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Briggen [Paperback]

Ann B. Keller
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April 2008
Briggen, the brawny warrior prince, is plucked from a hostile planet by the powerful wizard, Quinhelm, beginning his desperate plunge into the midst of an interplanetary war. Briggen and Quinhelm rush home as the powerful Xandoth and their allies surge across the galaxy, killing and laying waste to everything they encounter. As Briggen confronts the evil Sorceress of Endih, squabbling nobles and an assassin on his home planet, the great dragon Ephereon abducts the good sorceress, Telana, instructing her in the ways of magic. To her astonishment, Telana learns that she is the Chosen One, the one foretold by the ancients to lead the people of Mantasi to a stunning victory. Telana joins forces with Briggen as they battle the Xandoth for supremacy over the planet, and magic and courage triumph over the powerful forces of evil.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative & engaging Fantasy-Sci-fi novel Feb. 27 2009
Format:Paperback
Briggen is a tale of ancient meets futuristic. It is a blending of old-world sorcery, mysticism and traditions, with a world of characters and technology along the lines of the Star Trek universe. I happen to be a really big fan of both. This is a very unique and well-told story about a long-lost prince who forfeited his royal place, a lonely orphan piloting a freighter carrying a rag-tag group of survivors searching for a home, plagued by insecurity that she will fail them, an evil sorceress who lusts for power, and enemy alien races single-mindedly laying waste to everything in their path. Their paths all intersect on the planet Mantasi, a world steeped in ancient traditions, simple ways, with a rich history, much of which has been lost to time, to betrayal, and battles long-ago fought. Heroes arise, villains take aim, and a fascinating world of magic unfolds.

My favorite aspect of Briggen is the main characters and their complex relationships with one another. They quickly and easily grew on me, I felt a real warmth for them, I enjoyed them and rooted for them. Ann B. Keller is a talented storyteller with a wonderful imagination. Briggen is a thoroughly enjoyable and highly entertaining novel that will please fantasy and sci-fi fans alike.

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SiFi and Fanatsy Collide May 1 2008
By Yvonne Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Briggen - the name conjures up dragons, space ships, other planets, and the need to turn the page.
Ann B. Keller has taken two genres and woven them into a beautiful story blended together in the way no other writer had been able to do. She has taken fantasy and blended it with Star Wars to bring together the hero known as BRIGGEN.
Briggen has banished himself to a world not his own to recover from the life he fled. His ship crashes on a planet filled with animals of a prehistoric world. He has adapted himself to this world like only he can.
The wizard Quinhelm arrives to take Briggen back to his world. Briggen's bother has been murdered. Quinhelm explains to Briggen he must return and claim the crown that was rightfully his. Briggen makes the decision to return only to avenge the death of his brother. Along the way, Briggen and Quinhlem cross paths with Telena who has her own cache of secrets.
Ms. Keller weaves a tale of wonder, fantasy and belief in her characters that I have not seen in a long time. As Briggen learns to work the food processor on the ship he has been transported to, one can see him punching all kinds of buttons to receive the food he wants. One can visualize his frustration as he places each discarded plate to the side and growls with hunger.
The reader not only sees but also feels the power of Briggen and Quinhelm as they combine their powers to keep the force shield of the disabled ship up so the wounded and non-wounded can be transported to their ship. One can see the bridge of the ship and the crew as they fight to save the crippled ship and themselves from the enemy. Ms. Keller puts her reader in that ship.
The ease in which Ms. Keller blends the two genres is seamless and one feels this is the way it should be. This novel is an absolute must read. It has many lessons of loyalty, friendship and commitment as well as being very entertaining.
I give this book five stars only because that is the highest I can go.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tapestry of fiction that is unique May 15 2008
By Mary Menzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
By alternately weaving threads of science fiction and fantasy, Ann B. Keller has created a tapestry of fiction that is unique and engrossing. From space battles and diverse races from many planets to medieval castles, dragons and wizards, "Briggen", the first book in a promised trilogy, has all the components that readers of these genres crave. In this story, Prince Briggen is brought back to his home planet after his brother's death to take leadership of his people only to find out that many different forces are working against him. He enlists the help of Telana, the good Sorceress, and Quinhelm, the wizard, in his quest. Ann B. Keller, using vivid descriptions without being long-winded and redundant, allows the reader to have a clear and stunning picture of everything being described. If you are an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, then this book should be number one on your list of books to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi and Fantasy It doesn't get any better March 7 2009
By Yvonne Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Briggen - the name conjures up dragons, space ships, other planets, and the need to turn the page.
Ann B. Keller has taken two genres and woven them into a beautiful story blended together in the way no other writer had been able to do. She has taken fantasy and blended it with Star Wars to bring together the hero known as BRIGGEN.
Briggen has banished himself to a world not his own to recover from the life he fled. His ship crashes on a planet filled with animals of a prehistoric world. He has adapted himself to this world like only he can.
The wizard Quinhelm arrives to take Briggen back to his world. Briggen's bother has been murdered. Quinhelm explains to Briggen he must return and claim the crown that was rightfully his. Briggen makes the decision to return only to avenge the death of his brother. Along the way, Briggen and Quinhlem cross paths with Telena who has her own cache of secrets.
Ms. Keller weaves a tale of wonder, fantasy and belief in her characters that I have not seen in a long time. As Briggen learns to work the food processor on the ship he has been transported to, one can see him punching all kinds of buttons to receive the food he wants. One can visualize his frustration as he places each discarded plate to the side and growls with hunger.
The reader not only sees but also feels the power of Briggen and Quinhelm as they combine their powers to keep the force shield of the disabled ship up so the wounded and non-wounded can be transported to their ship. One can see the bridge of the ship and the crew as they fight to save the crippled ship and themselves from the enemy. Ms. Keller puts her reader in that ship.
The ease in which Ms. Keller blends the two genres is seamless and one feels this is the way it should be. This novel is an absolute must read. It has many lessons of loyalty, friendship and commitment as well as being very entertaining.
I give this book five stars only because that is the highest I can go.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't get into it Jan. 16 2011
By R. Barrios - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I got through 25% of the book, and had to stop reading. The author has moved from subplot to subplot, with no advancement of the story nor depth building of the characters. The highly descriptive writing of scenes takes away from any suspense being built up. Instead of wondering what will happen next, I find myself get pulled into details that divert away from the action. Finally, the author moves from character to character with no clean breaks. This, along with chapters ending for no reason, is bad editing, giving no good flow for the book. I'm highly surprised by the 5 star ratings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative & engaging Fantasy-Sci-fi novel March 9 2009
By Rai Aren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Briggen is a tale of ancient meets futuristic. It is a blending of old-world sorcery, mysticism and traditions, with a world of characters and technology along the lines of the Star Trek universe. I happen to be a really big fan of both. This is a very unique and well-told story about a long-lost prince who forfeited his royal place, a lonely orphan piloting a freighter carrying a rag-tag group of survivors searching for a home, plagued by insecurity that she will fail them, an evil sorceress who lusts for power, and enemy alien races single-mindedly laying waste to everything in their path. Their paths all intersect on the planet Mantasi, a world steeped in ancient traditions, simple ways, with a rich history, much of which has been lost to time, to betrayal, and battles long-ago fought. Heroes arise, villains take aim, and a fascinating world of magic unfolds.

My favorite aspect of Briggen is the main characters and their complex relationships with one another. They quickly and easily grew on me, I felt a real warmth for them, I enjoyed them and rooted for them. Ann B. Keller is a talented storyteller with a wonderful imagination. Briggen is a thoroughly enjoyable and highly entertaining novel that will please fantasy and sci-fi fans alike.

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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