Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns

eBook - 2011
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After witnessing the murder of his mother and brother and leading a band of bloodthirsty thugs, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath returns to his father's castle and his birthright, but faces treachery and dark magic once he arrives.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781101540411
Characteristics: 1 online resource : map.


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Aug 20, 2018

Okay, there’s this prince, see, and everyone wants him dead, and he wants everyone who wants him dead, dead, and there are a lot of battles and blood, and oh my he’s got quite the attitude problem. He doesn’t even bother to learn the name of one of his major sidekicks. This is epic fantasy in its darkest vein, a sort of anti-LOTR where it’s impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys and we’re not even sure who the “orcs” (Leucrota) are fighting for or why. About a third of the way through, the author starts dropping hints that this “Medieval European” world is not quite what it seems – eventually with horrific results. Fun reading, in the way that a gruesome train wreck is interesting to read about long after the fact.

May 25, 2018

A bloody, murderous tale of ambition and revenge. Think Tarantino does Robin Hood, but instead of an honorable noble joining a band of merry rebels, a disinherited young prince who joins a band of murderous bandits. All taking place world that has a lot in common with Medieval Europe, only with a few supernatural horrors spread about. Prince Honorous Jorg, or 'Brother Jorgy' as he is known to his fellow raiders, has a knack for strategy and an urge for homicide. Jorg will murder his friends almost as quick as his enemies to achieve his goals, or just because. While he's the primary character of the story, Jorgy is no hero. The closest thing to a heroic streak he has in him is his thurst for revenge against those who have wronged his family. In fact, I would argue Jorg is the villain of the story. As a general fan of grimdark fantasy, this book did not disappoint. I burned through this novel in less than a week, and am already enjoying the followup.

Aug 04, 2017

I too, loved this book. Think GOT, mixed with Quentin Tarntino. Tons of action, and smart humour. This will be an author I follow.

Jul 10, 2017

I loved this book sooo much! The character Jorg is fascinating! He is truly an evil character yet he can still manage to be so well-loved by the reader. However, this is also why this book isn't for everyone; for some, there is just too much violence, rape and general evilness from the 'protagonist' but that's also why some people love it. One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because I felt the control that Jorg had, over the whole book no matter how despairing the events might seem; he always seemed to have the confidence that he will come out on top and I believed in him the whole way through. There are books that are defined by its well developed settings and overall plot, and there are books defined by its engaging characters. Mark Lawrance's Prince of Thorns is definitely both; I am in love with its characters and the Prince of Thorns world!

Nov 18, 2016

I really loved Mark Lawrence's writing style and I think the idea was really fascinating: but it was difficult to get through not only does the journey go kind of nowhere in the middle of the book, but the main character is a really crappy guy and insanely hard to like, even if there's a reason to his madness.

Apr 30, 2016

Quite possibly the beginning to my new favorite series. The main character Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath is a sadistic narrative voice fully capable of walking the hard line separating evil from whatever's left in this harsh world. Oh, and he most definitely treads (skips, frolics, jollies) on the path of evil. What's left is a diverse cast of ne'er do wells who don't ever do well - and honor and virtue are rewarded with a momentary feelings of loss as Jorg treads the path of losing what's left of his innocence as the world around him lets him know that he is just a boy playing in a man's world. This is Dark Fantasy at the top of its game - the violence may seem gratuitous at first but you really need it to pave the way for King of Thorns - a book that rewards Jorgy boy with regret, anguish, and the false hope that he could be a better man.

Feb 02, 2015

Be forewarned: it's super rapey, in the first 10 pages. The hero Jorg both endorses and partakes (although not graphically). Not the book for me. I'm not sure it was necessary, and I am sure it wasn't handled with care.

Kereesa Jan 28, 2015

Nope. Nope. Nope. Definitely NOT for me.

Jan 11, 2015

This fast-paced novel features a ruthless hero who is also the darkest of villains. Young crown prince Jorg cares little for anyone else and delights in the horrors of his blood-soaked quest for revenge. Mark Lawrence's writing is unusually sharp for the fantasy genre.

Jul 05, 2014

A definite must-read! I absolutely loved this book and it's sequels! This is a very well written and extremely exciting beginning to a great trilogy. It is a bloody, violent, and fast-paced book, and anyone who loves action, dark fantasy, violence or great anti-heroes should definitely give this a read.

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