Very gritty storyline, has a timeline that skips around quite a bit, not the easiest to follow, but entertaining all the same.
It feels very shallow in the descriptions of each of the characters, little description for others but the main character.
Dark book with a unredeemed main character and a compelling plot. Jorg isn't a good person and the author doesn't pretend that he is (which is what makes this a good book and not a terrible one). Being in his head casts an interesting lens on the events of the series, though to be fair, it's often a cringe worthy one. Not for everyone but if you can accept that you'll probably want Jorg dead a few times it's an interesting story.
Wonderfully dark and gritty with solid characters and clever writing. As a fan of sword fighting, I personally love all of the underhanded tactics. It really reminds the reader that it doesn't matter if you fight with honor when it's to the death, only that you're the last one fighting. But I digress. I do enjoy a story that has a protagonist who isn't stupid good (D&D) and actually isn't afraid to dive into the mud and blood to get a victory. Adding in all the other interesting characters, this book doesn't disappoint. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
This is a must read , it takes the main character of books in a whole new light . So unique and so different and yet I loved every second of this book .
Only down fall is that I'm gonna have a lot of disappointing reads after this one trying to get the same feeling, emotion and intensity
Very dark, skips around a bit, worth the credit, rated R. Dont expect to like any of the characters unless you dig anti-heros.
I was completely absorbed in this book, and listened straight through in almost one weekend. It is an excellent start to the trilogy and confirmed my admiration for Mark Lawrence as a great fantasy writer. The plot is summarised above so will just note that it is fast moving, exciting and contains some unexpected strategies to solve problems. It is written in part with flashback chapters, but not so often as to disrupt the flow.
My greatest pleasure in this book came from the superbly created main character, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath, and written from his first person point of view throughout. He wasn't a born psychopath, but could be mistaken for one. Circumstances have taught him survival is all, decisive fast action is paramount, whatever it takes to succeed. Compromise is never a consideration.
Without the hatred and single minded pursuit of revenge against the whole world, there would be no substance to Jorg. His childhood experience directs every aspect of his life, future plans and outlook. We are reminded of this occasionally with metaphorical reference to hooks or thorns .
Compelling reading as long as you can accept the cruel violence as part of Jorg and his place within the Broken Empire. Jorg's road brothers, very well written and individualised by the narrator, so each was easily visualised. Other unusual creatures, maybe semi human, were introduced providing speculation on their origin and how they may affect the future.
Some gloriously unbelievable deus ex machina moments - a fortuitous kick from a horse ? Please. But entirely acceptable because this is exactly that kind of book and we enjoy them with quiet smile as they leave our anti-hero, more or less in one piece, to carry on.
The audible narrator, James Clamp, was excellent. He found the perfect voice for Jorg and differentiated all the other characters well. Very happy he narrates the next book in the series King of Thorns and I plan to begin listening straight away.