As the Hundred rulers of the Broken Empire squabble amongst themselves at the Congression in Vyene to elect an Emperor, the Dead King and his legions enter the city, while the data-ghosts of the Builders decide whether or not to exterminate humanity. Jorg Ancrath, the disinherited Prince (and now King) of Thorns is the only one who can save the Broken Empire. Mark Lawrence does not disappoint readers in this excellent final book of the trilogy as the story twists and turns before reaching an unexpected yet very fitting conclusion. And no, Mark Lawrence, you won’t have to eat cold tinned catfood any time soon (you’ll need to read the epilogue for an explanation!) ;-)
This book exceeded all expectations. I liked the first book: Prince of Thorns, but something prevented it from being one of my favorites. This one, however, completely blew me away. I loved every bit of it and found it hard to put down. When I did manage to put it down I found myself thinking about it during the day and wondering what Jorg would do next. He's just as unpredictable as he was in the first book, but the hint of a maturing young boy is evident and really helped me like him more. Jorg doesn't seem quite so petulant in this book, but he's still got the sharpest edge of any main protagonist that I've come across. On top of that, Mark Lawrence certainly knows how to write an ending. Wow!
I have recommended this to friends and they loved it as much as I did. Now on to Emperor of Thorns to see how it all raps up.
A very good book overall. It had great character development and plenty of interesting dialogue. It's great how the author makes you root for the main character even though he is kind of an anti-hero.
It does flick back between current and past events quite a bit so that can be a bit confusing if you don't keep track properly or if you haven't read any of it for a few days and then pick up from a chapter that is set in the past.
When I finished reading it I bought the next book in the series straight away as I needed to know how the end of the story unfolds. I think just goes to show that this is a great book because it leaves you wanting more.
After following Jorges blood thirsty journey through Prince of Thorns I was keen to see if this compelling character would win his quest to become King or meet his bloody end and was not disappointed. Jorg is a complex character with little or no redeeming features in Prince of Thorns but in the sequel there are some notes of compassion and hints of a better man hidden beneath the ruthless and driven man. At times you hate him - is the evil in him is due to sorcery or his upbringing or is he just a horrible human being? Waiting patiently for Emperor of Thorns to go on sale to find the answers.
This second book - which admittedly I am only part way through - keeps up the pace and the interest of Prince of Thorns. You'll either love or hate Jorg (personally I'm in the former camp), but whichever it is, you won't be able to deny Mark Lawrence's brilliant character development. I love his touch of putting Jorg's description of one of his "brothers" at the beginning of each chapter, and his subtle references to things which we live with now...look out for the Star Trek reference in chapter 10 of this book, you have to be a trekkie to spot it! A great read, looking forward to more.