King of Thorns (Broken Empire Series #2)

King of Thorns (Broken Empire Series #2)

by Mark Lawrence

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In book two of the Broken Empire trilogy, the boy who would be king has gained the throne—but the crown is a heavy weight to bear...

At age nine, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath vowed to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and to punish his father for not doing so. At fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now, at eighteen, he must fight for what he has taken by torture and treachery.

Haunted by the pain of his past, and plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he has committed, King Jorg is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, an overwhelming enemy force marches on his castle.

Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But he has found a long-hidden cache of ancient artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain—all he knows is that their secrets can be put to terrible use in the coming battle...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425256237
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Broken Empire Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 33,660
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Lawrence is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy, the Red Queen's War trilogy, and the Book of the Ancestor series. He is a former 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.

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"Definitely a series that will hit with a bang."
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"Mark Lawrence's wonderful prose is vivid without being flowery, succinct without being plain. He pulls you in and doesn't let go."
New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett

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King of Thorns 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
Good book! This is the 2nd in the series & I did'nt think it was good as the first. Jorg our ruthless "hero" stays the same & we get to meet the "brothers" in more detail. Mr. Lawrence does try to let you know when he is going back in time, but it becomes disjointed at times, making the shift between past & present confusing. At times he can focus too much detail of the land which can get a little boring. Over all a solid read.
Mazarkis More than 1 year ago
King Jorg celebrates his wedding day but all is not auspicious: the Prince of Arrow has surrounded the Haunt with thousands of men. On his way to becoming emperor, the prince will defeat all and any in his path - and Jorg is in the way. Jorg has a necromantic power he does not want, a mysterious copper box he fears to open, and a ghost who haunts him in private moments. His new, determined wife is an intriguing addition to the mix - young but fearsome - and Katherine has her own, most welcome point of view. Chella the necromancer appears again, and new characters are added, both allies and enemies. King of Thorns, like Prince of Thorns, is a tale told on many levels. First, the battle plays out in breathless action and presents a series of strategic puzzles to be solved. Second, the pages of Katherine's diary, which are found blowing through the mountain valleys, are similarly scattered throughout the book. Third, intense flashbacks bring Jorg in contact with his family and new allies. Told in Lawrence's trademark, lush prose, and never ceasing to surprise, King of Thorns pushes young Jorg ever more towards adulthood. I strongly recommend this book.
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Really enjoyed the main characters arc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the last book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your typical fantasy trilogy. Very well written! Great character in this anti-hero Jorg Ancrath!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series! Hard to put down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still getting used to the writing style, but the story is pretty entertaining.
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King Jorg somehow finds a way to make you root for him as a reader despite his brutality. He is bold, rash, relentless, ruthless and shameless in pursuit of power and vengeance. I love falling in love with characters and King Honorous Jorg Ancrath skyrocketed to the very top of the list in Prince of Thorns and only got better in the second installment. You must read this book!!!!
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I enjoyed the deeper look into Jorg's madness and struggles.
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I love the first book and I love the second I can't wait to read the third installment of the series. It's too good to miss out on
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline is a little hard to follow at times, but the way everything is written and laid out is masterfully done. It's a very dark and gritty tale that evokes both thought and emotion. This book and series is a great addition to any collection.
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