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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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.
James Clamp returns with a masterful reading of Mark Lawrence's "King of Thorns." One of my favorite audiobook performances.
I like Jorg...and I hate him. I guess that's why I like him. He's complicated, but not arbitrarily so.
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.
When Jorg wrestles with the unintended effects of his necromancy (trying not to give too much away).
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!
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.
He was excellent
Not a run of the mill story pumped out in a heartbeat. Different enough to keep me interested...
I struggled with this book. on the one hand I love the wit and voice given to the characters. oftentimes it was laugh out loud. but the story was so disgusting and dark, a bit too much for my taste
The narrator gave a good performance and the story itself is just plain entertaining.
I might say it's similar to Joe Abercrombie's works only a little less dark.
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.
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.
The broken empire trilogy would have to be my favourite series of fantasy. The depth of meaning and feeling conveyed by Mr Lawrence's writing is a thing of rare beauty. I found the Red Queen's War to be less consuming, but these books are an absolute triumph.
Jorg is not a nice person but I couldn't dislike him. This is in and of itself a credit to the author. The other characters aren't so fleshed out, but even ones who aren't around for long live and breathe on the pages. Reading or, at least this time, listening to the series for a second time has been almost better with the sense of keen anticipation and picking up subtle foreshadowing I missed first time around.
The only thing I didn't really like 100% is the narration. But that could be because I had already read the book and heard a different voice for Jorg. James' voice was a touch too swaggering in his delivery for me.
I love the insight and intelligence in the writing and feel grateful to have picked up Prince of Thorns. Don't be put off by the oft terrible subject matter and let yourself get carried away on the story. Slip under Jorg's skin for a while. Most will be glad they did.
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