Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns

Book rating: 04 Paperback Broken Empire

By (author) Dr Dr Mark Lawrence

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  • Publisher: Ace Books
  • Format: Paperback | 319 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 30mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1937007685
  • ISBN 13: 9781937007683
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 1,705

Product description

When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. At thirteen, he led a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king... It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what's rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar's men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him--and he has nothing left to lose. But treachery awaits him in his father's castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?

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Author information

Mark Lawrence is a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments. At one point, he was qualified to say, "This isn't rocket science--oh wait, it actually is." Married with four children, he lives in Bristol.

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By Betule Sairafi 12 Sep 2014 4

Reading this, I was so impressed with the... pacing? Not that I understand book things like "pacing" or "climax." All I know is that it was a joy to begin a new chapter!

I wish I had known earlier that the setting is future-where-technology-is-gone-and-it-seems-like-the-past, though. I won't say post-apocalyptic. It was bugging me that sometimes it was pure fantasy, and sometimes there's mention of Plato or India or Jesus. When I realized what was going on, I started having a lot more fun! The other thing that was bugging me got explained nicely, too. I think this series is only going to get better!

Review quote

"This is a lean, cold knife-thrust of a novel, a revenge fantasy anchored on the compelling voice and savage purpose of its titular Prince. There is never a safe moment in Lawrence's debut." -Robert Redick, author of "The Red Wolf Conspiracy" "Dark and relentless, the Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two in the morning page turner." -Robin Hobb, author of "The Inheritance" "Vivid...smooth and compelling... gritty and full of wonder. This book is brilliant." -Galaxy Book Reviews "Disturbing, Beautiful, Chaotic, Poetic, Haunting, Exhilarating." -Fantasy Faction "Without a doubt the most original and most memorable fantasy debut of 2011. It's difficult to imagine how another book could top this one."