Mark Lawrence : King of Thorns Review

Mark Lawrence

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.
The Prince of Thorns is his first published novel. It is the
beginning of a projected trilogy following the fortunes of
Honorous Jorg Ancrath.
 Broken Empire
1. Prince of Thorns (2011)
Prince of Thorns
2. King of Thorns (2012)
King of Thorns
3. Emperor of Thorns (2014)


The second book in this unique Fantasy/ Scifi blend. Firstly a must in my
opinion is that you read book one, King of Thorns just doesn’t work without
having experienced Prince of Thorns.

The main Character Jorg, so basic,
so simple and yet so complex and so diverse its an amazing feat to have achieved
on paper, for me something this complex comes with a fair bit of yawning and
desire to skip a few pages. But not with this book (or Prince) the clear writing
and story direction just enthrals the reader.

It is not however a book
you can sit there and tear through in a day, it has too much depth too much plot
for that, this is a week long read, a book to put down and stop and think
through whats happened and then go back for more. The writer has the ability to
take you on an emotional roller coaster through the eyes of Jorg (mainly) and
also through the eyes of Katherine which makes a great counter

The utter honesty of this book is what really grabs you,
when trawling the mind of someone like Jorg there must be times when the author
wonders “should i do this, should i go there?” and he never backs down its warts
and all, all the inglorious and hidden thoughts are there, to delight and
disgust the reader. Do i like Jorg? not a chance, does he fascinate me, yes and
that’s why i keep reading and reading.

Where does the story go next? only
Emperor of Thorns will tell us, because Jorg is keeping us in the dark on that

Not for the faint hearted but Highly recomended

Book Description
second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one
step closer to his grand ambition.

To reach greatness you must step on
bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to
player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world
in blood…

The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords
and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the
slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the
hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the
board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and
discover how to break them.

A six nation army, twenty thousand strong,
marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every
decent man prays this shining hero will 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

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  1. Pingback: My stand out books, and Fav’s of 2012, and the publishers who do so much for me and others. | parmenionbooks

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