Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire Series #3)

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The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match...
 
King Jorg Ancrath is twenty now?and king of seven nations. His goal?revenge against his father?has not yet been realized, and the demons that haunt him have only grown stronger. Yet no matter how tortured his path, he intends to take the next step in his upward climb.
 
Jorg would be emperor. It is a ...

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Overview

The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match...
 
King Jorg Ancrath is twenty now—and king of seven nations. His goal—revenge against his father—has not yet been realized, and the demons that haunt him have only grown stronger. Yet no matter how tortured his path, he intends to take the next step in his upward climb.
 
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 plans to change that. He’s uncovered 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.
 

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At age 20, Jorg Ancrath is king of seven countries. Though he has not yet avenged himself against his father, he sets his sights on the position of emperor—a title acquired not through victory in battle but by the vote of the countries he would rule. No one has ever received enough votes to claim the throne of the emperor, but Jorg is determined to succeed. When he discovers that an adversary has appeared on the scene with powers that threaten his own, however, Jorg realizes that to clear his way to future power, he must first seek answers in his tortured past. The final volume in Lawrence's trilogy, which includes Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns, brings the epic tale of one man's path to power to a surprising yet fitting end. VERDICT Fans of epic and military fantasy should enjoy this tale that is set in a land similar to Europe in the Middle Ages and adds magic and ancient technologies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425256541
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Broken Empire Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 36,398
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

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. He is the author of The Broken Empire (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, Emperor of Thorns) and Prince of Fools: The Red Queen's War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    I picked up Prince of Thorns back in 2011 while browsing Amazon

    I picked up Prince of Thorns back in 2011 while browsing Amazon for a first-person fantasy novel. After reading The Name of the Wind I wanted to experience a book of similar quality. Character has always intrigued me more than plot, and I was, after all, writing from this perspective.  You’d be surprised how few truly well-written first-person narratives there are in this particular genre, and I can tell you now that Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy did not disappoint.




    The bloody tale of Jorg Ancrath spans three novels: The Prince of Thorns, the King of Thorns, and The Emperor of Thorns. The first novel is like the hushed quiet before a musician takes his stage; the eyes of the crowd trail behind him as he slowly mounts the platform and into the center of the audience’s attention. Onlookers lean forward as the player enters his second act, The King of Thorns. He touches a few pegs, checks that the microphone is plugged in, and settles himself before acknowledging his audience. Their suspense swells and fills the outward edges of the room. They sit, all rapt attention, yearning for the final act to come. Emperor of Thorns takes all these pieces and plays a lilting song, a dark song, and ties the books together in a melody of red. 




    The matter of genre is difficult to pin down: fantasy, dystopia, sci-fi…all these definitions fit neatly between the pages Mark Lawrence has written. I found it interesting that the world was not the medieval alternate universe I had first expected. True, there're plenty of magics, swords, and thatched buildings to be set afire. However, Mark built a world on top of ours where the sea levels have risen from the wake of a nuclear war, and reality has shifted due to scientific meddling. The people living in the Broken Empire build their infrastructure around the bones of the long-since dead and much of technology is lost. As the story progresses, you learn more about the world and the role Jorg plays within its borders.




    At nine, Jorg watches his mother and brother die as he struggles against the chains of a hook-briar. At thirteen, he’s leading a band of “Road Brothers” to shed blood and sow salt. By fifteen, he is king and ready to carve his place as Emperor of the Broken Empire.




    Jorg is no hero, nor is he an anti-hero in any typical sense. His path is his own, and he will not hesitate to maim and murder his way to the throne (even if it means dousing a few fires with the blood of friends). But he is not without remorse for certain characters he encounters as well. Jorg is a clever man with charming features who makes Vlad the Impaler and Napoleon Bonaparte look like cuddly stuffed teddy-bears by comparison.




    Getting the believability of such an evil character is no easy task; it takes a precise mixture empathy and viciousness to get the job done and Mark does so in seamless fashion. What’s more, the writing is imaginative, poetic, and puts the quotability of Henry David Thoreau to shame (not that I would ever read Walden again).




    "This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Don't think I will not spend you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me.




    Follow me, and I will break your heart." ¿ Mark Lawrence, Emperor of Thorns




    The books are a mix of storylines, one written from the present, one from the past, and another from someone else’s viewpoint depending on which book you’re reading. Generally speaking, I hate flashbacks. Normally they stilt the flow of the novel and are unnecessary in application, and I will admit I had a difficult time slogging through Katherine’s diary. But in this trilogy, the flashbacks work to create a fun little jig-saw puzzle that brings about a larger picture, an extra layer of fun, if you will.




    Jorg plays the part of a monarch much the same way a chess player might move his pieces across the board: anything that pins him only makes him weaker, and he has no trouble with sacrificing a pawn or three to get what he desires. Where other chess players might hesitate, Jorg does not. He plays a ruthless hand which often makes him appear reckless, but to think as such would be a mistake. No. The moment you think you have him cornered is the moment you find yourself without a head.




    Mark Lawrence’s trilogy is a breath of fresh air in a genre where characters often fall flat, and you will not have to worry about the middle book (or the other books) sagging like so many other trilogies have. If you read nothing else this year, I invite you to read Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire series.  

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Best. Book. Ever.

    One of my favorite books, and indeed trilogies, I have ever read. And that's saying something.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    One of the best fantasy trilogies I have ever read. Jorg is a br

    One of the best fantasy trilogies I have ever read. Jorg is a brutal and ruthless but yet you will still find yourself rooting for him. I would recommend this series to both fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    Great book. This series was really well done. Jorg doesn't chang

    Great book. This series was really well done. Jorg doesn't change & stays the same ruthless villain that he is. This is a refreshing change from bad guys that turn into good guys. Jorg is a realistic character, knows what he wants & goes after it. The only part of the story I didn't car for was the "dead king" turned out to be his dead brother. I thought his brother would've been too young. The end will surprise you, I didn't see it coming. I look forward to reading other works by Mr. Lawrence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Vicious by motivated

    This is a great ending to a fantastic trilogy. While I am sad to see Jorgs story end, I can't imagime a better fair well.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    JORG IS A CHARACTER NOT SOON FORGOTTEN I enjoy the character of

    JORG IS A CHARACTER NOT SOON FORGOTTEN
    I enjoy the character of Jorg Ancrath; intelligent, calculating, arrogant, bitter, decisive, violent, explosive and possessed of a dark but self deprecating sense of humor. He appears to be prone to senseless violent outbursts that we later discover are actions calculated to advance an objective or goal. Jorg considers himself a monster due in large part to his guilt from surviving the ambush that killed his brother, his involvement in the death of his half brother, the thousands of people he killed to obtain and defend his kingdom, and his fear of the influence of his cold, sadistic, dictatorial father. The setting of this story is Jorg’s trek to Vyene for Congression and the thirty-third attempt to elect an emperor. His traveling companions include his wife, Miana, and child, his longtime love interest and aunt, Katherine, his friend and councilor, Lord Makin, his chaplain, Gorst, and his dark, attractive enemy, the necromancer Chella. As in the previous two books, the author employs flashbacks of events that have provided Jorg with some confidence that he will achieve his goal of becoming emperor and saving his empire from the Dead King. Through his pursuit of this goal, Jorg exhibits courage, heroism, and familial love and achieves release from his inner demons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Highly reccomended

    Lawrence hooks you from the beginning of the series all the way to the end. I had a hard time putting the books down. The way he carefully reveals each character is new and original. He recommend this series to any reader of fantasy, especially those who enjoy Joe Abercrombie's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    I have bought book one and two of king of Thorn, and I love it a

    I have bought book one and two of king of Thorn, and I love it and now I have buy the third book now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Anon

    Great read. Not on par with The Name of the Wind but then, there can be only one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Great

    This whole series is fantastic...dark and disturbing and extremely well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Elvish City

    The City of the Eladrin, known as Dasini. It is mostly populated by the Eladrin, although there are a few Celdarin, or Wood Elves living here, as well as the odd human.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    recomend

    I enjoyed the trilogy. Not super but good and worth the time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Great

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Awesome Ending

    Thank you Mr. Lawrence for a great story and most of all for the ending. Who would have thought that Jorg could be redeemed?!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    W

    Willow whimpered loudly, shutting her eyes.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Meria

    Rests

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Very good conclusion, really could not have ended any other way

    Very good conclusion, really could not have ended any other way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    A must read

    YES best book in a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

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