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King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2 | [Mark Lawrence]

King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2

The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition. To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them. A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.
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The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition. To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them. A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds.

Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.

©2012 Mark Lawrence (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    J. Hoare Australia 03-23-13
    J. Hoare Australia 03-23-13 Member Since 2010

    reads for fun

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    "Darkness continued."

    This second instalment of the Broken Empire trilogy is as entertaining as the first but as Jorg has grown up he has mellowed somewhat. (of course everything is relative, Jorg being mellow still means his heart and soul remains as black as pitch).

    Mark Lawrence has become a favourite author of mine and his excellent story has been well interpreted by Joe Jameson.

    I note that the third instalment of the trilogy is not being published until August 2013. Lets hope that Audible are able to secure Joe Jameson's services to narrate the upcoming instalment so we don't have to wait too long for the next instalment of this great trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Lilyfield, Australia 09-23-12
    Mr Lilyfield, Australia 09-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "From villan to hero"
    If you could sum up King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2 in three words, what would they be?

    This really builds on the first as the characters develop and our anti-hero starts to show his human side.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2?

    There are a few challenging and dark sections that I won't spoil here... but I appreciated the lighter lifts!


    What about Joe Jameson’s performance did you like?

    The performance was exceptional


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The dark light.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe audible has only x2 parts of a trilogy available. Not really good enough!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Theodor Adorno
    4/17/14
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    ""He said", "she said" - ad nauseum"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes! - the constant "he said", "she said" every time any character utters a word. More than any other book I've listened to, this is really intrusive and annoying, especially since the narrator is so good with the different voices he uses that there is really no need for the endless use of "he said". I wish the audio producers would pay more attention to the specific requirements of their publishing medium - it really does come close to ruining an otherwise excellent production.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thoroughly engaging and inventive story - medieval neo-noir hybrid?


    What about Joe Jameson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice modulation and intonation - a pleasure to listen to his interpretation.


    Could you see King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The ex-footballer Roy Keane would make an excellent Prince - a highly intelligent, borderline psychopath.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing itself is a step above the usual fantasy fare where the expression tends to be weak, it really is a well-written book, I just wish the translation to audio book had been carried out more smoothly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "Better than the first in my opinion"

    I am glad I stuck with this trilogy, as this book was probably one of my favourite listens of 2013 so far

    Story – 4.5/5

    King of Thorns is a vast improvement on the first in my opinion; growing and maturing the main character Yorg into someone who is more believable. He still has a good portion of ruthless and inhuman personality so he still holds true to the anti-hero element of the trilogy.

    Running throughout the book are multiple time frames, similar to the first book. It really stands out in this one though, as the main timeframe arc is a big, impossible to win, battle. There are plenty of unexpected turns in this battle though, and all of the background on the lead up to this battle and the characters is given in the intertwined back flash chapters.

    Where this story really blew me away though was in the final few chapters, which every good book should do. If you like epic battles and war strategy like I do, this one will not disappoint. I can’t wait for the concluding novel.

    One of the small drawbacks of the book was that some knowledge/actions were very convenient. If ever I think this throughout a novel, I can’t help but wonder if it is down to poor planning/writing on the author’s part. Not that it deterred my enjoyment though, just one of the only things stopping it getting 5/5


    Performance – 4.5/5

    Joe Jameson was also a big improvement in this novel. His young, high sounding voice suited the narration in the mind of Yorg nicely again, and he did a good job distinguishing all of the characters in his acting. Where he improved was upon his scene setting. If Yorg was in a sticky situation, you felt concerned for him, as if he was actually in danger, unlike with the first book.

    Overall – 4.5/5


    Apologies for the star ratings not matching the written review, I am forced to round halves on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keshnee
    London, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Awesome book!"

    The PoT showed Jorg to be violent and crude, but the KoT shows how he grows and matures into a leader, maybe still violent and crude but more a character you can believe in, and surprisingly likeable. Also the KoT has a strange twist to the classic fantasy angle of prophecy - one that you can bend to suit your needs. Overall an enjoyable listen, leaving you anticipating the final instalment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Motherwell, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Not quite as good as the last"

    Jorg has grown up and realised he needs to temper his actions if he wants the throne, we learn more about the people ruling from the shadows, and Jorg does things no one expects that gets him results. As I said in the title not quite as amazing as the last, Jorg is becoming more of a well rounded character but this detracts slightly in some ways, but I look forward avidly to the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    2/12/13
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    "Unique character, excellent narration"

    Fell in love with this series on the strength of Joe Jameson. Thought I'd hate his narration, but he's perfect for this.



    Jorg is a strangely endearing character - FitzChivalry with chutzpah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yusef
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Ideal; excellent story and narrator"

    This is an excellent combination of a good story and the correct narrator. The writing lends itself well to audio, it's not long winded but sharp and well observed.

    The main character is the driving force of the book, dark, damaged, clever and driven by the past. This book jumps in time from past to present to cleverly explain the strategies Jorg uses in his battle to gain supremacy in the game of 100 kingdoms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    REDCAR, United Kingdom
    11/13/12
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    "What the...."

    I enjoyed the first book a lot (5 stars) it captured the lack of humanity only a child can have. It was clever witty and for the most part made me chuckle. For all those moments in a book you just think "just get on with it and kill him already/ or take it and go stop wasting time" the first one really did. It was great as a result.

    This.... No. I felt like I got halfway through the book and the author got bored, couldn't be bothered, felt he was wasting his time. I would rather, still be waiting for a part 2 than listen to the drivel that forms the latter half of this book. Well narrated fortunately which made it bearable but I won't be bothering with anything by this author again, not with George Martin, Patrick Rothfuss & Ben Kane still going strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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