Broken Empire

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,222 ratings

Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1 Publisher's Summary

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night.

All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse. From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve him a future with all hands turned against him. Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.

©2012 Mark Lawrence (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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  • Book 1

    • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 304
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 282

    Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dark, violent, sarcastic and unapologetic about it

    • By lum on 08-21-12

    Regular price: $16.77

    • Prince of Thorns

    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: James Clamp
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,927
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,717

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It sticks in your head.

    • By Door on 09-07-13

    Regular price: $20.26

  • Book 2

    • King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2

    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All time favourite.

    • By Anonymous User on 04-25-18

    Regular price: $15.45

    • King of Thorns

    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: James Clamp
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still no Unicorns ,,, but

    • By Todd on 05-27-14

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • Emperor of Thorns

    • A Broken Empire Novel
    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: James Clamp
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entire Adoration

    • By Just Marvel Me on 02-03-14

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Emperor of Thorns

    • The Broken Empire, Book 3
    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Verry good

    • By Anonymous User on 05-29-17

    Regular price: $15.45

    • The Secret

    • A Broken Empire Tale
    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    "The Secret" is set in the world where the Broken Empire and Red Queen's War trilogies take place. I've been writing short stories based on the various members of Jorg Ancrath's brotherhood of the road, exploring their origins. When I saw that the Blackguards anthology was seeking tales of assassins, I thought it was time to write about Brother Sim.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Road Brothers

    • By: Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Sean Ohlendorf
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A volume of short stories by the best-selling author of The Broken Empire series, Mark Lawrence This is a collection of 14 stories of murder, mayhem, pathos, and philosophy, all set in the world of the Broken Empire. Within this audiobook, you will find tales of men such as Red Kent, Sir Makin, Rike, Burlow and the Nuban, telling of their origins and the events that forged them.

    Regular price: $15.34