To be honest I expected more than the book managed to deliver. The title alone was enough to seduce me into purchasing The Briar King. But even with s..Show More »uch a promising start it fell short. It took a good chunk of the first part to get the plot going and to be honest the first hundred pages felt like a really, really long prologue. After a while the plot and action picked up but it is difficult to care about an obnoxious character when you haven't been carried on by the momentum of the series of actions the said character makes, but rather feel like you are forced to read through a tedious introduction. The second part of the book redeems the snoozefest the first part is. Overall, The Briar King has potential as a first book of series. Not quite original but not exactly a carbon copy of some previously published works of other authors I would rate it 3,5 out of 5, mostly for the exquisitely worded paragraphs.