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King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  35,603 Ratings  ·  1,757 Reviews
The 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 lo
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Ace Books (first published August 2012)
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Shima In my opinion it gets a lot better, of course I liked the first book too so I'm not sure if this applies to you. In this book we get to see a more…moreIn my opinion it gets a lot better, of course I liked the first book too so I'm not sure if this applies to you. In this book we get to see a more moral side of Jorg and it has a more interesting plot and a lot of twists, also the other characters also get a lot more developed.
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It is quite enjoyable actually.

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Khanh (the Grinch)
Feb 21, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-released
Jorg Ancrath, you little fucker.

My feelings towards Jorg and this book can be best described as the epitome of an abusive relationship.

Jorg is not a nice man. Actually, for most of the book, he's 14 years old, so fuck the "nice man" part because he's not even a man yet. But he'll rip your head off, quite literally, if you say that to his face.

He is a rapist. A murderer. He tortures. He kills haphazardly. He is destructive, capricious. A madman in every sense of the word. He will wound you, ph
Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 18, 2016 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing
"I read the small forgotten books. The ones found behind the rows on the shelves. In locked chests. In pieces to be assembled. They look old. Some are--a hundred years, three hundred, maybe five, but Orrin's are most ancient. Mine though, they look older, as if what is written in them takes its toll, even on parchment and leather. Mine were set down after the Burning, after the Builders ignited their many suns."

I first met Jorg Ancrath in the first book of The Broken Empire called Prince of Thor
Mark Lawrence
Jan 13, 2017 Mark Lawrence added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: people with legs (also those without)
[STOP PRESS] Prince of Fools now in shops! If you want to spend some more time in the Broken Empire ... pick it up! And the last book of the trilogy is out now too.

My next book, Red Sister, is in shops at the start of April.


King of Thorns was a gamble on the intelligence of my readers - I bet on it being pretty high - I appear to have won.

Some readers struggle with the non-linear progression through two time-lines and various memories. It is, I'll agree, not the standard wa
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
(06/09) King of Thorns? Probably the best of all SO. MANY. FEELS.

Do you know what I love in these books? Picture the perfect hero. Kind. Skilled. Supported by all kind of prophecies. See this guy, the perfect Gary Sue of fantasy? Well, here, you root for the other guy who wants to kill him.

Because Jorg is some kind of anti Knight in Shining Armor.

"I don't play by the rules you choose."

Hello, Knight in Shining Armor : Prophecies see you rule the world because you're the One.
And Jorg? Proph
Rick Riordan
Feb 19, 2014 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite book in an excellent trilogy, because the odds are so severely against our anti-hero Jorg. The stakes are high and the plot twists are perfect. Having killed his uncle and secured a small kingdom in the mountains, young Jorg now faces a powerful, charismatic enemy – the Prince of Arrow – who seems destined to unite the Broken Empire. The action jumps back in forth in time, from the siege of Jorg’s capital to several years before, showing us how Jorg traveled the empir ...more
Milda Page Runner
Sometimes the world slows and you notice every small thing, as if you stood between two beats of eternity’s heart.(...) The air hung heavy with the metallic scent of rain. I wondered: if I stood out there, in the flood, would the rain wrap a grey life and make it shine? Should I stand, arms spread, and raise my face? Let it wash me clean. Or did my stains run too deep?

Err… * picks up the jaw from the floor* Wow!

This book is in an entirely different league than Prince of Thorns. So many layers, s
Jun 03, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

As good as the first? Not quite but I still really liked it.

The story is told from three points of view, Jorg's present as he faces a massive army set to destroy him, flash back four years as Jorg tries to discover the origins of a mysterious copper box that seems to have stolen some of his memories, and finally the journal entries of Katherine Jorg's love interest.

At times I found this bouncing back and forth confusing but I'm pretty sure it was only because of how slowly I was forced to read

Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews


In the below review, I had many criticisms about the story, specifically how Jorg seemingly produced "super-powers" out of thin air to save himself. While that is exactly how I felt after closing King, Emperor of Thorns satisfactorily explained those aspects of the story, so when reading this review, please understand many of my criticisms were later made moot by Mr. Lawren
Sep 15, 2013 seak rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Mark Lawrence stormed onto the scene (well, as much as you can in the publishing world) last year with his debut, Prince of Thorns, book one in The Broken Empire. This divisive book found a fan in me, despite this particular first person point of view that all notions of good and virtue tells you to hate.

I found a lot of things that I liked about Jorg even though I didn't love everything about him. Lawrence's captivating writing and smooth prose keep the pages flying and have not a little to do
Dec 30, 2014 Markus rated it really liked it
"The warrior rides a black stallion. Smoke shrouds the castle ruins behind him and the wind gives only glimpses of the corpse-choked gap between high and broken walls. That same wind streams long dark hair across his shoulders, like a pennant, and flutters the remnants of his cloak. To his left and right more riders emerge from the fog of war, warriors all, their armour dented, torn, smeared with soot and blood."

Honourous Jorg Ancrath, the Prince of Thorns, has become a king in his own right, an
Dec 30, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
With my reading time becoming increasingly precious, only the very best authors make it to my reading pile at all, and of those, I went with Lawrence to read after finally finishing edits to The Daylight War. Lawrence's poetic prose is amazing, far and away the best of the modern fantasy authors. The prose can get a little hard to follow if you're sleepy or your brain is fried after a long day, but this is hardly a quibble.

First person narrative is arguably the most difficult POV style, and Lawr
Peter Tr
Sep 20, 2016 Peter Tr rated it it was amazing
If you regularly follow my reviews, you must have already noticed that nice out of ten times I don't get to enjoy the next installments in a series as much as the first one (probably due to the fact that I'm already acquainted with the world & character building, as well as the magic system, so i am less impressed by the rest of the story). King of Thorns is the exception to the "rule". The one out of ten.

"Fifteen! I'd hardly be fifteen and rousting villages. By the time fifteen came around,
Terry Brooks
Apr 22, 2013 Terry Brooks rated it it was amazing
This month I am recommending both PRINCE OF THORNS and KING OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence. They are two of three, with the third not yet published. I have read the first and am halfway through the second. As a fantasy tale, Prince Jorg Ancraft's story is quite extraordinary. It begins when he is 13 and already a stone cold killer with a horrific past. This is a dangerous and risky protagonist for any author to put forth, but Lawrence does it with verve and confidence. It is like a train wreck from ...more
Craig Slater
Sep 14, 2012 Craig Slater rated it really liked it
King of Thorns (#2 Broken Empire) by Mark Lawrence.

Hmm, What to say about this Author and this series, without spoiling any of the twists or surprises. Book one, Prince of Thorns was one of the surprises of 2011. If you didn't get it on your to do list you should add it now. I'll wait while you do.

Ok? Done?

At it's essence, this series is a VERY dark and violent tale, told first person, from the point of view of Jorg the young and disturbed ringleader of a brutal band of wandering misfits (Bro
The Holy Terror
The most interesting thing I took away from this book was that I started to like Jorg, albeit just a bit, more. He still does reprehensible things, don't get me wrong, but he's older and wiser and not so eager to jump in and kill people without asking questions first. He strategizes a great deal more as well and really tries to think many steps ahead of his opponents. Jorg actually seems to be bothered when certain people are hurt or die, instead of just forgetting them and moving on. He thinks ...more
Will M.
Nov 23, 2014 Will M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
I don't want to be harsh and all, but all I can say of King of Thorns would be that it was fucking boring. It's a shame compared to Prince of Thorns.

The plot's utterly full of useless shit. This novel could've been way shorter. It has 500+ pages (on my iPad) and most of the novel was full of useless conversations. It also has too much adjectives, and tends to describe things longer than it should. And where the fuck is the action? I really liked the first book because it was full of violence
Franco  Santos
Le cambio la puntuación a cinco estrellas porque se lo merece. Tiene sus errores, cosas que no me convencen, pero este libro es fascinante.


¡Arrodíllense ante Jorg Ancrath o verán perder todo lo que aman!
May 15, 2015 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This second book in the Broken Empire series was of a similar quality to the first. Which means it was pretty good!

The Story

This story picks up 4 years after the end of the first book. An 18 year old Jorg now sits on the throne of Renar, but still dreams of being Emperor. His main competition for the role, the beloved Prince of Arrow, marches on Jorg's kingdom with an army many times that of Renar. In a fair fight there would only be one winner. Fighting fair has never been part of Honorous Jor
Nov 24, 2015 Bookwraiths rated it liked it
THE SOCIOPATH IS AT IT AGAIN While I despised Jorg in Prince of Thorns, the story itself was highly entertaining and kept me turning pages as quickly as I could read them. However, I did not find this novel as engrossing, perhaps because I've grown somewhat use to the main character's sociopathic behavior.

In any event, since the "shock" value of Jorg didn't overwhelm me this go round, I found myself focusing a great deal on the story itself, which quite honestly was a bit underwhelming. I could
Sep 03, 2014 Panagiota rated it it was amazing
The Broken Empire is a trilogy that I was absolutely afraid to even touch, due to reviews about how violent and gritty it is, and because of rape scenes that are really hard to read about.

It's been on my to-read list for a long time as I found the story quite intriguing but all these comments about rape sensitive issues put me off.

It was when I read a short story by Mark Lawrence in Unfettered and then the Sleeping Beauty. I loved the atmosphere and ML's wonderful prose in the short stories so I
Myke Cole
Jul 31, 2012 Myke Cole rated it it was amazing
Prince of Thorns impressed the hell out of me. Jorg Ancrath is the best kind of protagonist: flawed, stumbling, sometimes evil. He's human, and has that greatest of human capacities: the ability to make mistakes, learn from them, and drag the world forward with him.

Jorg doesn't disappoint in the 2nd installment in the series. If anything, his sharp wit, dark perceptive humor and almost precognizant read of complex situations develops. Lawrence ups the stakes in King of Thorns, and takes a comple
In King of Thorns Jorg of Ancrath takes the next step on his path to power. Again author Mark Lawrence shows us the becoming of a villain and as Jorg matures the story does as well. First time readers beware, this review will most likely to contain spoilers for Prince of Thorns.

As in his first novel, Mark Lawrence divides the narrative into two timelines. The first timeline starts immediately after the concluding events of Prince of Thorns and shows us what Jorg and his Brothers are up to for th
Terry Simpson
Aug 21, 2012 Terry Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was twenty pages from the end when I had to stop to write this review before I forgot what I had to say. I have never done that before.

King of Thorns is better than the first book. It is brutally brilliant, gruesomely good, and amid the carnage offers slivers of a rainbow before snatching it away in a world and future as grim and real as any out there.

Amid the wickedness that is Jorg Ancrath, you will find wit and wisdom to match. Sometimes almost too much for a young man of eighteen
Marc Aplin
May 22, 2012 Marc Aplin rated it it was amazing
Today is a glorious day. His highness Honorous Jorg Ancrath, King of the Renar Highlands, heir to the lands of Ancrath and the protectorates thereof is getting married. He stands beside his beautiful bride, fresh and perky as the lilies on her head, in a chapel. Once they’ve said their vows and made the marriage official they leave hand in hand to the applause and hoorahs of his people, the nobility who believe that he will save them and bring peace to their domain.

Woah! Hang on one damned minut
Ranting Dragon
Jun 16, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephan, favorites

Our favorite debut of last year was unquestionably Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns, a dark, brutally captivating tale of epic fantasy—or low; opinions on that were divided. This August will bring us King of Thorns, the second volume in The Broken Empire and sequel to Prince of Thorns. What he started in his debut, Lawrence expands in King of Thorns. Again, this is a breathtaking, captivating, and violent venture into a wonderful world filled with morally
Gabriella Alaniz
Jun 20, 2016 Gabriella Alaniz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of anti-heroes
Even better than the first! More action more emotion. Amazing character development! I highly suggest you pick up this series if you haven't already! I can't wait to devour the final book though I'll be sad to see this story end.

"A dark time comes.
My Time.
If it offends you.
Stop me."
You can see that I gave this book five stars. That's actually five trillion stars for King of Awesome, but GR is pretty stingy with its stars; it gave me a five-star limit.

Anyway, I think I should let it out that the Broken Empire series is why I hate Mark Lawrence so much. Not only was I supposed to be studying for two tests when I read this second book, but I was also supposed to be studying for an exam when I read the first book, Prince of Thorns. I had fun reading the books, but my grades di
This book blew me away and answered unanswered questions I didn't know I had from the first book, Prince of Thorns.

The anti-hero, Jorg, has made himself a king -- of sorts. In book one of the series, Prince of Thorns, we meet Jorg and get introduced to his vengence against his evil uncle and father. Jorg's is a child bandit at 14 running a gang of killers and rapist. Why? Because he helped them escape his father's dungeon and he is brilliant so they let him lead. It's clear that Jorg is ruthless
Feb 20, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
5 Stars

King of Thorns is one of those rare exceptions that have the sequel actually being better than the first. This book has a better plot, more character development, and an incredible ending. Jorg has taken the definition of an antihero dragged it through the mud and scum, bathed it in blood and filth, and caused us readers to wonder how far can he go and how far can we follow him.

Lawrence has created a world that is simply incredible. As in the first book there are small snippets and morse
Jul 19, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Mark Lawrence is carving a bloody path to the top of my Favorite Authors list.

This book is a brilliant sequel to Prince of Thorns - read my review here King of Thorns
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