King of Thorns
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
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
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 used to seeing a narrative flex its muscles in more imaginative ways.
I first met Jorg Ancrath in the first book of The Broken Empire called Prince of Thor ...more
It pains me to say this, but virtually nothing about this book fits with what I want out of a fantasy book
I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, and while I thought there were some major decisions made about character development and writing style that I thoroughly disliked, I thought the plot was wonderful and carried the book into something that showed a lot of promi ...more
A lot of reader and fans claimed King of Thorns to be the best out of the Broken Empire trilogy, it pained me to do so but I can’t agree with that notion.
I’m going to inform you right from the beginning of my review, there's an innocent dog torture scene in this book and I’ll admit that part was quite tough to read. However, this doesn’t mean that the scene itself isn’t important to the overarching story, there’s a reason behind this scene. It’s really well written and in my opinion, ...more
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence is one of the greatest masterpieces of grimdark fantasy, a towering literary achievement that takes us into the darkened mind and heart of Jorg Ancrath as he comes to terms with several of the most tragic events of his young life. In this second volume of the Broken Empire trilogy, Jorg has matured compared to the impulsive, rage-driven youth of Prince of Thorns. In King of Thorns, Jorg’s unbridled anger is bala ...more
There are some brilliant anti-heroes in the realms of fiction. Anthony Burgress’ Alex from A Clockwork Orange and Byron’s Don Juan immediately spring to mind. In both cases, the characters are undeniably flawed and twisted; they exploit the world, and other people, to meet their own ends: they are egotistical bastards with little (to no) scruples.
Mark Lawrence’s Jorg Ancrath is no different; he is a nasty piece of work who lives simply for himself. There’s nothing wrong w ...more
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 ...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. La ...more
"Fifteen! I'd hardly be fifteen and rousting villages. By the time fifteen came around, I'd ...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
First person narrative is arguably the most difficult POV style, and Lawr ...more
“They say that time is a great teacher but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”
Prince of Thorns ★★★
King of Thorns ★★ 1/2
I usually read book series one book per month, that way I don’t forget all the details and it also prevents me from getting bored of the book series. I am saying this because I read Prince of Thorns back in November last year but I could not find it in me to pick the second book in December. I just felt that ...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
Honourous Jorg Ancrath, the Prince of Thorns, has become a king in his own right, an ...more
This book wrecked me. It was sad, hilarious and gory at the same time.
Granted, I thought this would be a boring middle book by the first 250 pages. Oh Boi was I wrong. Jorg is the same bloody bastard he was in book one, I'd say he's even scarier at this point. I'm truly terrified for book 3 and can't wait to finish the series. Also I can't believe I've DNF'ed book 1 two times. I'm so glad I gave it another chance, it's my favorite series now! ...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
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 co ...more
Just not my thing. I really enjoyed The Girl and the Stars and I want to try the Red Sister trilogy. But I’m not really finding this one that exciting and I’m trying to be stricter with books. If I don’t like something, time to move on.
I probably sound like that's a bad thing... right? Well... yeah. I was USED to loving to hate the little murderous sociopathic little punk. I don't want him humanized. I want him to plow over all his enemies and random bystanders who might have been within spitting distance of him. I want him to burn the world.
Or rat ...more
However, upon my re-read 4 years later my opinions have changed somewhat.
Don’t get me wrong, I still didn’t much care for Jorg’s brothers. I don’t fee ...more
“We die a little every day and by degrees we’re reborn into different men, older men in the same clothes, with the same scars.”
Oopsy another unpopular opinion from me *evil cackle*.
Firstly I must start this review by saying this book was extremely overhyped imo. Everyone raves on about how great this book is, but to be honest it was just okay for me. I once again went into this book with high expectations as I did with Princ ...more
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