King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2)
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 ...more
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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 ...more
I first met Jorg Ancrath in the first book of The Broken Empire called Prince of Thor ...more
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 way to write a fantasy book, though those who read literary fiction will be more use ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
2015 UPDATE AFTER FINISHING THE TRILOGY
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 ...more
First person narrative is arguably the most difficult POV style, and Lawr ...more
Honourous Jorg Ancrath, the Prince of Thorns, has become a king in his own right, an ...more
"Fifteen! I'd hardly be fifteen and rousting villages. By the time fifteen came around, ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Woah! Hang on one damned minut ...more
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 ...more
"A dark time comes.
If it offends you.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 w ...more