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King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns

by Mark Lawrence

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Series: The Broken Empire (2)

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It was an okay read. I haven't been impressed as much as other people below me on the offensive content. I guess I must be some sort of madman to enjoy this book, but it kinda helps to know there's someone willing to cross the threshold of correctness in a fantasy title. It's quite a refreshing experience from the humdrum fantasy cliches, but still doesn't fail to fall into a couple of them especially towards the end, and regarding the cast, well, I can't say they're not exactly lacking something.
In my opinion, the ones who would benefit the most from this book are those familiar with the "Berserk" manga. If you wish Guts hadn't turned soft all of a sudden in the middle of his revenge journey, this read is definitely up your alley. ( )
  0bluda | Mar 4, 2018 |
This book is, in almost every way, better than the first. The world-building and how magic can exist when these books take place in a post-apocalyptic future is more thoroughly explained. Jorg's personality and decisions are called into question. Were they really his own? Or was he guided by others for most of his life? Is he really the reprehensible man we all know because of who he is, or because he was molded that way? Ultimately we don't know. It's up to the reader to believe how much of Jorg is "nature vs. nurture" if you will.

The writing was beautiful, the small glimpses into the history of the world are great, and Jorg is as always an entertaining badass who takes no shit from anyone, only now he actually has grown up a bit. Enough to know regret, and enough to understand loss and remorse. Even if they're only small doses compared to a well-adjusted human being, they are definitely a sign of growth and change.

Katherine appears in the story mostly through first-person diary entries, which are actually quite good. I found myself liking her character quite a lot.

Other than that, don't know what to say. Read my review of the first book. It's mostly more of the same, while adding to Jorg and Katherine's respective depth as characters.

And I said it when I read the first book and I'll say it again. These remind me so much of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy but far more entertaining and accessible. If you tried reading those and like them in theory but have had trouble getting into them, I would highly recommend this series. ( )
  ForeverMasterless | Apr 23, 2017 |
4.5 / 5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
Might be five. Gotta think. review later ( )
  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
Dark but fun ( )
  mgriel | Jan 18, 2016 |
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In genre reading I tend to look first to story or character, pushing aside the need for beautiful prose and clever structures. I want to be transported to another world, to experience the impossible. King of Thorns does this, but it also does so much more,

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Mark Lawrenceprimary authorall editionscalculated
Chan, JasonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clamp, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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After finding ancient, magical artifacts hidden in a chamber beneath the castle, King Jorg plots to use them against the twenty thousand members of the enemy's approaching army.

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