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
  • 106 x 172 x 30mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Ace Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Maps
  • 1937007685
  • 9781937007683
  • 3,153

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"This book is brilliant." --"Galaxy Book Reviews" "[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale." --"Publishers Weekly ""The best book I've read all year...[Lawrence] pulls you in and doesn't let go." --"New York Times "bestselling author Peter V. Brett ""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 "
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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)

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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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