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.