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Emperor of Thorns

The Broken Empire, Book 3
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Series: Broken Empire, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lawrence brings the Broken Empire series to its devastating conclusion.

The path to the throne is broken - only the broken can walk it. The world is cracked and time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne no matter who stands against me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending.

This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me. Follow me, and I will break your heart.

©2013 Mark Lawrence (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely stunning... jaw-dropping" (Robin Hobb)

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Verry good

Was a little short on action in the end but, it was a superb ending to the series..

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A good, dark and original story.

I just wish there was more, but then again I feel as though it finished just the way it was supposed to. Definitely recommended, it's well worth listening to.

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A disappointing ending to a great saga.

I can't say that I enjoyed the final chapter of the Broken Empire trilogy. While I found the first two books absolutely fantastic, this third one falls completely short of the expectations I had.
It feels like the author is beating around the bush most of the time and then dumps a rather quick and unsatisfying ending based around a twist I saw coming from a mile away.

I devoured the first two books, but this one took me forever to complete. Again a great performance by Joe Jameson, but he alone cannot fix the disappointment that was this book.

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Good listen but disappointing ending

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The story follows from the previous books. Sometimes the flipping back between the present and the past seems excessive. Most of the loose ends are tied together. The ending was broadcast well in advance. It didn't quite happen as I would have expected (which was that Jorg's convictions were manipulating reality to produce the dead king, especially since the guilt of hanging in the thorn bush and not saving his brother/mother is an underlying issue throughout the series). In the end the actual ending was a bit deficient. and the equality of dream and reality doesn't quite explain how the link between conviction and reality is 'fixed' at the end.

In any case the book is worth listening to, especially after the other books.

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Surprisingly good

Series started poorly. The book overly and uncomfortably and too realistically focused on the brutality and misery of defenceless children and random murder. However by the end of the series it all made a point. This series is definitely above average and worth the read. Perhaps this author will be worth future consideration in any new series.

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  • lgjmac
  • 04-18-18

great character. rubbish ending. narrator superb

love the character. story brilliant right until the end. where it just becomes honestly awful. basically from the final fight onwards. you'll really enjoy it up until that point. but it does feel a bit like everything brilliant and then he decided to do the whole ending on a rainy day in Norfolk

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  • D. Menashy
  • 01-27-14

Indelible

Up there with GRRM & Joe Abercrombie as a fave author. Have listened, twice to the whole trilogy . Fantasy? Sci-fi? Don't categorise, just enjoy the exceptional writing and wonder at how the whole trilogy's arc comes to a neat and fitting conclusion that actually provides satisfying closure.

Joe Jameson's brilliant narration is a joy in itself, his voice for Jorg is so fitting, plus he manages to come up with such apt and varied voices for the myriad of other characters. Would love to hear his take on A Song of Ice and Fire...

In short, these 3 books resonate in your mind long after they've been finished. They simply glisten.....

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 01-12-20

Great triology

As this is book three, it would be better to read the reviews of the first book in the series.

If you have read the first two books, I'm surprised you haven't bought this book and dived straight in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-19

Long live the King

Loved this series of books a bitter sweet end but well written and wonderfully performed bringing all the characters to life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-19

So cool!

fantastic book, fantastic series, fantastic writer. Very dark yet very entertaining, a must read!! (unless you are easily offended and whinge about it)

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  • Angel
  • 04-15-19

Fantastic Narrator

I listioned to all 3 books in this series, I did struggle with the 3rd book a bit but what made this a great listion was the amazing way it was told, one of the best narrators I have heard, though I do love Stephen Brands voice more all in all a good set

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-19

A Great re-imagining of post abocolyptic word

from the 1st book to the last. I could not stop listening. I listened to all 3 in a week. the 1st one in a day. my only wish was to see more from this story of Jorg

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  • Steve McMahon
  • 12-07-18

Fantastic<br />

Up there with some of the greatest fantasy books I have ever read. in short a classic.

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  • sonvagun
  • 12-03-18

Brilliant

From Book one, through book two and finally book three, it's been a pleasure to listen to Joe Jameson read the genius words of Mark Lawrence. Going to start Prince of Fools straight away, and I've already read that!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-18

Dark and breathtaking . Highly recommended read

Dark and breathtaking trilogy of books . Highly recommended read by a awesome new author

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  • Alex
  • 07-08-16

Brilliant

A truly great fantasy series and brilliant narrator to boot. My only negative thought is dwelling on the fact that it's over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Thought inspiring, Epic conclusion.

An amazing end to this series, once again Mark Lawrence's dark but unique style has delivered.

A very good read / listen.

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  • Ryan Treanor
  • 09-25-19

original and captivating

loved the originality of the story that kept me guessing right up till the end. also read very well with individual voices for characters, making it easy listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

5 out of 5

unbelievable book. such a creative story and narrating. amazing how you can love a character that is so evil but good at the same time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

Just Awesome

I just love this series! Mark Lawrence quickly became one of my favourite authors after reading Prince of Thorns. it only got better from there.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-28-18

My god.

I've never read, heard nor watched any such story that has enthralled me like this series. I feel a sense of emptiness upon its ending. This is a story (& series) to be listened to again and again. Truly the bar to measure all other fantasy stories, if not stories in general.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

Well rounded

I enjoyed seeing where the author was going with this third installment. I rate it as a well arounded third book to close out the trilogy. Bringing the same level of action, humor and thrill as the first two books.