Jorg would be emperor. It is a position not to be gained by the sword but rather by vote. And never in living memory has anyone secured a majority of the vote, leaving the Broken Empire long without a leader. Jorg has plans to change that - one way or the other. He’s uncovered even more of the lost technology of the land, and he won’t hesitate to use it. But he soon finds an adversary standing in his way, a necromancer unlike any he has ever faced - a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King. The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match....
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Everything. I absolutely adore this series, I love the character of Jorg and even more I love how Mark Lawrence continually move the story from current to 4 or 5 years ago. It entirely brings together the man he was and the man he is and why he makes the choices he does.
I have few absolute favorite books in the fantasy genre that reach an epic status in my mind, definitely the king killer chronicles, blood song and the way of kings. I would say Mark Lawrences series also creates the epic feel of a world with its own customs and way of life, gods ands myths that my adored epic series do, however, because Jorg is largely the sole focus of the series and all other characters continuously only carrying minor roles, I think this book does slightly fall short in that. I almost wish Mark Lawrence would have had separate books for each of Jorgs years, but then I suppose to have lived even more years with Jorg, the ending would have been absolutely devastating. For the series he wrote and the length, the ending was perfectly chosen.
This narrator does an EXCELLENT job! I didn't even think twice about getting the audible book as opposed to reading it. He uses different voices/inflections for the different characters, even does a fantastic girl voice!
The antics of Jorg would continually make me chuckle and smile. Smile that he was so completely genius and brilliant in his scheming.
If you like slightly dark humour, blood shed, or just want a book to get so absorbed in that you lose yourself entirely. Get this series, get it, live it, love it. Mourn it once its over.
I couldn't have asked for a better end to such a unique and exciting trilogy. I'm looking forward to discovering the rest of Mark Lawrence's work. And the voice work on this audiobook was absolutely incredible!
This entire series is just an amazing blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I can't remember another book that melds the genres together so seamlessly and in a way that feels effortless to the reader.
The writing is quite excellent, the pacing is quick, and the plot is interesting and hard to predict. I can't recommend these enough.
Also, for what it's worth, I've seen these books described as dark and grim and grimdark. Sure there's some violence and some sadness, but it's nothing out of the ordinary. Plus, I laughed out loud quite a few times as well. These books don't deserve such a reputation for darkness.
The narration is awesome. James Clamp is perfect for the story, and I would like to listen to more books of his.
At position 1. You finally understand Jorg, and learn about his traumas. You really feel for him, although he is a complete bastard in most of the book. There are some really strong scenes, and they put events in the previous books in a new light. I also really like the non-sentimental way lifes of main characters are handled. Take brother Michael for instance, after surviving great trials, he gets hit by an arrow in a random skirmish. And that's kind of the end of that. Death and changes come quickly, and no one is immune. The story arc was very well thought out as well.
I really liked Jorg, In this book, one comes to understand why he is as he is. He is maturing, and for the first time starts to question himself in more fundamental ways, Rike is unfortunately not as visible as before.
No. Good performance, although I preferred the narrator in the first two books.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This an overall review of the trilogy & immediately WARN any listener that there are descriptions of graphic scenes of brutality to the point at times it seemed a bit much & written just to keep with the original 'standard' the first book set:
It took me more time to finish this book than the two books before this 'Prince & King of Thorns.' Overall the series was pretty good although I would not place it at the top of any fantasy list except for originality perhaps. There was a lot of back & forth throughout the book that at times I did not even know how old the main character was, although when the book first started he was more the 'anti-hero' & the story was filled with more grim-dark scenes where the main character could care less what happened to human bystanders or 'innocents.' The character grows up a bit into more of a protagonist as the story evolves from 'The Prince of Thorns' & he suffers from the battle fatigue & PTSD that is common with those that take many lives. He starts to reflect back on his past but this doesn't mean he is predictable in any way because Mark Lawrence was able to create a character that would keep u guessing with what Jorg would do next to get himself out of a jam or how he was going to outsmart the odds stacked against him.
One of the major issues I had with this book was that the suspension of disbelief I had to have regarding the protagonist's age & the ability for a child (even in an earlier, feudal society) to command the respect he garnered often throughout the books. This was more common in the earlier books because he was somewhere between the ages of 9-14 for much of it. I know that in the past boys had to grow up much faster or else possible die especially in a situation where royalty & succession was involved so I get the whole 'many of the best leaders & fighters were young' history point, but I think Lawrence was really pushing it when u look at the type of people Jorg was surrounding himself with. Its one thing if u have loyal retainers & bodyguards or those that respect, fear, and/or love u because of ur family name, but it runs counter intuitive to some groups of people that he chose to be with: murderers, rapists, no-scruples, thieves, etc... although he did have a personal bodyguard that was older that loved him like a father figure, but that one guy couldn't entirely make me believe this kid who barely has pubic hair probably can stare down criminals in such a brute, 'alpha male way' no matter his ruthlessness. Although this was the trait that did gain him respect in the beginning after that he was quite cunning, but... It also bothered me that many times it seemed that his cleverness worked to a point but in the end some type of unknown magic we as readers never knew about saves the day or a similar type of solution would present itself.
Overall I enjoyed the series & it ended well considering the ending for many fantasy novels seem to be suspect as the years go by. I would def. recommend this book if u are looking to laugh at the darker elements of fantasy (i.e. necromancy) along with the clever ways Jorg is able to scheme his way to the top. Mark Lawrence definitely wrote a unique series with a unique character, it was worth the reads although I liked the 1st 2 books better & the last 1/3 of book 3. The narrator was satisfactory, he wasn't bad but I wouldn't look at other books he's done like I do with my favorite narrators.
Visceral, Methodical, Brilliant
In this story we see Jorg as an adult and Mark Lawrence does a good job of conveying the characters growth between the novels. At first I was a little put out by some of the story taking place 5 years prior. But after a while, you realize that the tale he is telling is from five years ago but his recounting is from the adult point of view. It is very well done. Overall a great book.
"Dear Lady, I killed them from youngest child to oldest woman. And when I was done, I blunted three axes dismembering their corpses. I am Jorg of Ancrath, I burned ten thousand in Gelleth and didnt think it to many."
Better than the best. No comparison would be apt with any living author. Lawrence's series on Prince, King, Emperor improves with each book and improves with each reading. After the release of "Emperor" I started back and listened to "Prince" and "King" and found myself wondering why I had not listened to them again after the first hearing.
Emperor caps a fantastic series- low & dark fantasy layer onto realistic dystopic science fiction with intricate, fascinating and super character development of Jorge- love him, despise him, be attracted to, or repelled by Jorge in one page or chapter- he truly belongs with Frodo Baggins in the pantheon of fictional characters.
What a book- sad when it ended.
Lawrence is EMPEROR of Fantasy and Science Fiction- with this trifecta!
Wow! I just finished book 2 & 3.
As I read this series I was continually awed by the layer upon layer of connection between the main character's actions and his slowly revealing history (and future).
It was masterfully done! While not my favorite book, I have hardly been more impressed with a story so well weaved.
And the ending was perfect!
I say read the series. It is dark. The main character does many awful things--but in the end it all makes perfect sense. Each step in his story is purposeful and necessary.
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