Title: King of Thorns | Series: The Broken Empire #2 | Author: Mark Lawrence | Publisher: Harper Voyager | Publication date: April 25th 2013 | Num. Pages: 597 | Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Post-Apocolyptic
5 stars – Absolutely outstanding Post-Apocolyptic tale of the things people do for love – even if it’s the wrong kind
To reach greatness you must step on bodies. I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…
A six nation army marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a shining hero determined to 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…
I literally have no idea where to start this review because I feel like no matter what I say, it just will not do King of Thorns the justice it deserves. This was only my second Mark Lawrence novel and no word of a lie, I have every other book he’s written to date so I can devour them when I get a chance to sit still and just veg. The Broken Empire trilogy is and must-read veg-out book series!
It continues on the tale of Honourous Jorg Ancrath – now King Jorg, King of Renar – in his relentless pursuit of “what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine” and his ever darkening abilities.
Prince of Thorns was dark in its own right but King brings so much more to the table – marriages, births, deaths, freaky deaky necromantic ghosts.
Jorg continues his trek across the empire and we meet a lot of new, previously unmet characters including never-before-seen family members and a crotchety Ghost.
The writing style remained the same, just this side of unbelievably perfect – though on the odd occasion it was sometimes difficult to tell which time period we were in (wedding day or four years earlier) it was very, very rare and the story telling was like no other.
In the previous book, Jorg gave a neat little description of each Brother in turn per chapter and this was continued on in this book with snippets of Jorg’s opinions of his Brothers-in-arms which gave a nice touch of humour to the overall darkness of the book. Another part that I loved was below:
In the deepest part of the dungeons under layers of filth an ancient plaque declares ‘No Overnight Parking’. Even when the Builders’ words make sense alone they hold no meaning together.
I’ve had this feeling throughout that the world that Jorg lives in is an older – much older – version of ours. There’s been the odd snippet that rings of now but then, if that makes sense. It’s epically done nonetheless.
One character who I’ve hated throughout the series so far is Sageous the dream witch- he’s evil incarnate and there are many a time that I wished to see him dead or at the very least maimed a lot. It was good to hear what happened in the end even though there was an awful lot of (in my opinion) unnecessary deaths but they were needed to allow the story to progress.
In all, it was an outstanding piece of post-apocolyptic Fiction that draws you in for more from the beginning. Highly recommended.