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Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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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 position not to...
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Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire Series #3)

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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: 9781101624937
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Broken Empire Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 10,794
  • File size: 2 MB

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 6 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2014

    Leonidas

    Nick name:leo
    Age:16
    Powers:combat and some bending stuff
    Markings:scars two of them are one above the side of his lip and the other one just above the edge of eyebrow at a slant

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Blakes bio

    Name- Blake. Looks- long black hair that is usually in a side braid, weares a ripped old dress. Personality- shy, easily frightened and not easliky won over. Power/special obilities- her left check has small swirls and words. (Words are- i have only seen and known the hurt and teoubles of this world). Power- no clue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Marie Therese

    Name- Marie Therese <p> Age-16 <p> Blood Nationality- Kennetran <p> Ability- Telekinisis <p> Ability Weakness- The small of her back <p> Rank-Outside Elite <p> Age which I discovered my ability-14 <p> History- No thanks. <p> Family- Nice try. <p> Mark- Blue streaks in her hair. <p> Other- Nope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Maria's Bio

    Name~*cough cough* <br> Age~16 <br> Gender~ &female <p> Abilities~Can freeze anything or turn anything into snow,ice, or freezing water can even make a snowstorm <br> Appearance~Paler with burnt feet and blonde wavy hair with silver streaks. She also has blue eyes tat have a small fleck of purple <br> Weakness for Ability~There is a spot on her foot if you step hard enough he will crumble in pain <br> Rank~? <br> Family~Dead except her frozen mother ^-^ <br> Discovering Powers~When she was fourteen her mom would treat her bad but when she turned fifteen it was it and she accidently froze her permanately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Cecelia's bio

    Name:Cecelia<p>Age:16<p>Gender:girl.<p>Rank:not sure.....<p>Blood Nationality:Kenettran.<p>Age When Discovered Power:13<p>Marking:red hair the color of blood.<p>Ability:manipulate fire.<p>Weakness:a spot right over her heart that if cut she will die within moments.<p>History:....<p>Family:dead.<p>Other:ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Karina's Bio

    Nane~ Karina <br> Age~ 16 <br> Gender~ &female <br> Rank~ I don't know yet.. <br> Mark~ On her right shoulder blade, she has a birthmark of a cresent moon, and 3 stars surrounding it. <br> Ability~ She can manipulate shadows, or darkness if you must. <br> Age when sge found out ability~ she was just 13, she was playing with her friend, when an unoticed shadow was following them. <br> Weakness~ When you stab, or other harmful things, her on her left forearm she will die in an instant. <br> Looks~ She has pake skin, with a slender built, her eyes are an icy blue. Karina has blonde hair, which has black streaks in it. <br> Famiky~ They all are deceased. <br> Other~ Ask nicely!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Adrianna's bio

    Name:Adrianna;<p>Age:16;<p>Gender:Female;<p>Rank:Outside elite(I think);<p>Blood Nationality:Kenettran;<p>Age discovered the powers:13;<p>Marking:Her eyes are a very bright white around the pupil still alien to the regular white of the outsides of her eyes;<p>Ability:The ability to manipulate the darkness;<p>Ability weakness:Right under her right shoulder blade a little to the left;<p>History:She grew up with five brothers and out of them only one other was like her. On her thirteenth birthday the Inquisition found out and murdered her family right in front of her and barely escaped<p>;Family:Dead. Others are unknown;<p>Looks:Black wavy hair that goes 8 inches below her shoulder that is either let down or tied in a braid tht also seems to get darkerer the longer you stare at it,Her mark eyes,pale skin<p>;Height:5'6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Caterina's Bio 2.5

    /Caterina\<p>


    Name- Caterina. That's it. There is nothing else you need to know, now is there.<br>
    Age- 17<br>
    Gender- &female <br>
    Rank- Leader<br>
    Nationality- Kenettran<p>


    Ability- Matter manipulation. Caterina can break anything up into a discolored sand, and then build it back up into ehat ever she wants. She can turn a tea cup into a dagger, turn a saucer into water, daisy into blood, what ever you can think up. But, she has to craft it herself, so it can look kinda off if you look at it the wrong way. She needs to be precise in her work.<p>


    Mark- Her hair is an other worldly gold that no Kenettran could ever grow, and frankly, any human. Her hands are also charred from a fire that only she survived. This may or may not be true, but she does have scars on her hands.<p>


    Ability weakness- She needs to be atleast looking at the object to keep it's shape intact. If she looks away for a few seconds, it's okay, but the maximum is about 30 seconds.<p>


    Caterina discovered her ability when she was 13. She was with her brother at the time, who had already developed his powers. He trained her for six months, until he died in the fire.<p>



    History- to complicated. And top secret.<p>


    Family- One brother. And she had a mom and a dad at one point, obviously. She will tell you nothing else.<p>


    Relationship status- Uh, no.<p>


    Theme song- Take Me to Church by Hozier or If You're Out There by John Legend<p>


    Other- Do not ask about any of her past. Warning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    A meh ending to a great journey

    The whole series seems to be building to a huge battle on an epic scake at the end, but that doesn't happen. The ending is very small scale, unimaginative, and abrupt. I was left thinking "wait, is that it? It's over already?" Like the title says it was a somewhat (mostlywhat) dissapointing ending to a series that takes the readers on a great journey.

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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 &amp; 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 &amp; goes after it. The only part of the story I didn't car for was the &quot;dead king&quot; 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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