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Emperor of Thorns: The Broken Empire, Book 3 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 4 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Oct. 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FFTUHZE
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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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This is a fitting end to a superb series. And yes it really is the end. (Of course I want more however there is something deeply satisfying in having a finish line here. It was right.)

It's five years after Jorg defeated the Prince of Arrow's army. Miana, his queen, is expecting their first child and the interregnum is ... Well uninterrupted. But there is a pressing need for an emperor on the throne, for the broken empire to be mended. The dead king is rising and his armies are on the move...

I could rave on about this book, this whole series for pages and pages but I wouldn't do it justice. Read it for yourself. In fact if you haven't read the first two, acquire them and set time aside. You're in for a treat.

It's rare to find a fantasy series without a weak moment. Rarer still to find a fantasy trilogy that doesn't suffer from middle book syndrome. This delivers every dark promise it hints at and more besides. I love the threads of necromancy, quantum mechanics and dystopian fiction running through this. All woven together so skillfully that it's absolutely right for all those disparate elements to sit side by side.

Most of all I love Jorg as a protagonist. Surely one of the best drawn fantasy characters ever. A portrait of change is always difficult to pull off convincingly. Hats off to Mr Lawrence who has done all that and more.

This is the kind of book that you can't stop reading but will leave you feeling lost when you've finished it.

If a greater number of stars had been an option I would have applied them. Truly awesome.
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This man is an honest writer who has the balls to stay true to himself. In fact this trilogy may now be my top rated due to the honesty he writes with and maybe the single best ending in recent times (hard to explain without revealing spoilers).
He writes so beautifully painting a vivid picture but at the same time, manages to keep within the feeling of the book; crude, violent and bloody refreshing.
If your a fan of the likes of joe Abercrombie, Ryan Anthony, Brent Weeks etc and other current big hitters but feel they are missing something, well that something is in every page of this trilogy.
A big statement I know but give it a read and you will come to understand brothers.
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I have, at last, had the immense pleasure of reading Emperor Of Thorns, the last book in the Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence.

We pick up where King Of Thorns left off, and we are once again split between two timelines that converge to bring the full meaning of the story together, as well as the addition of Chella's point of view for a handful of chapters, all to further the story in an interesting and eventful way.

"To reach the throne requires that a man journey. Even a path paved with good intentions can lead to hell, and my intentions were never good.

The Hundred converge for Congression to politic upon the corpse of Empire, and while they talk the Dead King makes his move, and I make mine. The world is cracked, time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days, the future so bright that those who see it are the first to burn. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne whoever seeks to thwart me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending.

This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Don't think I will not spend you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me.

Follow me, and I will break your heart."

That, coupled with knowledge from the previous two offerings in the series, should let you know that this final book is every but as sinister, every bit as entertaining, and every bit as wonderful as this terrific series deserves.
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