Next up for review we have King of Thorns.
About the book:
The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition.
To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…
The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.
A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.
Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.
About the author:
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.
After the stunning debut book, Prince of Thorns, Mr. Lawrence gives us the second book of the Broken Empire trilogy, King of Thorns. I was not sure how this book would stand up to the first book that I absolutely fell in love with. I some how found myself loving this book even more! Mr. Lawrence’s poetic prose in his story telling, Jorg along with all the other strong characters, and the Fantasy/Sci-Fi worldbuilding are all in this book as well. An added bonus for me was the addition of the Norse/Viking elements to the story. I have always been a sucker for anything Norse or Viking. Overall a fantastic follow up that eclipses the first book as my new favorite. Cannot wait for the final book, Emperor of Thorns. Do yourself a favor and go out and get all these books, you won’t be disappointed!
Tomorrow I will continue Mark Lawrence week with my review of Emperor of Thorns.
Thank You, James mightythorjrs – Fantasy/Sci-Fi review.