This week’s book is Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. This was a reread for me. Mark Lawrence is one of my favourite authors, and this was the book that hooked me on his writing. I remember hearing all the hype about PoT and being blown away when I finally got my hands on a copy.
Fantasy, and largely all fiction, is about making something that has already been done seem new and fresh. Broken Empire trilogy does this marvellously. It takes place is a Post apocalypse fantasy world. In this world there are numerous warring empires vying for the one throne. This is nothing new, and yet Lawrence pulls both off extremely well.
Yet Jorg as a character is where i fell in love with the book. Simply put he’s a jerk. He’s violent, kills and maims without remorse. Yet you find yourself rooting for him. The reader makes excuses for his actions and doesn’t hold him up to the same standard as other protagonists. He’s not a hero. but he’s my hero.
He’s like a forest fire that burns away deadwood. You wouldn’t want to come in contact with it but it’s good for the world in the long run.
Lawrence’s prose is very solid, engaging and at many times poetic. The book is a quick read, especially by fantasy standards, around 300 pages. The plot races ahead, easy to follow and extremely engaging.
I would recommend it to anyone that likes dark fantasy. There is a large amount of violence and other disturbing content, which may put some people off but if you can get through that then you are in for a seriously good read.
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