Prince of Thorns pdf book is the first volume in the The Broken Empire Trilogy of fantasy novels written by American-British author Mark Lawrence.
Set in post-apocalyptic Europe, the trilogy follows the life of Jorg Ancrath as he goes from scorned prince to Emperor; using whatever means necessary.
Prince of Thorns pdf Book Summary – Mark Lawrence
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 imagination?
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Prince of Thorns pdf Book Author – Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence the author of Prince of Thorns pdf Book is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.
Prince of thorns pdf Book Information
- Publisher : Ace; Illustrated edition (July 31, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937007685
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937007683
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,297 in Coming of Age Fantasy (Books)
- #1,845 in Dark Fantasy
- #2,580 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3,810 ratings
Prince of thorns pdf Book Reviews
“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
Review from Amazon Verified Buyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence as a terrific reputation as an author and I’d just spent money
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
I’d never read a Mark Lawrence novel before and thought I’d give this one a shot. I was very confused when I started the book. I thought it was supposed to be about a prince trying to recover his throne. However as I read the first chapter it seemed to be about a murderer and rapist. I thought that maybe I was getting a chapter from the antagonist’s point of view. Then I started chapter two and it was the same POV from the same villain. I stopped reading part way through chapter two when the protagonist described a rape he’d participated in. I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to read 300 pages about this @#$# @#$%$.
If it had been an unknown author, I probably would have stopped at that point. However, Lawrence as a terrific reputation as an author and I’d just spent money on a book and was ticked off that I’d only read a chapter and a half. So I kept reading.
And it kept getting better. And better. And better. As it turns out there a reason why the protagonist is a murdering @#$#%.
The writing is excellent. The story is engrossing. The world building is intriguing. Lawrence writes terrific action scenes to top it off.
Be forewarned, the book is very grim and very dark. If you can get past that, I think you’ll love the novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars the start I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2018
Prince Jorg starts off as a completely unsympathetic character and at the start I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. The more I read though, the further I got sucked in. There are times he’s difficult to understand, he goes from cold to hot at the blink of an eye, he’s surrounded himself with the worst of the worst and he takes lives without flinching. Sounds fairly horrible, right? As you read on it becomes clear that a childhood tragedy and the manipulations of magic have had a huge hand in shaping him to be who he is and while it’s not always “okay” it’s understandable. The best part of his personality is his wit, in my opinion.
At this point I can’t wait to read the next book in the series because I just have to know what happens next. The writing is solid and the characters are compelling although I do think our anti-hero was probably written about four years younger than he should be considering his abilities. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series consider this one, bearing in mind that the world of the Prince of Thorns is a brutal, bloody place.
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story about a boy who makes bad decisions, and does not repent.
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2022
This story has very graphic content that may be incredibly unpleasant, or not tolerable to read. Given the setting of the book, there is a great deal of violence of many kinds, the first chapter has a town burned, and the villagers murdered and or violated. I will spoil no more, but do not continue if such themes are not something you wish to have a book include.
If you have heard of Kentaro Miura and the manga Berserk, know that this story follows a similar theme in the portrayal of life in a Medieval setting of sorts. Another comparison would be Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I do not compare the stories as each is enjoyable in their own right, and the authors are each talented.
What I mean by drawing comparisons between Berserk, and Game of Thrones is the world the characters live in. People are killed, villages are burned and sacked, women are raped and children see parents killed before their eyes. It’s a harsh and unforgiving world, and just like Berserk ard Game of Thrones, this isn’t hidden from the reader.
Ignorance and superstition is rampant. Women at this time are treated like little more than property, and if you cannot defend yourself and stop someone from taking everything you own, you will lose everything.
I enjoyed this book heartily. I have enjoyed Game of Thrones and Berserk as well, because I enjoy a grimdark setting. However I can understand that such a setting will turn many people off from the story, which is absolutely fine. If you do not like Game of Thrones or Berserk because of some of the explicit content portrayed in both stories, then give this a pass. If you enjoy those stories, this is in that same vein.
Excellent story, eager to begin the next. This was recommended to me by a friend because he knows how much I enjoy Berserk. This is an excellent story in that kind of world: dark and violent, and the protagonist balances between antihero and villain. Think Renegade from Mass Effect, ends justify the means.
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