Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Prince of Thorns: By Mark Lawrence



When he was nine, he watched his mother and brother 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 was hung on the thorns of a briar patch and forced to watch 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, can the will of one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?


Prince of Thorns is a fantastic debut novel. It, like its main character, Prince Jorg, is curt, cruel, and action packed. Like Ari Marmell’s The Conquerors Shadow The Prince of Thorns takes readers from the perspective of a natural antagonist. Jorg is a ruthless, merciless, and out for revenge. He has killed, raped, pillaged, and yet readers will still find themselves rooting for him. He is evil and pitiful at the same time, he has seen the worst of death and laughed in its face.

Of course Jorg wasn’t the only impressive character in the book. I personally loved the Nubian and Sir Makin. They each had an odd mixture of honor and savagery that was fascinating to read. And with Makin’s sense of humor and terrific balance to Jorg’s ruthlessness, Lawrence out did himself.

Lawrence also did a fantastic job creating enough action to keep even the least attentive reader engaged. Jorg goes from one life threatening situation to another, but Lawrence does it in a way that allows the story to flow through, instead of in a kind of piece-mail fashion that appears in some books when they try to insert large quantities of action into their books without mapping out it’s significance first.

All in all Prince of Thorns was a great book. I don’t know what’s next for Lawrence to write about as it felt more like a stand alone than a series, but I would certainly pick up a copy and would easily recommend The Prince of Thorns to those loving a good bloodbath with a ruthless and fascinating protagonist

8.5 out of 10


Publisher: Ace

Published: August 2, 2011

Price: $25.95

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