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Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns

(Book #1 in The Broken Empire series)


Book Overview: Prince of Thorns


"Prince of Thorns deserves attention as the work of an iconoclast who seems determined to turn that familiar thing, Medievalesque Fantasy Trilogy, entirely on its head."--Locus

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 imagining?

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"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

Mark Lawrence is an acclaimed British author renowned for his expertise in crafting captivating fantasy novels. He was born on January 1, 1966, and has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Imperial College, London. He spent years in research science, specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning before devoting his interest and passion to the craft of writing. Mark's deep understanding of complex systems and intricate structures is vividly reflected in the rich world-building and detailed plotlines of his works. Best known for the Broken Empire series, including the best-seller "Prince of Thorns", and the Red Queen’s War trilogy, Mark Lawrence has created an undisputed place for himself in the realm of contemporary fantasy writing. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and his strong narrative voice, along with elaborate character development, has earned him a devoted international fan base. Despite the time taken to write his masterpieces, Mark Lawrence managed to juggle his writing career alongside a full-time job, until he decided to retire early from his research career to focus solely on writing. Known for his compelling storytelling, Lawrence’s work resonates with readers for its blend of intense emotion, vibrant imagery, and thought-provoking themes. His deep love for writing and innovative narrative style continues to engage readers around the world, making him a vanguard in the realm of fantasy literature.

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