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It’s been four years since Prince Jorg avenged his mother’s death by killing his uncle and taking his throne. In that time, the young prince has matured mentally and physically and has prepared his small mountain kingdom for war. Opening with the arrival of an army of more than 20,000 soldiers and Jorg’s hasty wedding to a young princess, the novel is split between the war in the present and lengthy flashbacks to earlier years; the source of the flashbacks is a mysterious copper box that Jorg keeps with him at all times. The box, which holds the king’s memories, is designed to keep his past safe from his dream-walking enemies. Lawrence masterfully builds tension here, using the few frantic days of battle as the framework for his larger story. Readers who first met Jorg in Prince of Thorns (2011) will cheer for the return of one of fantasy’s most violent, yet strangely likable, antiheroes, and those new to his story will find it easy enough to start here (but they will be eager to jump back to book 1). Set hundreds of years in the future after a disaster ended the time of the Builders, this is epic fantasy only lightly touched by science fiction, and the combination of dark fantasy, male characters, and plenty of violence makes it a perfect read-alike for fans of Brent Weeks and Joe Abercrombie. --Jessica Moyer
"Definitely a series that will hit with a bang."
"Mark Lawrence's wonderful prose is vivid without being flowery, succinct without being plain. He pulls you in and doesn't let go."
New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett
The thing about King of Thorns is that it's better than a middle book should be-in that it's written with the acute certainty of its destination that makes it as satisfying as the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Michael G. Mclendon
Jorg the master of darkness and escape has again faced the challenges from within and without to continue on his quest. He is a fascinating character. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
King of Thorns is the third book I have read by Mark Lawrence. He does not disappoint. The King of Thorns is the second book in his Broken Empire trilogy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aw
Fast moving, engaging, pulpy, and gritty. While I do enjoy the slower fantasy from authors like Robin Hobb, this book and series in general is a refreshing shift toward fast paced... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Marcinek
I'm devastated that book 3 is the last!!!!! This story could (&SHOULD) go on ad infinitum!Published 2 months ago by stephen r. wise
This book is amazing. I didn't know it would be possible to top the first one, but Mark Lawrence really made it more exciting and also kept the gritty universe that I've come to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Incredible read full of full yet fractured characters. Jorg's single-minded pursuit is tempered by brief moments of clarity that remind us all he's human. Highly recommended!Published 2 months ago by MR M A BUNDRED