I have listened/read this book twice. The whispersync is awesome and IMO the only way to experience this book. James Clamp's performance totally elevates the experience of Prince of Thorns. As I read the reviews it is no surprise that there are people that did not enjoy this book as it is beyond dark and twisted. It just isn't for everyone and a lot of people won't be able to stomach a story through a sociopath's POV. But for me, I was fascinated by Jorg and wanted to see what he was capable of next. I enjoyed the writing style of the author and couldn't put this book down. I think people will believe they are comfortable with dark and gritty fantasy but this book definitely takes it to another level and it will challenge those claims. My advice would be to read the sample chapters available on Amazon. I think you will get a pretty good indication of the tone of this book. If you enjoy the sample, chances are you are going to love this book as I do.
So The main character is an ass.. But he is what I necessary to unite the world. I was relieved to see a character like Jamie Lanister of GOT becoming a king. Come to think of it, who are we kidding? You'd have to be a monster to become a king when it was a sword and an army to grant you divine right
I love this narrator, he is an amazing character actor. his voice is so soothing. I use audible to help me sleep at night, and not all narrators are this dreamy
Mark Lawrence is an incredible story teller, a new favorite author.
I intend to listen to all of his books.
I found it pretty engaging and interesting. The author uses sparse prose to describe things and sometimes I wish he used a little more detail but it keeps the momentum of the story.
It was dark, which I love but just overall not all that good of a story. A tad boring and I never really liked or got committed to any of the characters. If you are tried of all that goodie goodie stuff in your fantasy stories, you might want to give this a try but I personally didn't get hooked enough to go on to the next book in the series.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
DREAMS TELL A MAN WHO HE IS.
This story is told in first person, by a guy who loves to hear himself talk. I might have liked this better if written in third person. At times I just wanted the kid to shut up. I am always weary of people who brag about themselves. Tell me they are smart, honest or tough. It usually ends up being the opposite. This guy was tortured at 10 years old and now at 14, he is a bad ass, okay we get it, now let's get on with story, shall we. The first half of the story is all about convincing you that this fourteen year old is a bad ass. He even kills without warning his own followers, sometimes because their looks irritate him. I fail to understand how you can get a group of guys to follow you if they never know when you are going to kill them next. I listened to all of this and there are glimmers of real writing, but it is surrounded by double talk. The second half of the story reads more like Conan the Barbarian. The late middle part of the book, where he is under the mountain and fights necromancers, is the best part of the book. When he is doing something and not talking about doing something.
I SWALLOWED THE NIGHT AND THE NIGHT SWALLOWED ME
I always feel it to be a cheap trick to do a lot of double talk. A lot of people seem to think it clever and you even it see it in some of the classics, but this guy does it constantly. I DON'T LIKE TO BE ANGRY, IT MAKES ME ANGRY. ALL OF A SUDDEN IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE. YOU LOSE THE GAME AND WHAT DO YOU LOSE? YOU LOSE THE GAME. IN A REAL FIGHT AND MOST FIGHTS ARE REAL. EVEN AS THEY LEFT ME, THE WORD SOUNDED HOLLOW, CHILDLESS.
AND IF PEOPLE CALL YOU KING, THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE.
Probably the biggest fact that you comes out of this story, is that kings are nothing but the biggest bully on the block. That is how they get started and then it is nepotism from then on.
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Enjoyed this story enough to continue. Dark magic, gritty scenes but realistic. lots of death and destruction.