mercy of Hansa's unstable king, and the unkillable Robert Dare. The world has been poisoned, and only the one who gains control of the legendary Sedos Throne can heal it. Anne knows that it must be her, but as she embraces her powers, and the violent impulses they bring, she finds herself changing.
Only she can stand against the forces that threaten Crotheny, but the cost of her victory may be too great for the world to bear.
About the Author
Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Greg Keyes now lives in Savannah, Georgia, and is the author of The Waterborn, The Blackgod, the Star Wars New Jedi Order novels and The Age of Unreason series.
Praise for Greg Keyes and his novels of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone
The Blood Knight
"[A] sophisticated and intelligent high fantasy epic."
The Charnel Prince
"There is adventure and intrigue, swordplay and dark sorcery aplenty."
-Realms of Fantasy
"Strong world building and superior storytelling."
The Briar King
"A wonderful tale . . . It crackles with suspense and excitement from start to finish."
"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
"From the Hardcover edition."
Series: Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone Ser.
Number Of Pages: 598
Published: 3rd April 2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.1 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.299