King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 2): 2/3 Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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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’
‘Excellent – on a par with George R.R. Martin’
‘[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale.’
‘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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If people believe that the middle/dark ages - the time period many fantasy worlds are based on - were all sunlight through cherry blossom and that bad things did not happen, even disturbing things then they are living in a dream world. They were mud choked, full of blood, rape and treachery, probably to an extent that The Broken Empire books only scratch the surface.
But... these novels are not set in a comparable middle age blueprint, in some ways they have to be considered science fiction over fantasy as they are set in our own world, in the future.
I remember when I was reading Prince of Thorns (first book in the series) and I felt that Lawrence's use of religion seemed to be based on Christianity, well it was Christianity, but it grated for me. I kept telling myself it was different but I did not think it worked. Until the story unfolded and revealed that this was our world after a nuclear war. Then everything made sense.
Lawrence said it was something that was only brushed upon in the first story, but it would be looked at in greater detail in this next novel. And he was not joking, here we get some depth and world building (and a bigger map) that really lets us feel this new world, what has happened to the old as it was burned away and left behind.Read more ›
This series has almost immediately become one of my all time favourite fantasy series and easily stands comparison with The First Law trilogy and the work of Joe Abercrombie - that's the highest compliment I can pay it.
A six-nation army marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a shining hero determined to unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength, Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg's game plan...
Picking up four years after the events of Prince Of Thorns, it's Jorg's wedding day - and the day that a six-nation army stands at his gates. The tale then splits to alternating sections of present and 4 years previously (shortly after Prince Of Thorns). We follow Jorg's path as he deals with Fire and Death, the two opposing forces. We meet his relatives from his mother's side, and are reacquainted with old freidns and foes. It culminates in a terrific final few chapters that leave plenty intrigue for the eagerly-anticipated Emperor Of Thorns.
An excellent book, following one of the greatest anti-hero's you'll ever read about. I can't recommend it highly enough. Please, take the time to enjoy it.
I'll be on book three as soon as I can.
At the end of Book One, Jorg Ancrath, our utterly amoral "hero" had taken one step closer to his ultimate ambition of being Emperor of the Broken Empire by taking revenge on the uncle who'd killed his mother and brother, and becoming King of Renar in the process. Some chapters in this book pick up almost where that book left off, with Jorg newly crowned and exploring the world. Alternating chapters jump ahead four years, when Jorg is facing overwhelming odds, his country surrounded by 20 000 armed men fighting to conquer Renar for the Prince of Arrow.
The Prince of Arrow - good looking, kind, intelligent, seeking to conquer the Empire purely to bring peace - is the sort of character who'd be the hero of most fantasy novels, even fairly edgy, modern ones. Every mystic Jorg meets tells him that Arrow is prophesied to be Emperor and bring piece to the world. Unlike in the first book, where Jorg was basically a bad man amongst bad man, it's therefore particularly disconcerting to find yourself rooting for him when he's clearly the worst of two evils.
Many of the things that made the first book good are still present and correct. The "seemingly medieval but actually post-apocalyptic" world is well developed, the writing is smooth, and the willingness to play with genre conventions is refreshing. Above all though, it's the main character that makes this series special - his ruthlessness, his absolute determination, and his damaged psyche make compelling, repellent, and sympathetic all at once.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked Prince of Thorns. I found the dark aspects, particularly the hero's character, realistic and believable. I also liked the irreverent philosophical commentary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hfffoman
First read: March 13 to 17, 2014
Second Read: June 19 to 22, 2016
King of Thorns follows King Jorg fours years on from the events of Prince of Thorns. Read more
Mr. Lawrence managed to keep the same style and storytelling elements which made the first so good. There was something new though, he kept switching between the events four years... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It won't be a surprise that in this book we find Jorg installed as king in his own right. It is also his wedding day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phil Leader
Decent read. Jorg's anti-hero character propells the narrative allng nicely. I've order the second and third book already.Published 4 months ago by Anthony Johnson