Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel.
Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.
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“Vivid … full of wonder. This book is brilliant.” (Galaxy Book Reviews)
cynical planning underdog
The hero was not all powerful but accomplishes amazing things while morally suspect
Take Tomas Covenant or the Warded Man and add a healthy dose of nastiness
I would indeed.
The narrator brought the different cast of unique characters to life and read brilliantly what was already a well written story.
I loved the characters. Yes, even the evil prince himself. They all have powerful personalities and the narrator brings them to life so magnificently.
I'd say the scene where the prince and his men take on the force many times their size in the ruins.
For being such a dark tale, there is comedy, and I did laugh to myself as I listened.
You have to know what you are getting into. The dark moments of the book may seem a bit much (The main character contimplates about killing just about every single person that speaks to him) but it IS a story with an anti-hero. Someone you aren't supposed to love. Someone that believes the ends justify the means. And Jorg does believe that and would kill near anyone to get what he wants, but in the context of the story, he does so in a way that absorbs the listener in every moment.
I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
Mr. Lawrence can obviously write. The vividness of the battle scenes in Prince of Thorns proves that. They are good. But, the problem is that same talent to write is not translated into other parts of the book. Most importantly, character development and plot. This story is very shallow in those departments. It feels like a draft of a complete novel.
For me, it was just lazy dark fantasy. A decent listen for sure, but not some elite (or even great) tale. It barely registered as average thanks to Mr. Lawrence's writing of the aforementioned battle scenes.
But, I stand by my statement that the story itself is lazy. It tries to be grit and gore and no more. Prince Jorg is one dimensional and never developed into the sort of anti-hero that I could root for. The encounters that stand in his way seems like they are only partially serious.
I suggest it if you like a nice, quick dark fantasy listen/read, but know going in that you are going to get a tale that is about blood and Prince Jorg's quest for vengeance with no meat to the bones.
intense, thrilling, fantastic
main character: Jorg Ancrath
I listened to "King of Thorns" also performed by Clamp. It was also very good. His ability to make the different characters discernible from one another really helps the story.
This is an excellent book. I would highly recommend it to other listeners who like complex stories and aren't afraid of a very visceral experience. There is a lot of violence, but it fits with the character development and adds to the experience of the story.
Fantastic narrator performance.
yes, i was drawn in and found this a very enjoyable listen. I am about 70% of the way through and cant wait to hear more.
was very satisfied with the narration. Of course this is my opinion, but it was a good listen
Saving the world one word at a time.
Blood, revenge, betrayal.
Jorg was undoubtedly my favorite character. I've never read a decent book with such a compelling anti-hero.
It's nice to have a voice actor who actually fits the role for once.
“There's something brittle in me that will break before it bends.”
I havent listened to many yet (expensive...) but easily top 3.
The main character was the most interesting, having a very twisted personality.
While it made me wince to hear him do female dialogue, the range of accents he
gave male characters was very good, it got to the point where most of the time
you could tell which character was speaking with out having to be told.
After I got over the fact the book was in the first person, it was very engaging. There's a lot of plot elements that keep you wondering for just the right amount of time, also the way the books story is split between the past and present, while annoying at times, kept the suspense high.
At the time of writing this review I have also read "King of Thorns", its sequel.
I will say this series is one of the most fun I've read in awhile. Who doesn't enjoy a good revenge story? The main character is the very definition of an antihero. His actions are unpredictable, morally suspect, and deviously genius. Not only do we have a great main character, but an excellent supporting cast.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this series, I really think you will enjoy it.
im pretty sure i just listened to the narrator say "i stabbed him and blood went everywhere" for 10 hours straight. seriously this book is one big pile of uninspired violence and confusing flashbacks.
FLY, YOU FOOLS!
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