Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns

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BOOK ONE IN THE BROKEN EMPIRE TRILOGY "Prince of Thorns deserves attention as the work of an iconoclast who seems determined to turn that familiar thing, Medievalesque Fantasy Trilogy, entirely on its head."--Locus When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 319 pages
  • 110 x 188 x 23mm | 163g
  • Ace Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Maps
  • 1937007685
  • 9781937007683
  • 7,726

Review Text

When he was nine, he watched his mother and brother killed before him. By the time he was 13, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By 15, he intends to be king. It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on and take what's rightfully his.
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"Prince of Thorns is the best book I've read all year...[Lawrence] pulls you in and doesn't let go."--Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Skull Throne "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 River of Shadows "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 Assassin's Fate "[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale."--Publishers Weekly "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."--RisingShadows.net "2011 is turning into another year for impressive genre debuts, but at this point Prince of Thorns is arguably the most impressive and stunning...Highly recommended."--SFFworld.com "Defies the conventions of epic fantasy by invoking them only to take a savage delight in tearing them apart."--Locus
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About Dr Mark Lawrence

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." He is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, and Emperor of Thorns), the Red Queen's War trilogy (Prince of Fools, The Liar's Key, and The Wheel of Osheim) and the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Sister).
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Rating details

65,128 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 32% (20,828)
4 37% (23,967)
3 21% (13,835)
2 7% (4,277)
1 3% (2,221)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
by Betule Sairafi
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