Series: The Broken Empire #1
by Mark Lawrence
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Published by Penguin
on August 2, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Dark Fantasy, Action & Adventure
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Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence is the first book in The Broken Empire trilogy. It is a Dark Fantasy set in the medieval times.
Prince of Thorn Summary
At 9 Jorg watched his mother and brother murdered by a by the Count of Renar’s men. Angry at the world and his father for not avenging his mother’s death. Jord ran from the castle and found a group of raiders that call themselves Brothers. His first step to achieve his goal of getting revenge.
At 13 Jord was the leader of the Brothers. Being ruthless he has earned respect or fear from grown men. He leads the group of raiders into villages to steal, murder, and burn it down without remorse. He has now become the predator instead of the prey.
At 14 Jord decided that its time to go back home and claim what is rightfully his. But the King has already moved on with a new wife and a baby heir. Jord knows that his father won’t welcome him back and it’s going to be a fight to claim his place. But Jorg is ready to play the game of thrones and feels he is the superior player.
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Prince of Thorns Review
A few opening thoughts. This is told from a 14-year-old boy’s perspective. If you think about a 14-year-old boy, it’s not going to be a well-rounded person because they haven’t really lived. Boys this age are self-centered simple-minded creatures, at least my son. So maybe to better enjoy this book read it with that kind of lens. Or not, you do you, homie.
Jorg is a revenge-seeking bloodthirsty psychopath with no moral compass. Life and death is a game of chess with almost zero emotional attachment when he feels he has to “sacrifice” a life to win the game. I honestly really liked it. It kept me on the edge not knowing who was going to live and who was going to die. He is a very simple one track character, but to me, it worked considering his life experiences up until this point.
I also felt like Jorg got out of situation kind of like Captain Jack Sparrow. Some of it was skill, some of it was planning, most of it was opportunity and luck. But it is super entertaining! It made it hard to put the book down.
The story also goes back and forth between present Jorg and 9-year-old Jorg. This was done really well. Sometimes when an author does this I find it annoying because they are trying to create suspense or leave you at a mini cliff hanger before you switch. It makes it hard to care about the flashback or this new point of view. But I felt both perspectives were interesting and held my attention.
I really liked this story. Like I said before, I couldn’t put it down. I find it fun to step into a dark perspective. Where there aren’t clear lines for good vs evil. I really wanted him to seek revenge and accomplish it. But also felted that he was extremely arrogant and wanted him to eat a piece of humble pie. Either way, I needed to know what happened.
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