Like The Black Company this is a graphic novel trying to be a book. it's not boring, but it's melodramatic action with a lack of depth/lore.
Dark characters, subtle magic, a fast pace story and a different twist as to where this world has its roots, make this a very good book.
Jorg is a depraved character and is amazing as the point of view for this story. I read The Red Queens War before this and it is a major shift from the lighthearted character Jalan to Jorge, but both are fascinating and deep characters.
Any hint of redeeming qualities in the protagonist - and no rape perpetrated by the main character.
He's an amazing narrator, using great pacing and excellent characterization.
No. Well, that's not true - the plot could have been interesting if I hadn't detested the protagonist so much. I enjoyed the scenes that intersected with the story of the Prince of Fools, and would have enjoyed learning more about Jorge if he hadn't been so reprehensible.
I read the Red Queen's War series, which led me to this previous series. Where the Prince of Fools had a lightness to it which redeemed the dark qualities of the protagonist, the Prince of Thorns has nothing to redeem him. He murders (which I could forgive...hello, fantasy genre), pillages (which is understandable for a bandit king), and rapes. This I can't forgive. In fact, later in the series when he pays to be with a whore, he's surprised at how good sex can be when he's "not part of a queue" and when he's not rushed to finished before the burning building becomes a problem. NO. JUST NO. Even the explanation for why Jorge is as he is later in the book makes no difference. It's a dark book and brings me no joy. I'm usually open to books with an anti-hero (as the Prince of Fools most definitely is), but the Prince of Thorns has no redeeming qualities, and even if he undergoes some miraculous change through the course of the story - he's at the point where in most books a redeeming change could only be followed by a heroic death. I suppose that some people will enjoy this series - probably only men who don't give a shit about rape.
The story in of itself is not bad, but multiple times I have wanted to stop listening sorry because of the narrator. He pauses at awkward moments, which made it very hard to immerse myself in the book. If Clamp continues with the return of the series, I may not finish it
Because I paid for this book I muscled a full hour. But after that I had to let it go. The voice actor is the only redeeming thing about this. he does such a good job you forget you're not listening to anything important. At some point you realize there is nothing but a juvenile cliché plodding along a lonely road.
Fantasy dork, hack artist, and wannabe author. Is a fickle reader who frequently changes opinions so don't take reviews as gospel.
I found this one a bit overhyped. It's gotten a lot of praise (and hate) from the fantasy lit community and sounded like it might be in the same vein as George R.R. Martin or Joe Abercrombie, so I was really excited to read it. I love a good polarizing antihero, because even if I end up hating the character and the book, it's still an interesting read. This was merely Okay. The protag is engaging enough. He is indeed an evil little snot, but fun to follow. But I expected more from the story, I think. The most exciting thing about this book to me was when I finally figured out what was going on with the setting. Pretty cool. I may read the next books in this series, but I'm in no hurry while I've got things I'm more interested in.
This is my first.
He's got a nice voice? I kept thinking about how all of it probably would have sounded the same or better in my head, though, so eh. He's not bad, but not terribly interesting. I think what bugged me the most was I imagined Jorg to sound a little more animated, and more like a 14-year-old. His character is supposed to have grown up fast, so perhaps it was intentional, but maybe having a more youthful sounding reader would have made it more engaging for me.
I must admit I would watch it. Most of the descriptions were a bit on the bland side for me but I think in the right hands this could have some wicked visuals. No stars come to mind, though.
It's cool. I didn't dislike it. There's maybe a handful of kind of neat ideas at work and I'm interested to see where Lawrence goes with the story. But not that interested. Like I said, it was overhyped and I was expecting a lot more. I may read the next, I may not. It's still in my library, so I didn't hate it. It was okay.
I love books. ;)
The character is far too young to have had the experience to be as omnipotent as he claims. If he had been older, middle-aged or beyond, then maybe he would be believed to have accomplished all he claimed.
Writing in first person is tricky at best, but to do so with a character that is too overbearing takes the focus from the story.
His voice was pleasing and did a good job of conveying the text. He is the reason I kept listening, thank you.
No, I did not love this book. Redeeming qualities? It is a great example of what not to do when daring to write in first person. Don't make your characters too overbearing, too strong, too young to have had the life experiences claimed.
The story is pretty good, But the narrator pulled you out of it right off the bat. His pacing is so drawn out that it's very hard to stay focused on any particular point in the book. I understand it is somewhat fit with the main character, but I've never had to restart and speed up the narration just to be able to pay attention to in audible book.