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Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 1) (Broken Empire 1) [Hardcover]

Mark Lawrence
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4 Aug 2011 Broken Empire 1 (Book 1)

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging.

Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.

From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.

Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007423292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007423293
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,425 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. Jaw-dropping’
Robin Hobb

‘This is a lean, cold knife-thrust of a novel, a revenge fantasy anchored on the compelling voice and savage purpose of its titular Prince. There is never a safe moment in Lawrence’s debut’
Robert Redick, author of The Red-Wolf Conspiracy

'Prince of Thorns got hold of me from page one and didn’t let go until I finished it on my second reading session on the second day. There’s humour here, gut-wrenching realism, high adventure, something that might be magic in the story, and certainly is in the telling of it. It was almost as if the shade of David Gemmell had returned, somewhat nastier for the experience. Thoroughly recommended. Thanks Mr Lawrence'
Neal Asher

'Prince of Thorns is one of this year’s most anticipated fantasy debuts; and now I know why! It's incredible'
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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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153 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, amoral but compelling story 29 July 2011
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
A hundred petty warlords are struggling to carve their own pieces out of the Broken Empire, the divided remnants of a glorious, high-technology society obliterated in a monstrous war. Little has survived from before that time aside from a few books of philosophy and war, and religion.

Prince Jorg, the son of King Olidan of Ancrath, is a boy of nine when he sees his mother and brother brutally murdered by agents of Count Renar. When Olidan makes peace with Renar in return for a few paltry treaties and goods, Jorg runs away from home in the company of a band of mercenaries. As the years pass, Jorg becomes cruel, merciless and ruthless. He sees his destiny is to reunite the Broken Empire and rule as the first Emperor in a thousand years, and nothing and no-one will deny him this destiny.

Prince of Thorns is the first novel in The Broken Empire, a trilogy which was fiercely bidded over by several publishers before HarperCollins Voyager won the publishing rights in the UK. It's being touted by Voyager as 'the big new thing' for 2011, to the extent where they are even giving away copies to people who have pre-ordered A Dance with Dragons from certain UK bookstores.

This faith is mostly justified. Prince of Thorns is a remarkable read. Well-written and compelling, it is also disturbing. Anyone who's ever bailed on reading Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books because of a horrific thing the main character does a couple of chapters in will probably not enjoy this book either. Jorg is a protagonist with the quick wits of Locke Lamora, the charm and resourcefulness of Kvothe but the moral compass of Gregor Clegane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Prince of Thorns has been one of my more recent reads from the fantasy genre. It was given to me as a gift from my older brother.
From the moment I started reading I was hooked. The story drew me in to a world I couldn't leave - a true reflection of fantastic writing. Despite the challenges faced by the characters and the 'darker' areas of the book, I felt a relation and deep connection to the characters, a connection that made the whole series become a favourite, leaving me feeling a little bit empty when I had finished!
I can't recommend Prince of Thorns enough - a very, very good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THE TRILOGY NOW! 16 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not much of a writer, so I'm far better suited to reading the words that others have written.. and what a set of astounding books to read!

Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy is an absolute masterpiece, so much so that this is the second time I have bought the set as I NEEDED a physical copy to add to my book case.

If you're thinking about purchasing the trilogy, think no more, BUY IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Joanne
Format:Paperback
1st Book of the Broken Empire Trilogy
The book follows Prince Jorg, the last son of the hateful King of Ancrath who decides to embark on his own journey to earn his father’s favour and carve his own life. At first he starts as the lowest in a band of brothers who roam the roads, but by the end he is the defacto ruler of his men and a thorn in his fathers side.

Jorg is a controversial figure who will polarise readers as he is a killing, heartless, and most probably, molesting teenager, however you still can’t help but root for our a vigilante/antihero as he uses cleverness to overcome his enemies who have overwhelming numbers.

Its a very refreshing book but be warned if you don’t like the content of Game of Thrones you won’t like this (the editor of this book Jane Johnson is the same as GRR Martins). But I would 100% recommend this book. Give it a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 29 Mar 2014
By k.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you like Game of Thrones you will like this. You have to get used to it jumping back to the past, but other than that a great read. Read them all now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked! 3 Feb 2014
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A real twist on historic and modern times, an engrossing read, couldn't put it down! Mark Lawrence can certainly twist time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 Jan 2014
By kaje
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give it a chance very dark coming of age story about an intelligent, strong willed, lost young man blundering his way through a disaster of his own making.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and best read since Game of Thrones 20 July 2012
By Cam
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book not really expecting much, the reviews seemed good so I thought I'd give it a go. I do most of my reading on the commute back and forth to London. I picked it up on the way to work, and to be honest I was instantly captivated and don't really remember anything else happening in the days between the act of picking it up and finishing I didn't put it down. The only disapointment I found with Prince of Thorns was that it had to end. A truely great read for the fantastists among us. The best book I've read since Game of Thrones, Can't wait for the next in the next in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read
Published 41 minutes ago by Mr. Edward Brann
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifically Intense
This book pulls no punches. When authors usually make out their characters to be ruthless, they invariably end up being good, but Jorg Ancrath is the first character who's been... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Mr. G. Patmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & gritty fantasy
So much better than I expected with strong characters and hard hitting action. If you like something a little bit different and a good anti-hero then give this a try...
Published 1 day ago by Philip Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
quite enjoyed the story not as good as some I have read, Feist, Hobb or Canavan but will probably go for the next one in the series.
Published 4 days ago by Ron Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Persist
Slow to get going, lots to get your head around, however do persist, the story is worth it, will defo read book two!!
Published 6 days ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An utterly compelling and unputdownable series, was hooked from the very start!
Published 9 days ago by Anne R Deery
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible read. The main character is annoying and completely ...
Terrible read. The main character is annoying and completely unbelievable. There is no explanation as to how one so young, untrained and inexperience becomes so feared by a band of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Silver Surfer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Will look for the next book when I get round to it
Published 11 days ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
Not a bad read but I am afraid that in my opinion anyone who writes in this genre has a lot to live up to for anyone who has previously read George R R Martin. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Steve Aldy
4.0 out of 5 stars good buy
Having recently been introduced to fantasy books this looked intriguing. It was a good read but not sure i would want to get book 2
Published 13 days ago by Ms Carol J. Jackson
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