King of Thorns PDF 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 King Jorg celebrates his wedding day but all is not auspicious: the Prince of Arrow has surrounded the Haunt with thousands of men. On his way to becoming emperor, the prince will defeat all and any in his path - and Jorg is in the way. Jorg has a necromantic power he does not want, a mysterious copper box he fears to open, and a ghost who haunts him in private moments. His new, determined wife is an intriguing addition to the mix - young but fearsome - and Katherine has her own, most welcome point of view. Chella the necromancer appears again, and new characters are added, both allies and enemies. King of Thorns, like Prince of Thorns, is a tale told on many levels. First, the battle plays out in breathless action and presents a series of strategic puzzles to be solved. Second, the pages of Katherine's diary, which are found blowing through the mountain valleys, are similarly scattered throughout the book. Third, intense flashbacks bring Jorg in contact with his family and new allies. Told in Lawrence's trademark, lush prose, and never ceasing to surprise, King of Thorns pushes young Jorg ever more towards adulthood. I strongly recommend this book.
"King of Thorns" is the second book in Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy. The first one featured a bloodthirsty teenager, Jorg, who seeks revenge in a distant future earth destroyed by weapons of mass destruction. In this book, Jorg's tale is about defending his lands from a prince who was prophesied to be the emperor. A man far better than Jorg, a man with more soldiers than Jorg, a man who is a better fighter than Jorg. A man, who will let Jorg and his people live if he just surrenders and open his gates. You can guess if Jorg
opened his gates or not. I found the first book to be quite simple, in a way. It was dark, gritty and fun but you always felt that the author didn't reveal much information. Here, he takes the worldbuilding to the next level and it is just stunning.(You get a better map as well.) This novel is far more complex in its structure too. While the first book featured flashbacks in between, those flashbacks did not impact the "real time" story too much. Here, the flashbacks serve as explanations to what happens in "real time". This structure takes some getting used to but is very rewarding at the end. Ah, the ending. Some might say it was a kind of "dues ex machina" but there is no question that it has you asking for more. And that leaves us with Jorg. I found him a little tamed down compared to the first novel. He is maturing. He thinks twice about doing outlandish things. But what makes this novel great is that he does them anyway. He may not be to everyone's liking. But his story is just great fun. Highly recommended.
This book is really good. Really good. What I loved most about it is the way Jorg develops. In Prince of Thorns, he was mostly a dark little monster, revelling in the evil of his actions. In King of Thorns, however, he's becoming a better person in spite of himself. What makes this even better is that he doesn't mind that he's becoming a better person, but nor is he deliberately trying to improve himself. His progression from monster to slightly-less-of-a-monster seems to happen organically as he grows older and matures, and realises that if he wants to get anywhere in the very complex world, just being evil isn't going to be enough. That said, he still does plenty of bad stuff, and it makes for the same gleeful reading as the first book. Another feature I particularly like is that at no point does this book fall into the "Book 2 trap". King of Thorns knows exactly what kind of book it wants to be, it's clearly telling its own story, and while it does bridge between book 1 and 3, it has so much to offer on its own terms that being the middle book doesn't devalue it at all. So as I said at the start, this book is really good. Go read it.
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