Emperor of Thorns
To reach the throne requires that a man journey. Even a path paved with good intentions can lead to hell, and my intentions were never good.
The Hundred converge for Congression to politic upon the corpse of Empire, and while they talk the Dead King makes his move, and I make mine. The world is cracked, time has ...more
Upon the realisation that his son would never be safe, Jorg died to reunite with William (the Dead King). From the depths of the afterlife, he used his knowledge of how belief shapes the world to shift reality back to where it was meant to be by turning the wheel. The wheel itself was just a manifestation of belief, and could have been anything.
This was only possible by the Ancrath brothers, as foretold in Fexler's prophecy. So now, they averted the other two shitty options, and put reality back to the way we know of it today.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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In case you're wondering which book in the trilogy people liked best - here's the result of a poll on the subject:
If you've read The Red Queen's War trilogy, the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, and the Impossible T ...more
Emperor of Thorns marks the conclusion of The Broken Empire trilogy and I must say, despite my lukewarm and dislike towards the first and second book, I end up enjoying the last book in the trilogy more than I expected.
Jorg, now 20 years old, is on his way to become the Emperor of the Broken Empire but there’s a looming threat that’s coming for him and the Broken Empire itself, the Dead King. EoT managed to wrap the main storyline wonderfully, the entire climax of the trilogy between ...more
I've written about Mark Lawrence before. I reviewed the first book in this series, Prince of Thorns, on my blog a couple years ago. I enjoyed it so much I happily offered quotes to Mark's publishers to be used on the second volume, King of Thorns, even before I'd had a chance to read it. I secured an advance copy of KoT, but again was too bus ...more
1. Single-mindedly takes the world by storm.
2. Spreads his wit (among other things, blood and guts included).
3. Flips everything on its head, traditions, magic, you name it.
4. Encourages blasphemy and the slaughter of innocents.
5. Will stop at nothing to reach his goals of claiming the title of Emperor.
1. Single-mindedly takes the fantasy world by storm.
2. Sprea ...more
"If i come back from Congression and I'm still not Emperor, I'm not going to be in the mood for excuses."
Emperor of Thorns, just like it's predecessors, is featuring two different POVs of the same character. One in the past, covering the time period between the events of the second and third book, while the other, in the present, is following Jorg's tale in the path of conquering and uniting the Broken Em ...more
Prince of Thorns was a seminal work in the fantasy genre. Jorg Ancrath a sociopathic protagonist who became both loved and reviled — seemingly in equal measure. The cry for “More Thorns!” overpowering. Quickly, Mark Lawrence turned Thorn‘s into an epic trilogy; a rousing tale of madness, mayhem, machinations, and meditations on the human condition. And with this final volume, the author has gifted readers with a fitting conclusion, remaining true to ...more
Jorg of Ancrath, the Prince of Thorns, the boy who would be emperor, is back at long last. Our maliciously fascinating antihero is finally on his way to the holy city of Vyene. Escorted by the legendary Gilden Guard, Jorg is ready to make his way to Congression, the gathering of all the Hundred taking place every four years where they come together in the emperor’s palace to choose who among them shall take up the ever vacant throne of the Broken Emp ...more
Now I know I’m arguing against the tide, Mark Lawrence is one of the leading names in grimdark fantasy. He has done exceptionally well for himself. I just don’t get on with the way he writes. I hate the way he puts words together and I hate his characters. His stories just don’t work for me. And I’m not going to attempt to objectify my opinion here and talk about literary quality. I am happy to say that it is my ...more
I am completely blown away. What a great ending to a great series!
Jorg is on his way to Congression knowing he must become Emperor and unite the Hundred against the Dead King. Jorg knows that only united will they be able to stand against him.
As with the other books in the series, the author bounces between several time periods to tell this story. The process creates a captivating world dominated with strong characters you can't help but enjoy. Jorg more than any other shines. I was never sure i...more
Every four years members of The 100 meet in the holy city of Vyene, the heart of the Broken Empire, to vote. For over a century that vote has ended without anyone having the majority needed to claim the title of emperor. This time Honorous Jorg Ancrath is determined to see a different outcome. Jor ...more
My journey with this trilogy was rough. I enjoyed the first novel very much, but the second left a bitter taste in my mouth. ...more
Good and thought provoking book and a fitting ending to trilogy, although it didn’t blow my mind the way King of Thorns did. Whilst I enjoyed the story for the most part (except the gruesome bits) I fo ...more
Sure, he's a right bastard and he'll never mince words when the sword of the blade will do the job quicker, but beyond that, he's all about RESULTS. He never takes half-measures. Whether it's about living life, saving people, or murdering ANYONE who gets in his way, be they loyal or antagonistic, he never, ever, takes half-measures.
I admit I love that a ...more
By roadblock I mean "giant choking lump in my throat every time I think about this series"...
Weird, given it isn't some navel-gazing, chic-lit, sob story, wah-wah examination of the world focussing on how we could and should be better humans. In fact, it's gory, unapologetic and painful. Sometimes even sickening. But th ...more
A multitude of well developed, twisted and unique characters is what, in part, makes this series so interesting.
We start our journey among a bloody brotherhood of the road, dumbfounded by disturbingly crude and grim narration of their atrocities, committed with unsettling triviality. LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN.
(I've noticed a lot of readers complaining about the "unnecessary and extreme" violence of ...more
“A stunning conclusion to the Broken Empire Trilogy. Easily one of the best books of 2013 – and a book that’s well worth the wait.” ~The Founding Fields
If I had to make a most anticipated list of Novels coming out this year, Emperor of Thorns would be in the Top 5, there’s no question about it. Mark Lawrence really impressed me with the first two books in the trilogy, both of which I own in hardback – so that I knew that Emperor of Thorns ...more
I'm going to tell a story instead.
When I was sent a DM over twitter ask ...more
I don’t know why but for some reason, I just couldn’t really get into this book, which is a shame because I really liked the 2 previous books in the trilogy. Even though more things were supposed to happen, it just seemed a bit bleh to me…
I started reading it a couple months ago, but couldn’t ...more
For all you Jorg haters out there, that one line, that simple declaration, sums up The Broken Empire better than anything I might be able to coax from my tired brain. Yes, for the second night in a row, a book has gotten its hooks into me and demanded I stay up far too late reading the final 200 pages. Fortunately, Emperor of Thorns delivered in almost every respect, defiantly answering my every conflicting emotion resulting from its predecessor, Kin ...more
Thank you Mark Lawrence, for one GLORIOUS trilogy. I'm absolutely confident that had the books weren't dark enough to diminish their audience, they were as popular as other awesome "mainstream" series (Sanderson's, Rothfuss's, Lynch's, etc.)
The biggest non-spoiler question in these books is: how in hell do we get to root (and dare I say, love) for Jorg's success? That awful murderer, rapist, monster.
“It's what I am, and i ...more
I still love that ending, although it confuses the hell out of me. While reading I never had the feeling I actually understood everything. I still like the characters and their development, I like the way the story continues and ends in this and I love the way the story is told from different timelines.
I recommend reading this if you enjoy reading about the more antagonistic and fearsome characters :) ...more
"Perhaps I just wanted to know what it was that I wanted. Maybe that is all that growing up means."
"Nothing can be cut away without loss. Even the worst of our memories is part of the foundation that keeps us in the world." ...more
As with the previous books in the series this one was driven by the protagonist Jorg. I wouldn't call him my "favourite" fantasy protagonist in terms of wanting to be mates with him but he was undoubtedly one of the m ...more
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