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Dark and violent but gripping
on 9 April 2014
I spotted Prince of Thorns while killing time in a bookshop in London, and was intrigued by the idea of a fantasy protagonist that wasn't a good person, so I bought this kindle compilation.
Some people have been put off by Jorg's relentless nastiness and lack of any sort of respect for others. He's also been accused of being a misogynist, but I don't think that's right. He will use/kill anyone for his own ends. It doesn't matter if they are male or female. For me one of the joys of the books is gradually getting an understanding of why he is the way he is through learning about key events in his past.
The way Lawrence splits the Jorg's story into different timelines that are told concurrently is very interesting, and keeps the different elements nicely separated until the denouement of each book.
In terms of the setting I like the way what initially seems to be a fantasy setting quickly reveals itself to be a future Europe after a thermonuclear war and gradually incorporates more and more sci-fi elements. It's nice to have an explanation for how the "magic" works, even if we never really learn specifics.
All in all I really enjoyed both books, and the fact that I kept reading King of Thorns until nearly 4am in order to get to the end one night should tell you what you need to know about how engrossing I found them. It's been a good while since the last time that happened to me.