Book Reviews

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

My edition: Owned (Paperback)
Pages: 319
Series: The Broken Empire #1
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publish: August 2012 by Penguin Berkley Ace
Rating: 3.5-4 stars


Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.

From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.

Mark Lawrence’s debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.


This was not fully what I expected it to be. First of all, I didn’t like the writing style. Mostly because I have a hard time reading normally so when something is written Old English or a style like that my brain wants to short circuit. It’s kind of the reason I don’t read many epic or high fantasy.

Jorg… Jorg is a little evil shit. He is most definitely an antihero. He tortures, rapes, and kills on a whim or if he doesn’t like anyone. Gemt is a good example. This all happens by chapter 3. Oh did I mention he’s only fourteen?

It’s a slow interest for me. While I didn’t want to read it, at the same time I did. I know that doesn’t make sense but neither does Jorg at times.

I don’t like to get angry. It makes me angry.

page 3

You don’t say Jorg. Who knew getting angry makes you angry?

This book has an amazing amount of quotes in it though. Even when Jorg is a little shit that sometimes doesn’t make sense, he ends up saying something that hits right at home.

In the end it seems we’re just toys, easy to break and hard to mend.

King of Thorns is on my list to buy but it’s not something I am needing right away. Either next time I go to Barnes and Noble or just order it offline. I don’t know yet but I’ll get it sometime or other.

Some men are too dull to feel what might happen. Others torture themselves with maybes and populate their dreams with horrors more terrible than their worst enemy could inflict upon them.