King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

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In Book One of the Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence brought to life the “morbidly gripping”* (Publishers Weekly) story of a boy in search of power and vengeance. Now, in King of Thorns, that boy’s journey into manhood takes him to the dark depths waiting within his soul…

The boy who would be King has gained the throne...

Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath vowed when he was nine to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen—and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery.

King Jorg is a man haunted: by the ghost of a young boy, by a mysterious copper box, by his desire for the woman who rides with his enemy. Plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he committed, and of the atrocities committed against him when he was a child, he is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than him. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight.

But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain—all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle...

About Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence is a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments. At one point, he was qualified to say, “This isn’t rocket science—oh wait, it actually is.” Married with four children, he lives in Bristol.
Published August 7, 2012 by Ace. 458 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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I think I'll pick these two books up since I'm looking for something to read now that I've plowed through all the Game of Thrones books.

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Starburst Magazine

Jorg Ancrath first stormed into bookshops last year in Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns (if you haven’t read it, do so, then come back to this review) and was quickly hailed by many as fantasy’s greatest anti-hero.

Aug 29 2012 | Read Full Review of King of Thorns (THE BROKEN EM...

It took me the upside of a month to read this book.

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The Ranting Dragon

One interesting thing to mention is that, while last month seemed to be Orbit’s month, this month is definitely an Angry Robot month.

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The Ranting Dragon

It’s that time of year again, the time when every book review site tells you what their favorite books of the year were.

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