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King of Thorns | [Mark Lawrence]

King of Thorns

The follow-up to Mark Lawrence' s thrilling debut novel Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns continues the tale of antihero Jorg Ancrath. After wresting back control of his kingdom from those who murdered his family, Jorg sees the land erupt with hundreds of battles fought by lords and petty kings. More daunting still, he faces an enemy many times his own strength. Jorg may not be able to win this battle in a fair fight, but he wields a rage and cunning that just might even the odds.
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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to Mark Lawrence' s thrilling debut novel Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns continues the tale of antihero Jorg Ancrath. After wresting back control of his kingdom from those who murdered his family, Jorg sees the land erupt with hundreds of battles fought by lords and petty kings. More daunting still, he faces an enemy many times his own strength. Jorg may not be able to win this battle in a fair fight, but he wields a rage and cunning that just might even the odds.

Also listen to the first book, Prince of Thorns.

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    Stephen 09-11-12
    Stephen 09-11-12
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    "Great sequel!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    James Clamp returns with a masterful reading of Mark Lawrence's "King of Thorns." One of my favorite audiobook performances.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Jorg...and I hate him. I guess that's why I like him. He's complicated, but not arbitrarily so.


    What does James Clamp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clamp manages distinct voices for each character and is very consistent. He breathes a kind of personality into Jorg that I might have missed if I were just reading it on my own.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jorg wrestles with the unintended effects of his necromancy (trying not to give too much away).


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Concord, MA, United States 09-10-13
    Howard Concord, MA, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb- fantastic"

    Inspired and original Mark Lawrence continues to improve (and after writing the first in the series which I thought could bear no improvement) "King" continues to follow Jorge in his journey of self discovery and adventure.

    Lawrence continues to reveal himself as potentially one of the 21st century's best fantasy (or is it SCI FI?) authors- but with character and plot development equal to, or better than, any genre.

    I would recommend this to ANYONE who loves great fiction and especially lovers of low FANTASY.

    THANK YOU MARK!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 05-27-14
    Todd 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Still no Unicorns ,,, but"
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    Still Dark ,,,,Brooding and Violent but a much deeper plot. I like this book a lot better than the first book and i really liked the first.Seemed a bit less harsh with deeper characters.

    The back story is great. Builders Sons,, Book of Kirk.. Took me longer than it should have to figure it out :) If you like The First Law books by Joe Abercrombie or The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks you will like these books. I am downloading Emperor of Thorns now.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 11-01-13
    Brian 11-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic"

    I read Prince of Thorns a year ago, and I loved it. I only waiting this long to read King of Thorns because I didn't want to blow through the entire series in a week.

    The plot is tight and quite captivating. The prose is beautiful, which is something of a rarity in the genre. And the characters are fascinating. The growth of Jorg was something that I wasn't really expecting, but it was really interesting to follow.

    I would recommend the book and the series to anyone who likes fantasy or good writing. Anyone looking for a good series to tide them over between episodes of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire would definitely enjoy these.

    James Clamp's narration is excellent. I wouldn't change a thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-21-13
    Amazon Customer United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well rounded"
    What made the experience of listening to King of Thorns the most enjoyable?

    The narrator gave a good performance and the story itself is just plain entertaining.


    What other book might you compare King of Thorns to and why?

    I might say it's similar to Joe Abercrombie's works only a little less dark.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 01-06-13
    James 01-06-13
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    "Very good."

    Overall, really good. I had some trouble following the timeline because there is so much skipping back and forth between current time and 4 years ago from chapter to chapter. I still have some trouble with the young age of the character being so unstoppably dominant over everyone else in this story but I can usually allow that to slip out of mind and just enjoy the action. Dark, bloody, good action, interesting twists, excellent narration voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John B MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-16-12
    John B MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-16-12
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    "The second step to becoming my favorite trilogy"

    The title is not an exaggeration. This trilogy is shaping up to become one of my favorite reads in a long time, and this, the middle child in all of it, does not disappoint in the slightest. If you've read the first one you already know of the dark prince, and it should not be surprising that he remains dark even when his title advances to king (even if that title is somewhat self proclaimed), but we the listeners are also treated to hearing how Jorg Ancrath evolves over the years. And its a believable evolution because it keeps the perfect balance of being significant, without being drastic. So, in some ways he is the same prince we learned to love in the first book, but he also is maturing. This book also reveals more about the world of the Hundred War, something that is extremely interesting to learn, and added a lot to my enjoyment of the tale.

    But enough about how amazing the book is, the narrator also deserves his praise!

    Once again, James Clamp has done an AMAZING job. He nails every part of his performance. All the characters retain their individuality, and the acting is superb. Setting him with the task to read this book was really a match made in heaven and I simply can not wait to hear him reading the last installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 11-21-12
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful stuff"
    Would you consider the audio edition of King of Thorns to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of James Clamp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Not a run of the mill story pumped out in a heartbeat. Different enough to keep me interested...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Marshall, MI, United States 08-29-12
    Arthur Marshall, MI, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good continuation"
    What did you love best about King of Thorns?

    The main character begins an evolution in this book, I think. But stays cynical, ruthless and darkly human.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of King of Thorns?

    It was a fun ride of memories stored away and other wise forgotten


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good continuation of the first book, and does not leave a great cliff hanger, which I hate in some developing series. The protagonist develops in this book, but no wild hooks in personality, just seemed gradual, but un-completed. Really looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 07-16-14
    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 07-16-14 Member Since 2013

    I wish I could get paid to listen to books....

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    "dark series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of King of Thorns to be better than the print version?

    I read this book when it came out, liked it better than the audio version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    this is a dark and violent book, clever and fun and dark and sad.


    What about James Clamp’s performance did you like?

    i didn't care for this performance, I don't think he matched this book's dark and tortured content.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, read thru these books quickly, took about two days to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    this plot is done over and over, young man's rise to power despite his tragic childhood. bloody and violent content. I like it when I first read the book but didn't enjoy the audible version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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