Book Review: Emperor of Thorns

Emperor of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 399 pages
2013, Ace
ISBN: 9780425256541

King Jorg Ancrath is making his way towards Vyene to vote with the rest of The Hundred on who should be named Emperor. This time, Jorg cannot stand against an army with impossible odds; he must persuade his fellow kings to vote for him if he wants the title. When none have agreed in living memory, can Jorg succeed?

Blurbing a series is hard! I expect if you’re reading this, you’ve read the trilogy already, or at least the first two books. As usual, Lawrence has crafted an addicting read, though it did take me almost a whole month to finish thanks to the dreadful slump I was in.

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Book Review: King of Thorns

King of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 419 pages
2013, Ace
ISBN: 9780425256237

Having conquered his uncle’s lands, Jorg must now keep them from others who seek to gain territories and become emperor. Eighteen now, Jorg is a king, but he is still plagued by dreams of his dark past. If he wants to keep his kingdom, he needs to fight his inner demons and come up with a plan to defy the odds of the battle before him.

If it’s not already apparent, this is the sequel to Prince of Thorns. Amidst the main storyline, once more we have flashbacks from Jorg, so the story is also about what took place after he begins ruling his uncle’s lands and before the battle he finds himself fighting four years later. This is a solid sequel, but the timeline did trip me up a bit in this one. On top of the two periods of Jorg’s life, there are also diary entries from Katherine that span a good part of the four years of Jorg’s flashbacks.

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Book Review: Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 319 pages
2012, Ace
ISBN: 9781937007683

After watching his mother and brother murdered, young Jorg leaves his father’s castle and finds himself among a band of bloodthirsty bandits. By age thirteen he’s their leader and hell-bent on seeking revenge and claiming his role as heir to the throne of Ancrath. But to do that, he must once again face his father and survive the trickery of the court mage.

Yo, this book was really good. Real talk, I bought it last July and left it on my shelves to collect dust (“Like you do to all of us!” my books moan at me) until Mark Lawrence commented on the IG picture I posted when I hauled it. I immediately felt guilty and added it to my April TBR and I’m so glad I did.

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