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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...

Book Reviews

King of Thorns
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4.3 / 5
February 19th, 2015
I could barely put it down. The book reads as a brilliant memoir, from a man who is tortured by his own existence and deeds, but doesn't notice it.
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Exciting and unpredictably evil. Great!
January 6th, 2015
This sequel may be better than the first book and I certainly read it faster. I'm loving Lawrence's clear mastery over vindicating the antihero. The characters are wonderfully crafted, grown and carved away from the plot. So enjoyable.
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Epic journey and war
July 28th, 2014
This book improves on the first and I love how the author cleverly narrates a battle in a day, with constant flashbacks to an epic journey and memories locked away, being released bit by bit. I enjoy every single character created, mourn the passing of each. I thank the author for his intelligence and imagination, and look forward to his next book and many more.
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1 review
March 16th, 2014
As the title says, dark and intriguing. Thumbs up! .
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King of Thorns - 2nd book in series
January 22nd, 2014
Looking forward to book 3 (Emperor of Thorns) to see what Jorg & the Brothers get up to.
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October 26th, 2013
Excellent sequel. Can't wait to read the next one!
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1 review
More mature than Prince of Thorns
October 23rd, 2013
It's a great sequel to the Prince of Thorns. More of the same, with the main character maturing (with the author, no doubt). Looking forward to read Emperor of Thorns.
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August 28th, 2013
Great exciting and gripping read
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1 review
An epic in the making.
April 17th, 2013
Gloriously dark. Morbid, and macabre. This is a series not to miss. I hope for more.
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