Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence
Ace Books, 2011. 324 pages. Fantasy

At the age of nine, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath was thrown from his carriage and forced to watch his uncle’s men slaughter his mother and younger brother. Since then Jorg has been driven by his need for revenge. When his father accepts paltry reparations and refuses to pursue the justice Jorg  craves, the boy runs away from home with a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By thirteen he’s leading the band across the countryside in destructive pillage, but it’s not enough. He wants his uncle dead. And now that he has a taste for power, he wants more. He wants to reclaim his birthright as Prince of Ancrath, and he wants to unite the Broken Empire and become the first supreme Emperor in hundreds of years. And you know what? He might just be ruthless enough to pull it off.

I’m not afraid to say that this is the single best fantasy book I have read since The Way of Kings. I was up until two in the morning reading the very first night I checked it out, and the pace didn’t let up from there. It was engaging, well-written, clever, and had enough character to balance the action. One thing to know before jumping in: this book is dark. Sex, swearing, violence--it’s all definitely in there. In my opinion, though, it’s worth it. I would highly recommend this to fans of Game of Thrones and to Sanderson fans who don’t mind a bit of adult content.


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