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Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns (edition 2012)

by Mark Lawrence

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Title:Prince of Thorns
Authors:Mark Lawrence
Info:Harper Voyager (2012), Paperback, 416 sidor
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Jorg is not the normal kind of protagonist you see in everyday books. He's a prince but not the kind that saves the damsel in distress. If I'm being totally honest, Jorg would make his most cunning attempt to take advantage of the poor damsel. It was her own damn fault for being in distress because if there's one thing Jorg learned it's that altruism doesn't exist. His brother was smashed into the rocks and his mother was raped all the while Jorg was held in a prison of poisonous thorns. He's learned to accept that pain is a part of life, the only part that one can take for granted. One of my most favorite lines--
"“Tell me, tutor,' I said. 'Is revenge a science, or an art?”" ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 13, 2014 |
Full Review (very mild/minor spoilers referencing an event early in the book): http://tenaciousreader.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/prince-of-thorns-the-broken-empi...

My initial reaction when I finished was just. “Wow.” And as dark as the book was, and with Jorg, well, being Jorg, I wasn’t sure I could say I “enjoyed” the book just because the connotations that go with the word “enjoy” and the darkness of the book just dont seem to work well together. More time has passed since then and I think perhaps “intriguing” is a better word choice than “enjoyable”, but regardless, it is a story that I was completely absorbed with and one that I know I will continue on. I know that as time has passed and I have become slightly more detached from the story, I will find myself using the word “enjoy” just out of habit (because regardless of word choice, I am a huge fan of the book). As I said before, Jorg is such a unique character, that to have the tale told from his POV really lends a different perspective and tone to this than other books I have read. ( )
  tenaciousreader | May 24, 2014 |
Interesting. I'm not really sure how I feel about the end of it, and the main character's motivations or lack thereof... He really was the epitome of a psychopath.

I also did enjoy the little bits of post-apocalyptic that popped up, but it also made me wonder how we got such a perfect feudal system in a very post-apocalyptic civilization. ( )
  lyrrael | May 18, 2014 |
This book was recommended to me by one of my (teenage) daughter's friends. He loved the book. Loved the whole series. Couldn't stop raving about it even though it was the first time we'd met and five minutes before he'd been too shy to look me in the eye.

So... maybe I went into this with my expectations a bit too high. I did not love this book as much as he did.

That's not to say I didn't like it. I did. And I think that if I were still 15 or 16 I would love it the same way I loved Dragonlance novels at that time. There were a lot of great phrases that I underlined in my copy on my Kobo and I read it all the way through (which these days is not a small thing. I've become very 'high maintenance' in my reading habits), but I don't think I'll be picking up the next book in the series. I don't think there is anything "wrong" with this book, it just didn't sink its teeth into me deep enough. ( )
  RhondaParrish | May 9, 2014 |
If you like fantasy, particularly dark fantasy, I cannot recommend a book any higher than to say, move Prince of Thorns to the top of your reading list NOW.

This book was incredibly well written. The plot is well thought out and developed and the pacing was excellent. But more than that, it's a magnificent example of first person narrative. The setting is not what you initially expect, and there is an aspect to it that is slowly revealed in a way that I thought was absolutely fucking brilliant. I was thrilled.

The main character, Jorg, is pretty despicable. Typically these types of anti-heroes are really hard to write well. He has to be appropriately psychotic but somehow the reader still likes him, or at least doesn't hate him. Or at least is really hoping he'll succeed despite what a horrible person he is. This, in my experience, is the rarest type of character in fiction. Any fiction. So I get really excited when it's done so amazingly well.

All in all, I literally could not put this book down. I read the whole thing in one day and was up with it till 2 am because I simply couldn't go to bed without finding out what happened and how things played out. ( )
  Mistress_Bedlam | Mar 6, 2014 |
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Prince of Thorns is 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
added by mark32 | editRisingShadow.net, Sami Airola (Feb 27, 2011)
"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"

added by mark32 | editRobert V.S Redick
"Dark and relentless, the Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two in the morning page turner."
added by mark32 | editRobin Hobb
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence is the best fantasy read I’ve had since Alan Campbell’s Scar Night. It got hold of me from page one and didn’t let go...
The Prince of Thorns is an apt title for young Jorg - as a character he is not heroic at all. He is twisted and violent, calculating and merciless. Yet I couldn't stop reading - regardless how many times Lawrence's brilliant descriptions made me wince and clasp my hand to my mouth in disbelief. It was freaking awesome!

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Voor Celyn, de beste delen zijn nooit kapot gegaan,
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"Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse."

Once a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg's bleak past has set him beyond fear of any man, living or dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him. The thorns taught him a lesson in blood...Copyright 2010, Mark Lawrence, All Rights Reserved.The Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging.

Mark Lawrence’s debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.
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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?… (more)

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