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Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2014
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“Drop whatever else you’re reading and start the Broken Empire trilogy...[Emperor of Thorns] is told in a vivid prose filled with profound reflection and brilliant metaphor. Every sentence is carefully crafted, a work of art and a pleasure to read.”—Peter V. Brett, international bestselling author
“Simply said, The Broken Empire is a brilliantly written series. Every sentence is just a pure joy to read and carefully crafted. Numerous words like wordsmith and modern fantasy poet spring to mind but you should just find it out for yourself. A perfect ending to a brilliant trilogy and an unpredictable, ruthless and poetic literary masterwork of a great mind.”—Fantasy Book Review
“A conclusion that is not only emotional and satisfying, but clever and unexpected, a fascinating twist within the concept of the narrative...Mark Lawrence has written a brilliant and enthralling tale—a trilogy that has gripped from the first scene to the very last.”—Starburst Magazine
“Lawrence ends his majestically epic and magical post-apocalyptic trilogy like it started: with bloody yet beautiful prose. He unwraps more clues to the past with dialogue that chills and characters you’d not want to meet in nightmares, where heroes are dark and evil fiends darkest of all. This book will go down as one of the best ever. Bravo!”—RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Mark Lawrence is a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments. At one point, he was qualified to say, “This isn’t rocket science—oh wait, it actually is.” He is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, and Emperor of Thorns), the Red Queen’s War trilogy (Prince of Fools, The Liar’s Key, and The Wheel of Osheim) and the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Sister).
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Ugh... Where to begin...
If you’ve read my reviews thus far, you’ll know Jorg is by far one of the most complicated characters I’ve ever read; a character that can pull just about every emotion from me. I think this book gave us the most insight into Jorg’s growth, and it shows us even more reasons why he ended up the way he did. It was heart breaking to read about, and after the scene in the abby, I had to put it down and take a moment to collect myself. Lawrence’s ability to convey Jorg’s feelings so simply has more impact than I could ever convey.
I have one complaint, and it’s minimal. This book felt a tinsy bit more descriptive than the other books. Or maybe I was just impatient to know what happened. I especially noticed this when they arrived at the emperor’s palace. Again, for those of you who haven’t read my other reviews, I’m not a fan of description so it’s very easy for my mind to wander during those sections.
My only disappointment came from Miana. I’d hoped to get to know her better, but both Katherine and Miana took a back seat in this book, whereas in book 2 they felt more important. I think Jorg stole the show, and since I’ve grown so attached to him, I ended up being fine with this while reading, but upon reflection I would have liked more time with the girls.
The world turned out to be extremely interesting, in my opinion. Things just seemed to start clicking into place as I read. I learned new stuff, got a few answers, and ended up with new questions that were never answered. Fine by me. I like a bit of mystery, and this book let the mind speculate. For a reader who becomes bored with a lot of world building, I must say I finally found a book that actually made me curious about the world. I didn’t just enjoy it. I didn’t just settle into it. I thought about. I listened and wanted to learn. That’s a huge accomplishment on Lawrence’s part.
I became a bit bored during the sections with Chella, but that’s because I had grown so fond of Jorg’s PoV that I wanted to be there all the time. There’s nothing to fault in it, and it was important.
Once again I found Lawrence’s writing to be stunning, and I think each book jumped to a new level, pulling me under and never letting me go. It’s a damn hard book to put down. It makes one think. It makes one feel. And, for me, it made me cry. It came down to how brilliantly Lawrence weaved a sentence and how engaging his characters were, even if they weren’t the saints we’re used to reading about.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to everyone I know, but sadly, I don’t think everyone would look at it the way it was meant to be seen. I know my mother wouldn’t. But my sister would. So I’ll talk it up to those I think would love it, and will think about it for years to come. It definitely gets under ones skin.
King Jorg continues on his quest to be Emperor. He takes down his enemies and anyone in his way. Yet, he's grown and matured. His past continues to haunt him and he finally is able to confront his truth. The truth is no matter how many successes he achieves, his conscience will never clear until he's able to redeem his failure to save his little brother. This fact isn't immediately apparent to King Jorg but he comes to this conclusion late in the book.
The Dead King remains in pursuit of the realm and King Jorg must stop the rising dead. He eventually learns what he must do to win, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice and forfeiting what's dear to him.
In the end, King Jorg becomes an honorable man. He shows us that no matter how far one goes in life, the scars that tend to bind our hearts are the ones received in early years. King Jorg can rule the world but until he redeems himself for his choices, where he feels he chose a cowardice's path, he will never find inner peace. So he makes a final decision, for the life of his son, his friends, his kingdom and for the ghosts of his past.
We see a boy go from being a tyrant, to an infallible ruler who despite his arbitrary and difficult nature, was really a brave, good man plagued with torment. He does find peace.
Excellent story of a boy's rise to power and what he does with it in the end. Bravo!
The main character, Jorg, is unpredictable, enigmatic, and unhinged. From the get-go, he's a measly tween leading a group of cutthroat bandits. He commits despicable acts, and kills without thought, but that somehow adds to his charm.
Jorg is by far the most entertaining character I've ever read. He is strangely charming: you can't help but cheer him on, though your conscience tells you not to. His cynical descriptions, and homicidal urges make you laugh and cringe in turn. Nearly all of his decisions are shocking, bordering on suicidal, and wonderful to read. He's a character I'll love forever, not because he is good or right, but because he's unforgettable.
Jorg is utterly charming, though it's hard to say exactly why. Perhaps because he holds no delusions about his wickedness. Perhaps because he is so unpredictable. Perhaps because he always seems to be in charge. Most likely it is simply because his thoughts are written so well. The book is laced with dark humor, and terrible insight into human nature. The characters that unfold around Jorg are as corrupted as he is, and just as entertaining.
Jorg's world is awesome: unique and fascinating. It's not the typical medieval setting you signed up for, but so much better.
I recommend this to everyone. It's refreshing, and beautifully written: every page makes you gasp with delight or horror, and leaves you aching for more. The Broken Empire trilogy is wonderful, unforgettable, and worth every minute of your time. 10/10
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