Sunday 25 May 2014

Book Review: Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire # 1) by Mark Lawrence

Title: Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire # 1)
Author: Mark Lawrence
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 2012 (2011)
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Xmas Gift

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When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. At thirteen, he led 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 hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched 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 his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Prince of Thorns is an entertaining read and features an interesting plot and a lovable anti-hero. However, for me it fell a little flat. The writing was fine, the pacing good and the characters memorable, but the book was just missing that little extra spark to truly make me love it.

I would read the other two books in the series but I won't be going out of my way to get them as soon as possible.

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