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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007439067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007439065
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 4.8 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say 'this isn't rocket science ... oh wait, it actually is'.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

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‘Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely stunning… jaw-dropping’
ROBIN HOBB

‘Excellent – on a par with George R.R. Martin’
CONN IGGULDEN

‘[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale.’
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‘Lawrence’s poetic prose is amazing, far and away the best of the modern fantasy authors’
PETER V. BRETT

About the Author

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say 'this isn't rocket science … oh wait, it actually is'.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By l3jog on 30 Mar. 2014
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Well - not too sure what to say! A very different story to the usual sword and sorcery, it certainly kept me reading, downloading books 2 & 3 immediately after finishing the preceding one. I've never read anything where the hero was a masochistic psychopath - and here's the twist - you actually like the guy and want him to win! I'm still getting my head around the ending, but if you want to read something really different from the usual poor orphan kid becomes ruler of the earth same old same old then this is the one for you. Awesome!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shade Thompson on 30 July 2014
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What can I say? this is a fantastic last book ending a fantastic trilogy. I have never read anything like this where the main character was such a b*****d but one that you want to win the war - Jorg is horrible if you ever had the misfortune to meet him the sensible thing would be to run to the other side of the world - which unfortunately if he disliked you ( as he does most people) he would follow you across the seas and deserts to stick a knife into you. The only safety from Jorg is your reading his story safely from your chair. This book along with Prince of Thorns/ King of Thorns is amazing. give it a try- although once finished every other bunch of characters compared to those within this book will be a bit bland. For me nothing has yet to compare to the complex, interesting and dark character of Prince Jorg of Ancrath. Although Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy is pretty masterful (but that’s another gushing review).
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By lynnsbooks on 2 Aug. 2013
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Mark Lawrence is the author who brought to us Prince and then King of Thorns. Both excellent reads. The first book a quite unique experience for me in fantasy and the second which I felt actually surpassed it! (No small achievement) So I confess I went into Emperor with a certain amount of trepidation about whether or not the author could pull the rabbit out of the hat yet again. Personally I think he managed to pull not only a rabbit out of the hat but a long line of knotted hankies and a bunch of other random magical props! I loved it and in fact would go so far as to say it is the perfect way to conclude the series.

How to begin. If you're reading this review you've probably already read the first two books and so the violence and bloodshed that make up a part of Jorg's life are more than likely known to you. If you haven't - get out of here right now and go and read these in sequence. Believe me when I say you can't join this story half way along in some half ditched attempt to find out what's going on. Get thee to the beginning! Also, this review will be written as though you have read the first two books and have a certain level of knowledge.

Okay, I always try to write a review that doesn't contain spoilers and this review will be no different. Obviously with the proviso that a review of a third book is actually already 'spoilery' before you even put pen to paper! The very fact that there are sequels clearly means that the lead character has survived thus far after all.

So, again, with Emperor we have a dual time line taking place. Jorg has grown a little older but we still flit to his earlier self. He's just as ambitious as he ever was and still equally afraid of the memories he carries around with him (quite literally).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clive Butterfield on 25 Jun. 2014
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Firstly, the reader has to have read the previous two books to follow the plot. Mark Lawrence scatters references to events from Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns throughout Emperor of Thorns. I love his writing style, the skewed rational that has Jorg squander life to fulfil his ambition, a free spirit when it comes to making the hard decision seem obvious and taking the necessary the actions. Jorg is generally unfettered by our normal daily morality and that fear of consequence for action. Its true and marvellous escapism!
Mark himself speaks of his decisions regarding this character as a footnote and I have to admire his commitment to his art, and it is art, he paints some wonderful pictures with his words and weaves a story that held me captivated through three superb books.
Anyone reading this, please take my advice, if you haven’t read any of these books, please read them all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ian young on 31 July 2014
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At first I thought this was going to be a remake of games of thrones but as I read on I became more and more hooked on a completely different story and I couldn't have loved it more. It a great change to have the good guy be more of a terrible man and I sincerely hope more people will read these books and love it as much as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC on 24 Jun. 2014
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First started reading the series a couple of months ago, absolutely loved the first two books. Have to say I wasn't the most perceptive of readers so it took me a while to really understand the set and background etc. But afterwards it was one of the best I've read (it is a personal preference, but I really liked it). It has some depth surrounding human psychology, some depth about a surprising set, and a good ending in the end. Very much enjoyed it!

But I suppose you wouldn't really need to read this review, if you liked the first two books, you would definitely like the final book! (And it's not like you won't read it because someone wrote a bad review right! You've invested into two books already!)
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