King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 2) by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 2)

By Mark Lawrence

  • Release Date: 2012-08-16
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 111 Ratings
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The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition.

To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…

The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.

A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.

Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.


Praise for Prince of Thorns:

‘Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely stunning… jaw-dropping’

‘Excellent – on a par with George R.R. Martin’

‘[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale.’
Publishers Weekly

‘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.’

About the author

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say 'this isn't rocket science … oh wait, it actually is'.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.


  • Stunning story of revenge

    By guyfrmars
    This book grows on you.First you'll struggle to understand the relevance of some chapters but think it as a few stories written apart towards an epic conclusion. The author melds stories of long lost magics we called science with a unique interpretation of a world of magic and mystics. Read it once and if you don't like it,read it again. Sometimes the mind can be slow to recognise a fantastic read
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  • King of thorns

    By RogerHard
    Up there with George R Martin and Oliver Bowden Lawrence takes you on a ride with the anti hero to best them all. It is a pleasure to read and Jorge is a maze of good and evil in eternal flux. I bought the first book with no knowledge of the author or the story just looking for more plane fodder to while away the hours what I found was a stunning novel that breaks the mold. Bravo