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Book Review: King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence (2012). 


The second novel of the Broken Empire Series has been an amazing journey with Honerous Jorg Ancrath, as he grows older still through to manhood. Mark Lawrence has written an amazing story that constantly surprises the reader giving an epitome of emotional reactions. I found myself laughing hysterically at many comical scenes, stunned and Jorg’s nerve and courage, shocked by his decisions and plans and amazed at the whole book in general. Jorg Ancrath sure has one harrowing tale to tell.

The novel itself flashes back to 4 years earlier and then back again just as it did with the previous novel, but this time instead of filling in the gaps of Jorg’s childhood, it fills in the gaps from the first book during his teenage years. Much of which has been kept hidden, from himself included. Locked away in a small box he keeps hidden at his hip. In this way he is able to keep his plans hidden from the dream sorcerers.  

With strange powers at play behind the scenes which Jorg finds himself slowly unraveling, we learn from Katherine’s Journal about other evils which the “hidden hands” playing the game of thrones has done. She tells of how she herself an those surrounding her have been used as pawns in this invisible game, and she begins to learn how to achieve a sort of dream sorcery herself. 

My favourite parts of the book have to be the battle and fight scenes. Mark Lawrence has done a superb job with describing the fights and war and gore of it all. Jorg can almost be compared to a cat in that he seems to survive the most unbelievable circumstances and come out on top. There really is a magic in the words! 

Overall I have most definitely enjoyed reading King of Thorns and following Jorg Ancrath. I would recommend this novel to young adults and up and I recommend it as a must read for anyone who enjoyed the Game of Thrones series. However I believe Mark Lawrence has taken it even further and is in a league of his own. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars. 

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Book Review: Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence (2011).


Prince of Thorns has been an amazing whirlwind adventure, games of chance, and total madness! It’s been a thrilling opening novel to a series that is set to bring further mayhem and destruction to an already war ridden land where 100 kings and their bloodlines fought to become emperor. Jorge, honourable Prince of Ancrath, is set to be the first man to succeed.

This thrilling tale follows Jorge through his adventures from his torturous youth, to the present mayhem of teenage hood. As an adult King Jorge is set to become formidable. With his band of “brothers” Jorge sets off after the death of his mother and brother, at the ripe old age of 9, causing havoc amongst the lands with his main target the murderer lord Renar his overall game end. However, Jorge doesn’t accomplish his tasks single handed, there are many memorable characters, such as Sir Makin, and some of whom are felled along the way such as the Nuban.

Jorge manages the impossible along his journey, defeating his foes in ways that are surprising and unique, and I found myself glued to each page. There is a surprising likeness to Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, with the obvious “game of thrones” being played as an underlying storyline to the main plot. But no matter the similarities, Prince of Thorns remains unique in plot and framework, and the story itself feels much more “raw”, for lack of a better term!

Overall I have to admit to loving this novel and first of The Broken Empire series. I would recommend this novel to adults who enjoy the secrecy, plotting and battle that royal families play to remain or gain the throne. I have given this book a rating of 9/10 stars and I can’t wait to read the following title.

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