King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – Review

Posted May 30, 2020 by Tina in Book Review, Books / 0 Comments

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King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – ReviewKing of Thorns
Series: The Broken Empire #2
by Mark Lawrence
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Published by Penguin
on 2013
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic
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King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence is the second book in The Broken Empire Series. It is an action-adventure dark fantasy story. King of Thors is not a stand-alone book you do need to read the first book Prince of Thorns. Check out my review here.

King of Thorns Summary

We start off with Jorg 4 years after we last saw him in Prince of Thorns. With the Prince of Arrow and his army of 20,000 men surrounding the Haunt gearing up for battle. Prince Arrow wanted Jorg’s kingdom to add to Arrow’s already conquered collection on his campaign of becoming Emperor and ending the Hundred War. But first, there is a bride waiting for Jorg to make a queen. The last 4 years of kingdom-hood experience to reflect on. Jorg’s going to have to pull off an elaborate plan with every ounce of luck on his side because Arrows men outnumber his 20 to 1.

The story is a telling of the battle between Jorg and Prince Arrow and flashbacks of 4 years earlier right after taking his uncle’s kingdom.

King of Thorns Review


If you didn’t like Jorg in the Prince of Thorns you might like him in King of Thorns. Jorg is extremely entertaining to me. He is still an unlikeable arrogant kid. But I can’t help but love him. He is a lot more layered in this book. He has grown up some, and we get to see the experiences that change him to who he is in the present day.

We also get some new characters and rivals like the prince of Arrow who is the opposite of Jorg. Arrow cares for the well being of the people, is well mannered, and pretty. Ferrakind is another antagonist who helps to up the fantasy level of the series.


I like Mark Lawrence’s writing style when it comes to world-building. It’s enough that you get a full picture, but not overly descriptive or info-dumpy. The battle was intense and brutal and always moving. I’ve said this before battle scenes are not my favorite. They get so mundane with just sword fighting. But this was broken up with planned elaborate events to even the score which is pretty entertaining. Mark Lawrence also raised the fantasy magical stakes as well.


Prince of Thorns Book Cover Book Review image

So you go back and forth between current day Jorg fighting the battle against the Prince of Arrow. And past Jorg 4 years earlier. What I don’t love is the back and forth but that is just a personal preference.

I do love good dialog and Mark Lawrence does not disappoint! If there will be one reason why I will come back to Mark Lawrence books its because he knows how to write the dialog I love to read.


At first I was a little disappointed that this was a tamer less impulsive Jorg. But characters should grow. But I was happy with the end result. I still loved that Jorg gets himself in impossible situations, most of the time due to his arrogance. I guess the evolving Jorg character with the arrogant witty dialog keeps me coming back.


There is one logical thing but I’ll discuss it in the Reading Diary due to spoiler material.


Love it. 5/5 stars. I can’t wait to read Emperor of Thorns. This will definitely be one of those series I will re-read. It will be interesting to see what else I pick up once I am reading for detail and not to see what happens.

Reading Dairy

My thoughts while reading the book. I would not recommend reading this section if you have not read the book yet! There are SPOILERS!

Not super sure if this is a spoiler or not so I’m putting it here. But I love how the prologue is the ending. That first little part totally sucked me in. As soon as I read it I needed to know how he got Katherine’s diary pages, why were they burning, what’s going on. I love it when stories lead with the end but you don’t know it yet. It just sets a great tone for me.

I didn’t really do a diary. I read it so fast that I didn’t stop to reflect. But there was one issue I had a problem with. Or maybe I missed something. But I felt the gun came out of nowhere. The first time he asks about guns is with Fexler Brews but there is nothing leading up to their assistance. It just seems too convenient for me.

Have you read King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence? What did you think? Comment below.

The Broken Empire Series Reading Order

About Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.

Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

Posted May 30, 2020 by Tina in Book Review, Books / 0 Comments