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Jorg would be emperor. It is a position not to be gained by the sword but rather by vote. And never in living memory has anyone secured a majority of the vote, leaving the Broken Empire long without a leader. Jorg has plans to change that - one way or the other. He’s uncovered even more of the lost technology of the land, and he won’t hesitate to use it. But he soon finds an adversary standing in his way, a necromancer unlike any he has ever faced - a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King. The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match....

©2013 Bobalinga, Ltd (P)2013 Recorded Books

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What did you love best about Emperor of Thorns?

Everything. I absolutely adore this series, I love the character of Jorg and even more I love how Mark Lawrence continually move the story from current to 4 or 5 years ago. It entirely brings together the man he was and the man he is and why he makes the choices he does.

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

I have few absolute favorite books in the fantasy genre that reach an epic status in my mind, definitely the king killer chronicles, blood song and the way of kings. I would say Mark Lawrences series also creates the epic feel of a world with its own customs and way of life, gods ands myths that my adored epic series do, however, because Jorg is largely the sole focus of the series and all other characters continuously only carrying minor roles, I think this book does slightly fall short in that. I almost wish Mark Lawrence would have had separate books for each of Jorgs years, but then I suppose to have lived even more years with Jorg, the ending would have been absolutely devastating. For the series he wrote and the length, the ending was perfectly chosen.

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

This narrator does an EXCELLENT job! I didn't even think twice about getting the audible book as opposed to reading it. He uses different voices/inflections for the different characters, even does a fantastic girl voice!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The antics of Jorg would continually make me chuckle and smile. Smile that he was so completely genius and brilliant in his scheming.

Any additional comments?

If you like slightly dark humour, blood shed, or just want a book to get so absorbed in that you lose yourself entirely. Get this series, get it, live it, love it. Mourn it once its over.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The narrator in this series was outstanding! I will be looking for more of his content. His ability to change his voice for each character makes them instantly recognizable so there is no guessing who is speaking. I can't say enough good about him! Thank you James Clamp for this thoroughly exciting experience.

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Weaker than its predecessor but a great conclusion

People looking to listen to this novel are probably quite familiar with jorg ancrath and the plot style of the broken empire series by this point. The author will tell several stories taking place at different times that tie together at the end. The second novel executes this better than the first and this one. The plot doesn't flow as well here and chella's story does not provide much to the plot. The series is narrated wonderfully from beginning to end. Speaking of the end, the book's ending is anticlimactic and a bit nonsensical. Overall despite its flaws the broken empire is one of my favorite fantasy series and it gets a solid send off.

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"Watch Me" as the amazing journey ends

The journey of Jorg to the emperor's throne has been a long torturous road. Jorg starting as a very unlikable character has slowly redeemed himself with each new installment. He has remained heartless and brutal at times, but our young prince of thorns has also found that he can truly care for something other than his own self, and the revenge he has carried for years. The jumping back and forth through time, again weaves the story and the motives for Jorg's actions, leading up to an outstanding ending that you can see coming, but are dreading the thought of having to cope with it. Then there it is, a surprise that makes everything bearable. James Clamp is outstanding with his characterization of Jorg, and I enjoyed the comic relief at times, that I don't think I could have read in to the story myself. I'll listen to this series more than once, it's that good.

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  • debbie
  • charleston, WV, United States
  • 06-05-17

The end blew me away!

This is the third book , it was good but the end just flipped me out. It was so convoluted , would have never predicted the ending. Wish there were more like this

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Wow

Holy smokes, that was awesome! Seriously, way different and well worth it. And that ending!

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Mark Lawrence is in my top five writers all time

Love the broken empire series. Mark Lawrence pulls you in and doesn't let go. I love the darkness to jorg and the unflappable decision making. No think just do. The red queens war was excellent also. please do more on the series. PLEASE!!! narrator clamp played jorg to perfection. I could feel and understand the characters emotions because of clamps fine fine work. wonderful altogether

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Amazing ending to an intriguing series

I really enjoy the dark story and following Jorg on his journey to the emperors throne. The ending was a good twist on the series and wrapped up the story well.

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Fantastic conclusion to a great series

Where does Emperor of Thorns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

pretty high

What did you like best about this story?

characters and all of Jorg's quotes

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

a few but the ending most of all

Any additional comments?

I really wasn't sure I was going to like this series. Jorg is not a nice person but he grows on you anyway.

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fantastic read/listening

gaaaaaahhhhh! It's not grand or epic like the Cosmere , The Wheel of Time or even The Black Company but what a universe with possibility. The world was so real and convincing despite being quite fantastical.
The story sucks you in trying to anticipate the next moment. I particularly enjoyed the way the story was told, with the present interspersed into the past until it catches up with the present.
The series was a little grizzly in places but not excessive in detail .