King of Thorns

King of Thorns 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 wa

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 loThe 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 lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds Every omen says he will Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands But King Jorg is not a good king.Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight But playing fair was never part of Jorg s game plan.

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  1. 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, physically and [...]

  2. STOP PRESS Six death scenes cut from the book mark lawrenceMy 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 way to write a fantasy book, though those who read literary fiction will be used to seeing a narrative flex its muscles in imaginati [...]

  3. 2.5 5 StarsA 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, th [...]

  4. 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 Thorns I must [...]

  5. Unpopular opinion time 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 with such h [...]

  6. 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 empire and g [...]

  7. 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 Prophecies see you rot in He [...]

  8. 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, so many meanings [...]

  9. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews__________________________________________2015 UPDATE AFTER FINISHING THE TRILOGYIn 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 Lawrence.___ [...]

  10. 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, I d be King Pr [...]

  11. 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 th [...]

  12. 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 with [...]

  13. 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 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, and from th [...]

  14. 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 Lawren [...]

  15. 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 which [...]

  16. The most interesting thing I took away from this book was that I started to like Jorg, albeit just a bit, 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 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 of others in [...]

  17. 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 Brothers , tha [...]

  18. I don t want to be harsh and all, but all I can say of King of Thorns would be that it wasfuckingboring 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 and character [...]

  19. Le cambio la puntuaci n a cinco estrellas porque se lo merece Tiene sus errores, cosas que no me convencen, pero este libro es fascinante Arrod llense ante Jorg Ancrath o ver n perder todo lo que aman

  20. Well, I m pleased to say that I am pleasantly surprised at my feelings towards this book Upon first reading I didn t much care for it at all I didn t like Jorg, I didn t care for his brothers and I got overly confused by the different timelines in this book Couple that with my tendency to read rather quickly and I was left rather underwhelmed 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 feel like [...]

  21. This second book in the Broken Empire series was of a similar quality to the first Which means it was pretty good The StoryThis 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 Jorg Ancr [...]

  22. 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 writ [...]

  23. 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 [...]

  24. This was really good I loved that there were mainly two different storylines in different times four years ago and wedding day Also, since Jorg himself did not know his own plan and what happened in the past we got to figure it out together I am surprised that I like Jorg He really comes off as the villain most of the time but still I feel sorry for him and also really want him to win the war and become Emperor In any case, now I need to get my hands on the third book cause I am curious to see h [...]

  25. San r m kimse benim kadar sevemeyecek bu seriyi lk kitab ok be enmi tim ama ne yalan s yleyeyim ikinci kitab n yan nda hi bir eymi Neredeyse lk kitapta d nyay anlam yorsunuz Bir ok yorum g rd m epik fantastik bir kitapta bu k lt r kal nt lar nedir b yle diye T kmen k l c , ran hal s , Yunan tanr lar vs Size sadece tahmin etme olana b raksa da bu ikinci kitapta neredeyse her eyi a kl yor Hem de m thi diyaloglarla.Ger ekli i rotas belli bir gemi gibi d n, d meni evrensel sabitlerle belli bir yere [...]

  26. King Jorg somehow finds a way to make you root for him as a reader despite his brutality He is bold, rash, relentless, ruthless and shameless in pursuit of power and vengeance I love falling in love with the characters and King Jorg Ancrath I have to say it only got better in the second installment and now on to the next book.

  27. 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 complex, lay [...]

  28. Argh this review got deleted Sorry to repost guys.3.5 5 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 Prince of Thorns and once a [...]

  29. 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 the n [...]

  30. I liked this one even than the first There are a lot of surprises as the world gets and flushed out Jorg is a unique character, and the end is great when you find out what s going on inside him, and how Katherine and Sageous fit into it and how he s poised to live the next phase of his life I can t wait to finish the series.My only complaint is that it felt a little disjointed at times, with about half of it being a flashback, and half being Jorg s present day I think it was important to the [...]

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