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Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1) - Book Review

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I'm a British IT Support Technician recently relocated to Melbourne - currently discovering the city one cafe/bar/restaurant at a time.
Published April 14th 2014
Prince of Thorns, Mark Lawrence
Book Cover - Prince of Thorns

If you don't like dark, gritty fantasy then this book and series is not for you! This is potentially the darkest, grittiest fantasy book I've read. The story follows Jorg a thirteen year old prince turned bandit leader cutting his teeth roaming the lands around his father's empire.

Jorg is the epitome of the antihero set in a disturbingly familiar world. Yet despite his dark and evil deeds you can't help but like the intelligent, witty and charming character. The development of his personality from a petulant, immature, rampaging youth to a charismatic, wizened leader of men is fantastic. Mark Lawrence does a fantastic job making such a seemingly horrific character not only tolerable but actively engaging. You just want him to succeed!

If you like Joe Abercrombie, Paul Hoffman, Stephen King or even George R. R. Martin I'd give this series a go. It captures your attention within the first page and keeps you hooked for a wild ride.

"I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we're born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you're strangers. Maybe that's what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up." - Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

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