Book Review: Sleeping Beauty (The Broken Empire, #2.5) by Mark Lawrence


Next up for review during Mark Lawrence week is the short story Sleeping Beauty.

About this Story:

This 10,000 word story covers a period between the end of the ‘early thread’ in Emperor of Thorns and the start of the ‘now’ thread in King of Thorns.
It’s really a bit of fun, prompted by a challenge from a reader to warp the tale of Sleeping Beauty around that of young Jorg Ancrath. I may have thrown another fairy tale or two into the mix…

I know this is available on Amazon for .99 , a steal!

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.


Another great story about a great character. I love him, I hate him, and that is Jorg. The Broken Empire universe is a wonderful thing. I did not know If I would like the, world ended 1100 years ago and the new world is in a medieval setting thing. I have to say I love it. Fantasy, and a little Sci-Fi. I would love to learn more of the “builders” technology. Maybe in some future stories? I have read that Mr. Lawrence plans on writing more short stories about Jorg’s “brothers”. I would be first in line with my money! Mr. Lawrence is a master! Thank You!

5/5 Stars

Check by tomorrow for more Mark Lawrence, I will review The Prince of Thorns!

Thanks everybody, James mightythorjrs – Fantasy/Sci-Fi review



  1. I just posted a review for Prince of Thorns. I must say I am happy to discover your blog! Great review. I love Mark Lawrence’s storytelling, the man is a master of his craft. It’s so original and different, but not absurd. It is not easy to pull this kind of thing off (with the scifi elements and all) and he did it masterfully. Hats off to Mr Lawrence indeed. However, I just started reading King of Thorns, without being aware of the Select Mode, should I read that one first then?

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    1. Hello, Thanks for taking a look at my blog! The short stories are stand alone, they don’t get involved with the story lines in the books. You should be safe to read them anytime, but I didn’t find them until I was done with all 3 books so maybe that is the way to go. Mr. Lawrence is a master! Great to hear from another fan! I will have to check out your review. Thanks again, James

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      1. Ah, ok then, when I see the numbers 1.5, 2.5 I was a bit worried about missing out on something. Great to hear! Mark Lawrence is not only such a fabulous author but he is a very nice person too. He features fan art pieces on his own blog and supports the artists. I am planning to draw some fan art featuring Jorg. I am lazy when it comes to fan art and the last piece of fan art I drew is form 2007 (go figure!) this series is so good, it actually made me want to grab the pencils and draw.

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      2. Yes the 1.5 and 2.5 are a little confusing. They are just a time frame for the stories. Yes Mr. Lawrence is very engaging with his fans on his blog, facebook, and twitter. Yes this series is very good and inspiring! You should do some fan art, I would love to see it! Thanks again!

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