- File Size: 368 KB
- Print Length: 289 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008221383
- Publication Date: November 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0767LSWST
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Road Brothers, Tales from the Broken Empire Kindle Edition
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Well, in this collection, Mr. Lawrence gives fans exactly what they have been craving: a closer look at Jorg’s “road brothers.” Here the curtain is pulled back on Makin, Red Kent, Rike, The Nuban, Gorgoth, and even Father Gomst. Each individual getting to air, at least, some of their hidden secrets for everyone’s reading pleasure.
It all starts with “A Rescue,” where Makin takes center stage. The tragic lose of his family at the hands of marauding knights is touched upon, used to explain why the jovial, beloved Makin of the past no longer exists, replaced by a bitter, vengeful man whose presence makes everyone uncomfortable. And when he becomes a soldier to King Olidan and helps avert a fiery end to young Jorg, the future seems set, especially as he foresees his own role in helping the young prince grow to manhood.
“Sleeping Beauty” is a Jorg centered tale, which I have previously enjoyed and reviewed separately on Amazon.
“Bad Seed” chronicles the poignant yet grievous tale of Alann Oak. This youth committing a horrible crime at a tender age; the act haunting him his whole life, even as he tries to forgive himself for it, deny his baser nature and live a peaceful life as a farmer, husband, and father. Something he seems to be successful in doing until fickle fate destroys it, turning him into Red Kent.
“The Nature of the Beast” takes a closer look at Sabitha the witch and her interactions with and observations of Rike, as he and his road brothers pillage her village. Naturally, a witches curse is involved.
“Select Mode” finds Jorg and the Nuban as prisoners of brigands. Their captors driving them toward “the arc” where they will be judged worthy or unworthy to join this band of “Select.” Broken remnants of the Builders technology play a major role here, as an ancient message is mistaken for something much more divine.
“Mercy” sees Mr. Lawrence returning to Makin. Now, his quest for vengeance upon his family’s murderers takes center stage. A woman named Ellen is his co-conspirator, while the terrified Gorlan is the cowed youth, who attempts to negotiate his own survival. And during the three’s conversations, Makin’s desire for justice through vengeance becomes very clear.
In “A Good Name,” readers finally get a glimpse at the Nuban’s mysterious past. The how and why of his presence in the Broken Empire is suggested, even as a special guest star (the father of Snorri from The Red Queen’s War) plays a major role in the Nuban’s growth into a man. All of it offering a logical reason why this warrior would go on to become somewhat of a mentor to the young Jorg.
“Choices” centers on the choices of Gorgoth. This enigmatic monster of a man risking all to save his family from the dangerous, toxic depths of their mountain home. The whole story somewhat of a morality play, as Gorgoth wishes to be a good person in a harsh world — even if he might be selling his soul to the devil to accomplish what he believes is right.
With “The Secret,” Mr. Lawrence takes his storytelling to new heights. This tale within a tale mesmerizing in its pacing and progression; the narrator slowly weaving his story of betrayal and assassination to a bedazzled princess, who never sees the truth until it is too late.
“Know Thyself” ends this collection on a high note, as Father Gomst and his interaction with King Olidan’s two young sons is highlighted. Naturally, Jorg and his brother William steal the spotlight with their youthful viciousness, but Gomst’s feelings toward his old student is certainly put into a new light.
For me, short story collections work best if there is a narrative focus; a common thread which holds the separate pieces together, molding them into a coherent whole. And Road Brothers has exactly that quality. Each of these diverse tales highlighting the hidden past of these characters, exposing their personal travails, and grounding their actions in The Broken Empire into a realistic whole. All of which means that if you love Jorg and his story, then you will love this collection of tales, but if you hate the Ancrath prince and his road brothers, then these stories won’t change your mind about them at all.
In short, this book is amazing. The downside though? I've already read the books in the Jorg series. It has reached its conclusion, and there's no going back. Having a book show up with Jorg in it again is like having the ghost of my dead child show up to visit again, just in case I had forgotten how painful it was to lose them in the first place.
Damn you for writing so well Mark! Damn Jorg for being such a unique and compelling character!
The short stories were great, as usual for the author.
My problem is with the cost of the hardcover book. From the 18.00 plus price I expected a full normal length and sized hardcover book. I got a small book, with a few short stories that I managed to read in a night.
I find that to be wrong.
I love Mark Lawrence's books but this is a ridiculous price for what I received.
This is a fantastic collection of ten short stories set in Mark Lawrence’s magnificent Broken Empire world. For any fan yearning for more from this series, this will definitely do the trick. These are all fascinating studies of the characters within the series. It is wonderful to get some more insights into the characters and get some additional light shed on bits and pieces in the series. I do not recommend reading this series until you have finished the Broken Empire books, spoilers are everywhere, and everything makes more sense with the prior knowledge of reading the series.
This is yet another epic chapter in the finely crafted universe Mark has created. I really, really hope a print version is not to far off, I must have it for my collection!
As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.
5/5 STARS! - MightyThorJRS
Now I need to re-read The Broken Empire series, so very good!