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King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 2): 2/3 Paperback – 25 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007439024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007439027
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.’
Publishers Weekly

‘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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I think it is fair to say that the books of Mark Lawrence can be described as harsh. Not in a bad way, the world that is lived in and the characters are harsh, but there is more to it than that. There have been criticisms about some of the things that happen in the book(s), that perhaps things have been a little too brutal, but that is the world.

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.
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The sequel to Prince of Thorns takes the story of Prince Jorg of Ancrath and ramps up the scale, world, violence and quality of writing until you're caught in a dilemma of being unable to put it down, but never wanting it to end. The greatest triumph of the series is that of taking a central character who is a bone-deep psychopath, utterly driven by his own impulses and desires at the expense of all others and not only making you root for him - but making you actively like and want to spend time with him.
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.
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I've just had the absolute pleasure of reading King Of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence.

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.
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Having read book one of the Thorns" trilogy there was no way I was not going to continue the series. Once again I found Mark Lawrence's tale of Jorg Ancrath compellingly readable. There is that same light and deft touch in writing about the grimest moments. Jorg - now King Jorg - is still very much Jorg with his "brothers" and the characters from the first book still waging wars in the own style. This is a post apocalyptic trilogy and once again very good use is made of the remnants of the world we might be rather more familiar with. "Magic" in many forms is part of the story however it is Jorg's insights on himself and the human condition that takes this well past a basic fantasy story. I find the lilt of Mark Lawrence's writing is remarkable; it has simplicity coupled with a poetic approach at times. I find reading it there is the simple & powerful joy of words well used and balanced - I read a lot, this writing has a rare quality to it.

I'll be on book three as soon as I can.
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I read the first book in this series, Prince of Thorns, and absolutely loved it. The moment I finished, I downloaded Book Two and started reading.

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.
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