King of Thorns Kindle Fire by Mark Lawrence
Click Here to Download 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.
Reviews In this second book of The Broken Empire series, Jorg Ancrath is now the king of Renar, the small highland kingdom once ruled by his uncle, the man who murdered Jorg's mother and brother. Like the first book, it switches between the present and four years previous. It also switches between Jorg's narrative and Katherine's journal. In the present, it is Jorg's wedding day to a woman he has never met. It is also the day he is to meet the Prince of Arrow on the battlefield. In the past, we learn what led to this day and hints at secrets so horrible, Jorg has had to have his mind stripped of memories or go mad with them. Now that Jorg has rid his head of outside influences (literally), he is developing a conscience, albeit a rudimentary one. Even he believes that the Prince would make a better, more compassionate Emperor. Still, he's Jorg and he wants what he wants and will fight for it with his new army and his remaining road brothers. Despite the fact that he is outnumbered, he has more than a few tricks up his sleeve and surrender is not an option. Jorg has to be the most likeable unlikeable anti-hero in all of fantasy. You know that Jorg is a rapist, a coldblooded killer and you know that the Prince of Arrow is the better man. Yet, it is hard not to root for Jorg. This says a lot about author Mark Lawrence's talents as a writer. Often, the middle book in a series is really just a setup for the end. Not so here. This story is so fast-paced, so full of twists, turns, and false trails that it will make you dizzy. Some reviewers have called Lawrence one of the best writers of fantasy fiction around and, after reading this book, it is easy to see why.
Jorg is always one step ahead of the reader, causing you to turn the pages faster and faster as you attempt to catch up to his plans. You always hope that the next page will reveal how he plans to win the battle, and when
it does, you smile at his daring and then get back to turning the pages for his next trick to be revealed. As the reader, you'll find yourself questioning whether you should be rooting for the brutal Jorg to win or the People's Champ to finally pull him down. Not for the faint of heart, this book continues the brutal/uncomfortable evilness of Jorg. While I found this fascinating, others might be uncomfortable rooting for Jorg to win. Again the book is a mix of present day and flashbacks. The flashbacks slowly reveal something so horrific that Jorg has done, that even he finds it monstrous. Will he or you as a reader ever be able to forgive him for his past actions? A classic dark fantasy series, I found this book even better than Prince of Thorns and would recommend for any fantasy fan.
I do not understand how this series has not soared and become the 'next big thing'. As I said in my previous review for the first installment 'Prince of Thorns', I am not one to review a book. Apologies to begin with for not being able to give this book exactly what it deserves. I noticed in the first book's reviews all the negativity for the main character's 'Darkness', well, in this 2nd book, you see him growing to become a man. He attempts to do what he sees as right, the world however continues to stack everything against him. In the end, it doesn't matter what you put against him, he will survive and do whatever necessary to do so. And honestly, Jorg isn't meant to be running through a field of flowers, dancing and singing. It's not who he is. But, I think if anyone was to go through what the character endured in his life, so early on, and in a world that is cruel, none of us would be. There is so much dark humor that I found myself literally laughing out loud. This book is a step up from the first and I didn't think that was possible. I've read so many fantasy/sci-fi novels and I can count on one hand, with fingers to spare, the authors that have the ability to pull you in and not let go like, Mark Lawrence. I didn't want the book to the end. I found myself empathizing with the character, who was so dark and disturbed in the first book of the series. I felt his pain and struggle throughout this book and watched him go from boy to man.
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