Well, it's been awhile since I last even recalled that this existed, but I just discovered that there's an entry for it on Goodreads,...moredear frickin god
Well, it's been awhile since I last even recalled that this existed, but I just discovered that there's an entry for it on Goodreads, so I thought I'd just add my two cents.
This person is either the best troll in history or the worst writer I've ever seen. This work of fiction made me want to rub my face against a cheese grater and double over in uncontrollable laughter. Sometimes, at the same time.
So. Would recommend. Then again, I really, really wouldn't. It's your call.(less)
Well, I did it. I finished it to the last page. I was very much tempted to drop it after, within the first few pages, the protagonist manages to rape...moreWell, I did it. I finished it to the last page. I was very much tempted to drop it after, within the first few pages, the protagonist manages to rape two women and murder one of the members of his band of men without regrets.
Anyway. Now I get to yell and scream at the book to my heart's content.
Let's start with the main character. Jorg. It's funny, because he shares the same first two letters of King Joffrey from A Game of Thrones. Your situations and personalities are pretty much identical. Assholes in positions of power, indeed. Jorg and Joffrey like killing people for the sake of it. They even like raping/abusing women. While King Joffrey is unhinged because his power has gone to his head, however, Jorg is slightly different.
I am not protesting the use of rape as a plot device, however sickening I might find it personally. I am protesting the fact that rape, a special kind of evil, is downplayed to benefit the protagonist's standing among his men. RAPE IS NOT A MATTER TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. THIS BOOK TREATS IT AS SUCH, AND NOT NECESSARILY JUST FROM JORG'S POINT OF VIEW.
This book starts out with the plundering and burning of some small town in the country of Ancrath. Jorg is seen giving several less-than-stable orders to his men about what exactly they can do about the absence of material wealth, and points them in the way of several farm girls.
Cue rape scene.
Anyway. The one star is not because of Lawrence's sheer honesty and brutality in portraying the total psychopath that people even as young as fourteen years old can become from a bad childhood. His honesty was...nice, I guess.
But everything that Jorg did was literally for the sake of being edgy and cool.
Jorg is forever haunted by the ghosts of his mother and older brother, William, because they were slaughtered in front of him by Count Renar's soldiers while he was stuck in a hook-thorn briar bush and left for dead (see title, "The Prince of Thorns.") I'm pretty sure Jorg wasn't the most stable of young boys out there before this incident, though, because I've seen instances of people suffering through worse and still coming out alright. Not to downplay what Jorg went through as a child, though, because that sort of thing was still pretty horrible.
Anyway, let's move on to the other characters.
Wait. What other characters?
It was almost like the book was centered around Jorg, and Jorg only. This sort of thing can be somewhat allowed, because Jorg IS the main character, but, I mean, seriously, it's almost as if the most important supporting characters around him were just plot devices in living flesh and bone and nothing more! What about THEIR characters, Mr. Lawrence? Don't they get any development? At all? Please? No?
You could've done something really special with Elban, Makin, or some of the other Nubans. Instead of concentrating wholeheartedly on the prince suffering from delusional psychosis, maybe you could make something of the others, hmm?
Another point-- WHAT DID YOU DO TO KATHERINE, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD?
She could've been the high point of the book! From the albeit brief scenes in which we actually see her, she could've been kick-ass and up in Jorg's face! But, NO, we have her stand there as Jorg starts to strangle her near the end. And this is seen as completely okay! Along with the strong (Well, not mentally strong, but Jorg was still persistent and he stuck to his...values, no matter how perverse they were) leading male character, we could've forgiven your previous infractions pertaining to the treatment of women if you had taken Katherine and done something USEFUL with the princess.