I've been putting off this book for sometime, given the other review's descriptions of the dark, anti-hero.
They are very right; the main character is dark and an anti-hero. I almost stopped listening in the first 10min because he was such a B***rd.
But not shortly after I found myself rooting for him. It is an impressive work in that regard. The main character's condition begins to make sense and you begin to sympathize with him (I hope no one empathizes with him).
I liked it. I'm heading straight back to listen to the next book.
I'd say if you like dark/gritty this is your book--although, I'd say it is more dark that gritty.
I'd recommend it for fans of Game of Thrones, Blood Song, Dragon's Path, The left Hand of God, Black Company, or anything by Joe Abercombre
I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
Mr. Lawrence can obviously write. The vividness of the battle scenes in Prince of Thorns proves that. They are good. But, the problem is that same talent to write is not translated into other parts of the book. Most importantly, character development and plot. This story is very shallow in those departments. It feels like a draft of a complete novel.
For me, it was just lazy dark fantasy. A decent listen for sure, but not some elite (or even great) tale. It barely registered as average thanks to Mr. Lawrence's writing of the aforementioned battle scenes.
But, I stand by my statement that the story itself is lazy. It tries to be grit and gore and no more. Prince Jorg is one dimensional and never developed into the sort of anti-hero that I could root for. The encounters that stand in his way seems like they are only partially serious.
I suggest it if you like a nice, quick dark fantasy listen/read, but know going in that you are going to get a tale that is about blood and Prince Jorg's quest for vengeance with no meat to the bones.
cynical planning underdog
The hero was not all powerful but accomplishes amazing things while morally suspect
Take Tomas Covenant or the Warded Man and add a healthy dose of nastiness
No... this has not turned me off fantasy or even gritty, dark fantasy... but it may make me hesitate next time I read such conflicting reviews about a book. I assumed as I love such authors as Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, Martin, Stephen R Donaldson etc who are all reputed to write "gritty" fantasy, that I would love this book too. I even bought King of Thorns before I had started this one. I really enjoy the anti-hero; the conflicted and complicated characters; but I guess in the end I personally need at least a spec of redemption. I forced myself to finish listening to the book, but in the end decided that though I found Jorg morbidly interesting and compelling, that I really did not care enough about Jorg or the story to find out what happens in the next books.
Fans of Christoper Walken
Nothing narrated by James Clamp.
Simon Vance, or Michael Page; hell, I'd even give my shy three year old niece a try.
Unfortunately I can't give a proper review of this book because I honestly stopped listening after ten minutes of the narrator giving a ten second pause after each comma, and thirty after each period. It just completely obliterated the flow of the story, and while this may have been fun to listen to Christoper Walken reading this, with this narrator an this book, it just completely lost me.
A different story. The protagonist is a thoroughly horrible serial killer. All characters are helpless victims, even the protagonist. I think the author might need therapy.
Not sure. It was well read.
Disappointment and revulsion.
I worry about people attracted to this sort of trash.
The main character needs to have some redeemable character traits. I rarely read a book, in which I am rooting against the main character
Half way through the book and their is literally no character I want to see alive through the next page
all of them
Not sure how this one got so many 5 star reviews, kind of hard to listen to. The main character really is not interesting and the book is full of cliches. About half way thru maybe it will get better.
intense, thrilling, fantastic
main character: Jorg Ancrath
I listened to "King of Thorns" also performed by Clamp. It was also very good. His ability to make the different characters discernible from one another really helps the story.
This is an excellent book. I would highly recommend it to other listeners who like complex stories and aren't afraid of a very visceral experience. There is a lot of violence, but it fits with the character development and adds to the experience of the story.
Fantastic narrator performance.
yes, i was drawn in and found this a very enjoyable listen. I am about 70% of the way through and cant wait to hear more.
was very satisfied with the narration. Of course this is my opinion, but it was a good listen