King of Thorns
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
In book two of the Broken Empire trilogy, the boy who would be king has gained the throne—but the crown is a heavy weight to bear...At age nine, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath vowed to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and to punish his father for not doing so. At fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now, at eighteen, he must fight for what he has taken by torture and treachery.Haunted by the pain of his past, and plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he has committed, King Jorg is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, an overwhelming enemy force marches on his castle.Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But he has found a long-hidden cache of ancient artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain—all he knows is that their secrets can be put to terrible use in the coming battle...
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"Jorg's arc finally starts to grow into something tangible here. He is horrible, he is kind, he murders without thought, he gives a gift to a dying child. I am just in awe of his complexity. Honestly my feelings for Jorg have become muddled throughout. He does things that cannot be forgiven and then *snap* just like that I submit. This character is what drew me in and I have never read his like. Though on the downside Jorg was so withdrawn in the last book it was extremely difficult to care for any of the others especially the brothers. Luckily with his growth I finally began to pick out their different attributes with little effort.<br/><br/>'A small part was that terrible two-edged sword called experience, cutting away at the cruel child I was, carving out whatever man be yet to come. I promised a better one. Though I have been known to lie.'<br/><br/>So in my last review I mulled over my confusion of the story. Was it just Jorg's circumstance or the writing style? I found out it was a little of both but the writing style for sure. I felt like I was following along with no clear path so I gave up and just began to continue reading in the hopes that one would appear. That made me realize that an event I had no idea of before would turn into something profound later. <br/><br/>'As Maical would say, it helps to have the elephant of surprise on your side.'<br/><br/>This story had many twist and turns. Still though I think I need to step back and give my thoughts longer to process. For instance the twist were jaw dropping and paced out very well. But the author began foreshadowing so early on that it took away most of the shock value. And again the writing style and character traits were off base. I mean one and a half books later I finally got a character profile on Grumlow. This just seemed a bit of a let down for me. I couldn't relate or care for anyone until it was almost to late. So deaths became less impactful as well.<br/><br/>"How...."<br/>"Topology," I said. "It's a kind of magic."<br/><br/>Still just Jorg and his unpredictability drove me on. Of course the world is unique and their are a multitude characters. I can't very well say diverse but they are different and strange almost not even fitting in the story sometimes. But without Jorg I'm afraid there wouldn't be much holding me. Yet there is that sinking feeling that not all is as it seems so I'm looking forward to getting sides swiped in the end.<br/><br/>'And that exhausts my insights into the kicking of severed heads. Admittedly it's more than most people have to offer on the subject but there were the Mayans who knew a lot more than I do. That of course is a whole different ball-game.'"
"I just finished The Folk of Air series by Holly Black, it was really good if you haven’t read it yet. I haven’t actually read this one yet, but it’s on my to be read. "